How to Drink More Water
Tips on how to drink more water - EVERY day!!
If you ask a nutritionist how to drink more water, they will usually say “drink when you're thirsty”. The problem with that is, I'm never thirsty! I can go all day without drinking anything at all and not even realize it. In order for me to drink more water and make sure my body stays hydrated, I have to set alarms, make it fun, and even add fruit or flavoring sometimes.
How to Drink More Water
How much water you need to drink depends on a variety of things:
— your size (height/weight)
— your general health
— if you're pregnant/breastfeeding
— exercise level
While Weight Watchers says you need to drink 48 ounces of liquid a day, and they allow you to count coffee, tea, and even juice and diet soda, I completely disagree with them on this. I'm a huge fan of drinking half your bodyweight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 pounds, aim for 100 ounces. There are many studies to back this up, along with my own personal experience and a recommendation from my doctor. If your weight loss stalls, not drinking enough water could be the culprit (sodium could be another one).
So my recommendation is ot drink…drink…drink!
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Apps to help you drink water
There are so many apps to help you remember to hydrate each day. I just started using Plant Nanny. If you're old school, track your water intake in your bullet journal!
Plant Nanny: Adorable app where you grow a plant as you drink water. Available on Google Play and iTunes.
Waterbalance: Delivers facts about water and health. Allows you to earn badges and share achievements with friends. Available on Google Play and iTunes.
Daily Water: Simple, single-focused app. If you don't want any fluff, this is the app for you. Available on iTunes.
Ways to dress up water
Flavor packets: There are so many options for flavoring water, including Mio and Crystal Light. I absolutely love the Great Value flavor packets, especially the lemonade and strawberry lemonade flavors. :) The Crystal Light Fruit Punch is also one of my favorite flavors. I make a large pitcher of it a few times a week. I drink it EVERY day. It is really good and a great way to get a lot of water in daily.
Add fruit: Search Pinterest for “fruit water” or “fruit infused water”. Since fruit is a 0 point food, you don't have to worry about racking up points. I recommend adding raspberries, mint leaves, lemon, lime, grapefruit and cucumber. All are delicious so have fun with it
Seltzer Water: Simple Truth Organic has several different flavors and they are all zero points for 12 oz.
Drink Throughout the Day: It is better for you if you are drinking water throughout the day – vs. the “all at once” method that we use when we forget to drink and try to make up for it. So, try setting a timer on your phone to reoccur daily at 8am, 11am, 2pm and 5pm, for example. When it goes off, drink a glass of water. Also, drink a glass with every meal. Chances are, if you do these two simple techniques, you will hit your water goal daily without having to think about it.
Drink every Morning: Set a tall glass of water on your night stand before you go to bed at night. When you wake up, the first thing you should do is drink that glass of water. My hair dresser actually gave me that little nugget. Turns out, it works great. I do it every night. I spend a few minutes in bed in the morning just drinking it down. If the water isn't already there, I get distracted with feeding the cat, opening the shades and the 101 other little things I do when I arise. So putting it on the night stand works wonders for me.
Carry a large water bottle at all times: My daughter swears by this method. She has a huge water jug with her everywhere she goes. She hooks it to her backpack, purse, or whatever she is using that day. She says she can't go anywhere without it. It helps keep her hydrated and feeling good all day. You can find them at Target or Walmart or really anywhere.
If you're still drinking soda, juice, Starbucks, etc this one may work for you. Before you allow yourself to get a Starbucks drink (or soda or whatever), you must drink 12 ounces of water. If you're used to starting your day with Starbucks, that might be difficult, but it's worth trying. Or, if you start your day with Starbucks you can do that but ONLY if you promise to drink half your body weight in ounces of water throughout the day. Don't drink the water? Don't get Starbucks the next day.
It seems silly but sometimes I have to play games with myself and figure out a way to be tricked or bribed into drinking water. It works. After a while, drinking enough water will become a habit.
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