Water is key to successfully managing your weight. Many times, your body confuses the signals of thirst for hunger, causing you to eat when you are simply thirsty. This doesn’t mean you should reach for the nearest soda to help ward off your hunger. While sugar-sweetened sodas do provide water, they are usually chalk full of empty calories and added sugar. Instead, reach for a glass of water.
Don’t like the taste of pure water? Try adding a slice of lemon, lime or orange, a sprig of mint or a few fresh berries.
Helping to reduce your weight isn’t all this no-calorie drink can do. It also helps you feel good, as it keeps your body temperature normal, cushions joints, protects your spinal cord, and allows your body to secrete waste. So look good, & feel good with water!
How can you sneak more water into your day?
- Drink a glass of water with and between each meal.
- Eat foods that have high water content such as broth soups, melons and tomatoes.
- Infuse your water with fresh fruits, diversifying its taste.
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you.
How much water should you be drinking?
There isn’t a set recommendation of ounces per day you should be drinking, as water intake varies from one individual to another and is based on many factors.
When exercising or participating in an event that makes you sweat, you will need to consume more water to replenish the loss in fluid. This is also the case if you are in a hot or humid environment, are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any other health conditions that cause large amounts of fluid to be lost. A lack of water can lead to dehydration, where your body is lacking enough water to carry out normal functions, draining your energy and making you more tired.
Some people may have fluid restrictions because of a health problem. If your healthcare provider has told you to restrict your fluid intake, be sure to follow that advice.
Source: The Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention