Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday's Tip of the Day

Drink water. 

Are you serious about being a healthier person? If so, something that WILL help you is to drink lots of water!  It helps you lose weight by flushing down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water cancels out the hunger pangs. It's an effective appetite suppressant which will cause you to eat less. And the added bonus is that water has zero calories! (So does Diet soda but y'all know my thoughts on that one...)

Water is important. Here are some of the facts and functions of water:

 (Borrowed from this site so sorry about the typos...)

So, let's talk water....As you've probably heard, 64 ounces a day is recommended. This equates to about two quarts of water, spread out throughout the day. This amount is okay for the average person, but if you're overweight, you should drink another eight ounces for every 25 pounds of excess weight you carry. You should also increase this amount this if you live in a hot climate or exercise very intensely.

When you make the commitment to drink more water, it will be tough at first. During the first few days, you'll be running to the bathroom constantly. This can be annoying and it may interfere with an otherwise normal day at work or spent with your kids. Don't call me and complain about how it seems that the water is coming out just as fast as it's going in. I promise you that it is not a fruitless task - DO NOT GIVE UP.  During that time, your body is flushing itself of the water it has been storing throughout all those years of "survival mode". It takes a while, but a beautiful thing is happening to you. As you continue to give your body all the water it could ask for, it gets rid of what it doesn't need. It gets rid of the water it was holding onto in your hips...your thighs...your ankles... even your belly. On your bathroom trips, you are excreting much more than you realize. Your body comes to realize that it doesn't need to save these stores anymore. It trusts that the water will keep coming, and if it does continue to come, eventually, the flushing (of both the body and the potty) will cease, allowing you to return to a normal life. This cleanse for the body is well worth it and you should notice some changes in the shape of your body as well as in your skin. I remember when I first did this and my husband kept telling me how great my skin looked and how soft it was - what a great feeling:)

Glance in the toilet next time you finish your business. If your urine isn't clear or a very pale yellow, chances are you need more water. Try adding in some water and report back and let me know how it went. And remember, don't give up. Those benefits I mentioned may take awhile but they are WORTH IT!!!!

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