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W is for Water and Weight loss


Well, of course water helps with losing weight—but I feel like I’m going to drown if I drink more! What gives?


Well, hello community!


I used to drink two glasses of water before a meal in order to eat less. Before I knew that I should do this at least half an hour beforehand so as NOT to dilute my stomach juices I did it right before. Cold water.


Made me nauseous.


I sure did eat less though.


Other problems ensued—which I will discuss another time, I’m sure.


Water for Weight Loss Thought One: Drink a few ounces of water before a meal to give your stomach the message that it’s safe. It does serve as an appetite suppressant. So that’s cool. Add a squeeze or squirt of lemon to boost your digestion.


Drinking some water before eating is also a cool way to find out if you’re actually hungry. Sometimes the signals get mixed up. Often we’re thirsty and we only think we’re hungry.


Try some water first. Sit with it a little bit.


Unless you know you’re hungry, of course!


Water for Weight Loss Thought Two: Water in the body helps us move waste out of the body. And that clears out the garbage which may have literally been weighing us down. True story.


Water for Weight Loss Thought Three: Diet beverages are proving to be much more trouble than we thought they were worth. Let’s add fruit to our plain water to make it more interesting rather than imbibe these chemicals. This is a win-win because we’re actually adding healthy nutrients not stripping them away.


Your health is worth much more than that sweet taste. Not only do diet bevvies disrupt the gut microbiome, they can lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes.


Water for Weight Loss Thought Four: We are practically made of water. Just as our planet is. How curious!


Our bodies require plenty of water in order to make all of its miracles happen. When we provide it, our digestion works optimally and all of our macronutrients—proteins, fats, carbs—are broken down efficiently. Particularly our fats.


Water for Weight Loss Thought Five: With hydration we experience more energy, less fatigue—and with less fatigue we experience less out-of-control eating.


True for me, how about you?


Water for Weight Loss Thought Six: Calculate your rough guideline for How Much Water by dividing your body weight (in pounds) by 2. The resulting number is the number, in ounces, which you can aim for drinking daily.


I suggest to clients they they fill up their containers each morning—preferably glass or stainless steel—so they can see their goal in real time—and then sip on that throughout the day.


Don’t firehose yourself by gulping, but gradually drink. And gradually build up to your goal amount. Generally we want to max the amount out at 100 ounces, but everyone is unique. And the type of water you drink matters too. Read more about that here.


Feel free to reach out with questions! I know this touches the tip of the watery iceberg and there is so much more below the, ah, surface, so I’m here for you.


I am offering a full week of free content to the women of my Facebook group in my upcoming Reclaim Your Wellness Masterclass February 15-22, 2021. We will be diving into anxiety-busting and sugar-detoxing and you’d better believe water will show up!


Here’s the link to register.


Resources:

Increased Hydration Can Be Associated with Weight Loss (nih.gov)

6 reasons why drinking water can help you to lose weight (medicalnewstoday.com)

Effects on weight loss in adults of replacing diet beverages with water during a hypoenergetic diet: a randomized, 24-wk clinical trial | The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Oxford Academic (oup.com)


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