When Gold is NOT the standard| tips for drinking more water

How much water should you drink? Most people I talk to, say they do not drink enough. It is probably one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health and may aid in weight loss.

What You Drink Affects Your Waistline

Eight, 8 oz glasses a day.

It’s the rule of thumb that most of us learned. Is it enough?

I’d say its a great place to start, however, it may not be enough for you. The Institute of Medicine’s latest recommendations now state that men should aim for 3 liters, or or about 13 cups, of fluids per day, while women should strive for 2.2 liters, or around 9 cups, daily. You may need more in warm weather or if you are a regular exerciser.

Increasing your water could shrink your waistline. Here are some quick tips for drinking more water without feeling like you are drowning:

  • Drink a large glass of water at transitional times during the day: when you get up in the morning, before leaving home, when you arrive at work, after using the restroom, etc.
  • Try sipping from a straw; some people feel drinking through a straw helps them drink more.
  • Drink one glass of water each hour on the hour.
  • Dilute fruit juices with water 50:50. Just pay attention to the extra calories and over time work to further dilute them. Eventually, you may not need the juice!
  • Participate in a water CHALLENGE!  Do it with a group of friends, help keep other accountable, get a little competitive…post about it on Facebook for fun!
  • When you feel a craving for junk food or sweets, drink a glass of water instead. Thirst often gets mistaken for hunger!
  • Bring a 2-liter bottle of water to work. If you have not finished by the end of the day, finish it on the drive home.
  • Add frozen bits of lemon, lime or oranges to cool water. I had a fun combo at the hotel in St Louis this weekend…water, pineapple slices, orange slices and mint. It was VERY refreshing.
  • Drink two full glasses at each meal – one before and one after eating.
  • Carry a refillable water bottle everywhere – walking, shopping, driving, watching television, doing laundry, etc.
  • Drink from an attractive or special container.
  • To keep track of quantity consumed, pour water from a liter bottle or measuring cup as you drink throughout the day. I know a lot of people who just carry a gallon around! :O

I read that if you are not getting up to urinate at least once per night you are not drinking enough! I don’t know about that but I do know that the color of your urine may be the quickest way to determine if you are well hydrated. So…what color is YOUR pee?

 

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