Stay Hydrated, Lose Inches (5 Tips)
Finally it seems that summer is upon us. The time for sipping on a cold drink on a patio, BBQ’s with friends and family and more outdoor activity is going to be a big part of life for the next 4 and maybe even 5 months.
This time of year also calls for more awareness around staying hydrated while out and about. I always tell my clients, “master hydration and you get a winning situation for your health and your waistline.
Here is the laundry list of benefits from getting enough fluids in:
- Regulates Body Temperature
- Lubricates Joints
- Moistens Mouth Nose & Eyes
- Protects Organs & Tissues
- Helps With Bowel Movements
- Key Component To Kidney & Liver Function
- Carries Nutrients & Oxygen to blood cells
- Helps to dissolve vitamins and minerals so the body can absorb them
- Help manage appetite
Naturally you can see there are plenty of great health benefits to getting in the right amount of fluids. But how does that help your waistline?
For starters, drinking more zero calorie fluids helps you to feel more full between meals making you less likely to snack. Also sipping on fluids during a meal makes you more likely to eat less.
It’s pretty simple, but I also give my clients a guideline to strive for and defined a protocol for mastering hydration. Here it is:
- Drink enough water each day so your urine is pale yellow to nearly clear most days. (Usually 8-14cups for most people, but it varies from person to person and day to day based on activity level, how much fruits and vegetables you eat, having soup and cereal etc. So work on finding your optimal level, mine is 14-16 cups a day.
- Consume 4 or less total cups of calorie containing drinks in the week.
Note: If you normally have 1-2 cups of coffee or tea with 1 sugar and 1 cream or less, you can count that as a non-calorie drink.
And finally, if you need some strategies to get more fluids in the day here are 5 battle tested tips:
HOW TO INCREASE WATER INTAKE
1. Have 1-2 cups with each meal
With each meal take sips in between bites. This also helps with slowing down your meal. Or simply start or end your meal with a big glass
2. Set an alarm
Set your alarm to go off at certain intervals in the day as a reminder to drink 1⁄2cup to 2 cups of water. Popular times in the past are: 9:30am, 1:45pm, 3:30pm
3. Carry A Water Bottle Around
Get yourself an eco-friendly water bottle that you can sip on during the day. Depending on the size, tie some elastic bands over the bottle and remove an elastic each time you drank all the water and had to refill. This reminds you of how much you had and how much more you need to drink.
4. Add Flavor For Variety
Adding citrus, fruit or cucumber and mint to your water is a great way to add some variety and give you an extra kick of nutrients at the same time.
5. Weed Out The Liquid Calories
If 4 Cups or less of calorie drinks is too hard, start with weeding out a little at a time. A “Tall instead of a Grande, 1⁄2 a can instead of a full one etc.
Start tracking how many cups of fluids you have in a day and how many of those are from calories and look to improve how many zero calorie drinks you have and lower the calorie containing beverages and enjoy the summer.
If you’d like to know how to make sure you drink more water, especially to help you achieve your fitness and weight goals, I have created a special 1 page hydration tip sheet for you.
If you would like to have it, simply click here to download.
- Robin Mungall NSCA CPT
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