ONE SIMPLE CHANGE CAN HELP YOUR BODY REACH IT’S PEAK
One of the simplest changes you can make in your diet to lose weight is to drink more water and less sugary drinks such as pop, fruit juices and sugary coffee drinks. Most people hate water because it’s “too boring”. If you struggle with getting in adequate water here are 5 tips and tricks you can use to help get hydrated:
1) Fill up a water bottle and have one at home, one in your car, and one at work. Being thirsty is often an initial sign of dehydration and having easy access to something to drink will cut down on spontaneously purchase of sugary drinks.
2) If taste is an issue, try buying a couple lemons and limes. Slice them thinly and put a couple slices in your water bottle. This will immediately give some flavour and also lemon can actually help a little bit with increasing your metabolism. You can also use frozen fruit of any variety to achieve the same effect!
3) If that’s not enough to help you out, and you’re not sensitive to artificial sweeteners, you can utilize water flavour additives such as Mio.
4) If fruit juice is your thing, try diluting your juice with water to reduce the amount of sugar you are drinking. Aim for a 2:1 ratio of water:juice to start, then increase to 3:1 once you’ve adjusted. After a while, drinking regular juice will taste much too sweet for your palate.
5) Pop is a killer for many people and often it’s because of the carbonation combined with sugar that causes addiction to it. While the jury’s still out on drinking diet pop due to chemicals, that is one option you could take. However, you can also create your own carbonated drinks to satisfy your pop cravings! Either buy carbonated water and drink that, or you can add it to diluted juice or flavoured drinks for that extra kick! There are also devices you can buy now (such as SodaStream) which allows you to take your tap water and carbonate it in your home.
Often food guides advocate that the average person drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. But because oz. is often used as their measurement, this confuses many people who use millilitres and litres as their measurement units. So how much should you actually drink?
Aim to start with 3-4 Litres of water a day (approx. 1 gallon). Combine this with lowering your intake of sugary drinks and you will feel better, have more energy, and should notice a drop in your weight provided you are eating in moderation.