How I lost 25 lbs (for FREE) in 6 Months – Part 3
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3. Be intentional about rehydrating with water
Our bodies are made up of approximately 60 % water for the average adult. Just like our vehicles won’t function without gas and oil, our bodies won’t function properly without water. We have to intentionally replace the water our body uses and loses.
Thirst alone is not always the best indicator of when our bodies are low on water. By the time we are experiencing thirst we are already a little dehydrated. That’s why we are thirsty. If we feel “foggy” or have headaches, irritability, decreased energy or feeling tired, food cravings, dark yellow urine or muscle and joint aches, it’s likely a sign that you need more water. If you constantly experience any of the above symptoms, try drinking more water instead of reaching for the ibuprofen or coffee or coke. Those things just make it worse in the long run.
To read more about this subject and what constant (even mild) dehydration does to our body click here.
If you want to reset your metabolism, cleanse your body, help your major organs function more efficiently, lose weight and overall just feel more amazing and have more energy then just follow this plan.
How to Stay Hydrated
- Drink one quart of water before eating in the morning or drinking coffee. Make a cup of coffee the reward for drinking the quart of water.
- Make drinking a gallon of water your goal for each day.
- Use a quart container that you love. Or one that makes it easy for you to keep track of the amount you are drinking. I have a quart mason jar with a handle so I only have to keep track of drinking four of these each day.
- Have a way to take your allotted water along with you. I like Cool Gear for this. They have 12 oz, 16 oz or 33 oz containers that look like a tall ice tea can or a soda can. It makes you feel like you are drinking something other than water, if you need that sort of motivation, like I need. The idea is to have a container that you love to use.
- Use room temperature water rather than ice water. You can drink room temperature water faster than ice water. I prefer to just drink the first quart quickly and this is accomplished easier if it’s not too cold. However, ice water does burn a few more calories as your body has to warm it up, so you choose.
- Drink 8 oz. before any meal or before eating anything. So if you feel hungry, drink at least 8 oz. before eating anything.
- Drink 8 oz. of water before any exercise so you are well hydrated before you start.
- Drink 8 oz. after every 30 min of exercise.
- Drink 16 ounces about two hours before you will go to bed. If you drink it two hours before, hopefully you won’t be in the bathroom right away as some of it will have gone through before you go to bed.
So let’s add that up.
- 1 quart (32 ounces) first thing in the morning +
- 8 ounces before each meal or snack (32-40 ounces) +
- 8 ounces before you exercise +
- 8 ounces for every 30 minutes you exercise +
- 16 ounces two hours before you expect to go to bed
- = 94-100 ounces or 3 quarts!
So just making sure you do the above will get you ¾ of the way to drinking one gallon of water a day! Then just keep trying to increase it or adding a little here and there until you consistently drink one gallon a day.
Trust me. It helps to have a plan or a blueprint to follow. If you wait until you feel thirsty you won’t drink near enough water. Just follow this plan and you will easily stay hydrated and happy!
If you do just this one thing, it will help immensely on your quest to feel better and lose weight. I know people who have only increased water intake and nothing else and have lost weight. You naturally don’t eat as much, it resets your metabolism and cleanses your body so it works better and more efficiently.