It’s easy to forget to drink water, but it’s so important for good health and especially for weight loss. When we get dehydrated, cortisol levels rise. Cortisol is a stress hormone which causes you to store more fat around your waist.
We need water to burn fat, and dehydration can block fat burning. Our bodies are 70% water, and when dehydrated our bodies can be down to 45% or 50% water – bad news!
In addition, drinking more water helps regulate your blood sugar level. As blood sugar levels rise, drinking more water causes you to urinate more, and that helps get some of the excess sugar out of your system.
The tricky part is that when we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated, so we need to keep sipping during the day so we don’t get to this point.
This does not include coffee, tea, juices, or soft drinks. It means just plain water. Essentials oils can be added to the water. That’s okay. Some of them actually promote weight loss, like lemon, grapefruit, orange, ocotea, and peppermint. You can also add a squeeze of lemon or lime to your water, or even a few mint or cilantro leaves or cucumber slices.
It’s helpful to keep a journal of your water intake, especially if your one of those people who easily forgets or doesn’t want to stop working. You can set your phone timer to stop every thirty minutes and start sipping, or leave post-it’s in key places. Do whatever you need to do to make it a priority.
It’s best to avoid drinking during meals because it dilutes digestive juices. It’s also best to avoid drinking water from plastic bottles because plastic has phthalates in it. This is a toxic ingredient that can disrupt hormone functioning and promote obesity. Plus, the extensive use of plastic bottles is creating an environmental nightmare.
It’s also best to avoid ice water, which shuts down the digestive process. If you drink ice water with a high-fat meal (like fast foods) it increases your risk of forming gall stones.
A general guideline is to drink half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 140 pounds that would be 70 ounces of water a day, or 8.75 cups.
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