Rule of thumb: Drink roughly HALF your body weight in ounces of water each day.
Now, math was never my best subject, but that’s kind of a LOT of water! My advice? Work your way up to it. And face that fact that you’re going to have to pee. A lot. But over time (about 3 weeks) your body will begin to absorb more of the water you’ve been giving it, and that’s when the real magic happens! That’s when you’ll begin to reap all the benefits we talked about earlier.
Here are 4 TIPS to help you drink your liquid gold:
- Earn your fix:
- I chug a full 12-ounce glass of water first thing in the morning while my coffee is brewing. I don’t let myself have even one sip of the nectar of life until that water is gone. This was hard to do in the beginning, but it’s a habit now so I don’t even think twice about it.
- Put a ring on it:
- Place five or six rubber bands around the top of your water bottle (depending on how many ounces it holds) at the beginning of each day. As you take the last drink and refill your bottle, move one of the rubber bands to the bottom of your water bottle. This is an excellent visual aid to help ensure that you’re actually getting all your water in.
- Some like it hot:
- I’m one of those weird people who orders water with no ice at a restaurant. I hate frozen drinks, okay? Don’t judge. Plus, I’m almost always cold, so for me drinking my water hot is a no brain-(freeze)er.
- Spice it up:
- Yes, you can add yummy things to make your water more palatable. But sorry folks, the answer is No, coffee & iced tea don’t count towards your water intake (because of the caffeine). Green tea, herbal tea, lemon, cucumber and essential oils are all fine to help flavor your water. But I strongly advise you to avoid any of that flavored crap that has artificial sweeteners in it. Especially diet soda. That stuff is poison and in no way will help you reach your health and weight loss goals.
I’ve been right where you are. I get that deciding to become healthier can be overwhelming. My friend, just take it one day at a time. One choice at a time. And surround yourself with other women who have been there, who know that it’s really hard but it’s really worth it. Women who will encourage you and teach you how to do it and tell you to get your butt into gear when you need it. [Oops! I meant to say women who will gently guide you to stay accountable to a healthier lifestyle.]
Be well, and drink up, my friends.