Drinking adequate amounts of water is one of the best things you can do for your health. You probably already know that staying hydrated before, during, and after exercising is essential. However, staying hydrated is also very important when you are trying to achieve maximum fat loss on a diet program. Below are a few tips that will help ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day.
Purchase a Large Water Bottle: Purchase a water bottle that holds at least 24 ounces of water. Divide your water intake goal by the number of ounces that the bottle you purchased can hold. If your goal is to drink at least 100 ounces of water a day to optimize your fat loss, you know you will have to drink at least five bottles. Go shopping for a water bottle that you really like, is easy to clean, and keeps your water cool. There are so many water bottle varieties these days, so make this fun!
Keep Your Water Bottle with You Throughout the Day: You are more likely to drink water if it is in your sightline, so keep water within your reach. Give your water bottle a spot on your desk. Take it with you when you go to meetings or special appointments. Challenge yourself to consume a certain amount of water before particular points of the day.
Refill Your Bottle Once it is Empty: Once you have emptied your water bottle, do not just leave your bottle to dry. Refill it! It is easy to forget to drink water with an empty bottle. If your office has a water cooler, take a quick break to fill up your water bottle.
Try the 2 Cup Method: Drink 2 cups of water first thing in the morning and 2 cups before bed. Have 2 cups of water before, during, and after exercising, and 2 cups of water with each meal. This may not get you all the way to your intake goal, but it serves as a way to get you started, and keeps you on track for your fat loss goal.
Mix Things Up with Infused Water: If you want to add some color and flavor to your water, infused water is the way to go. If possible, pick a clear water bottle or glass to use when infusing the water. It is always an added bonus when you can enjoy the way your water looks. Select 1-2 fresh fruits, vegetables, or herbs to infuse your water. Remember to watch your portion size and not go over your daily allowance to stay on track with your fat loss diet program. Place the selected fruit in your bottle or glass, add water, and let stand for 5-10 minutes before enjoying. Play around with different combinations. Give lemon and cinnamon infused water a try. Or, try cucumber and mint. Be creative, and enjoy all the benefits of staying hydrated.