Okay, there is nothing sexy about this. All I drink is water. I’ll have a diet Coke if I go out to eat on the weekends to make me feel like I’m not really dieting. But other than that, it’s all water. Now, I’m one of those girls who like to order fruit smoothies with her dinner and drink a tall glass of apple juice with my breakfast. But while dieting, I realized that I was drinking lots of my calories. And trust me, I’d rather apply my calories to something more filling and fun like yogurt, granola or a chocolate rice cake. So I had to cut out the fun drinks. But, guess what? When I drink water, I lose weight. If I eat right, exercise but don’t drink lots of water, the weight comes off much slower. So that should be motivation enough as to why you should get your drink on.
I try to get in six to eight 16-ounce bottles a day. My goal is to drink a gallon of water daily. However, if I hit 5-6 six bottles in a day, I’m cool with that. I know it can be tough to get in all that water each day. That’s why I’m sharing 3 tips and tricks that I use to get them in.
Tip #1 – Work Out
I find that I drink way more water on the days that I work out. I can go through two 16-ounce bottles of water during my workout. I’ll have a bottle with my breakfast and then I’ll force another bottle down right before I hit the showers. That’s four bottles of water – a half gallon of water – all before 10:00am! I’ll down two bottles with lunch and two more with my dinner. There you have it, a gallon of water in a day.
Tip #2 – Put Your Water in a Visible Place
One thing that helps is that when I get up in the morning, I’ll immediately put eight bottles of water out on the counter. I do this for two reasons. The first reason I do this is so I can see the water. Just seeing it is a constant reminder to drink my water. The second reason I do this is because I lose track of how many bottles I’ve consumed throughout the day. During the day, I am running after my kids, doing laundry and working on the computer. It’s easy for me to forget how many bottles of water I have already drank. Just a quick look at the counter and I know how many more bottles I need to drink to reach my goal of a gallon a day.
Tip #3 – Drink When Hungry
Did you know that your body confuses hunger and thirst symptoms? So when you feel those hunger pangs, you may actually be thirsty, not hungry. Your body may be telling you to get more water in your diet. So if I think I’m hungry, I’ll just grab a bottle of water. This is especially good if I have an hour or two to go before I have to eat again. The water fills me up and holds me over to my next meal time.
I know, I know! It is difficult to drink only water. But when you see those pounds dropping off it will inspire you to keep drinking more water. Also, a funny thing will happen, your body will actually start craving water. So drink up.
Which of these tips will you use to drink more water while dieting? Leave a comment in the section below and let me know.
Want to learn the tools Dr. Wilson used to lose 20 pounds? Download her FREE CHEAT SHEET: 8 Apps, Gadgets and Tools to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals on her blog. Dr. Marcella Wilson is a Computer Science professor. She participated in a Wedding Dress Challenge with Redbook Magazine where she lost weight with the help of celebrity trainers to fit back into her wedding dress. As a result, on her blog, MarcellaWilson.com, Dr. Wilson blogs about blogging, social media and weight loss.