I’d love for you to stop what you are doing right now for just 1 minute…
Think about how much water you’ve had so far today.
Go one step further and think about how much water you consume on a daily basis.
Would you say you drink a lot or a little amount of water each day?
Is it at least half your body weight in fluid ounces a day (150lbs = 75 ounces)?
Do you drink water first thing in the morning when you wake up?
Is there a big ol’ glass of H2O sitting at your bedside in the morning before you even get out of bed?
It’s fascinating how many people are living in a state of constant dehydration!
The reason I bring this topic up is because when people ask me, “What should I start eating to lose weight”?
I always start by talking FIRST about “what are you drinking”?
For the most part, people know what they shouldn’t eat when trying to lose weight.
Junk foods, fast foods, desserts, soda…it’s no mystery what’s bad for us.
And when it comes to what we should eat in order to lose weight, I am going to guess that most of you know what foods are healthy. EAT THAT!
Most People Forget To Stay Hydrated
What I find so often is that most people sabotage their progress by forgetting to stay hydrated.
Which is the most important element of our human body and function!
- We are made up of about 70% water.
- Around ¾ of this water is held inside our cell walls.
- Water is involved in every system and every event in our bodies, nothing happens without it.
Water is the vehicle for every nutrient, hormone, chemical messenger, enzyme, electrolyte and brain impulse.
- Inside our cells is where mineral salts, electrolytes and water combine to create electrical energy that fires up the mitochondria, the power plant of the cell. Everything we do starts there….But not without water.
- Water is the temperature control center of the body.
- Water is responsible for removing waste matter produced in our cells.
- Water in the form of synovial fluids, is the viscous cushion that keeps our joints from grinding and our spinal discs from rubbing.
- Water operates our immune system.
- Our brains and nervous system are nearly all water – 85 and 95 % respectively.
- Water is important to all our surfaces – our skin, hair, nails, eyes. They are most beautiful when we are properly hydrated.
- We are losing water just as fast if not faster than we are consuming it.
Before we worry about counting macros, focus on water
So before we go getting obsessed with what specific foods help us burn more fat or lose more weight, let’s totally get our shit together when it comes to hydration.
Take a good hard look at what you are drinking daily?
I have some really easy tips to help you dial in on your hydration.
- Take the next 14 days to get yourself fully hydrated!
You may have to track your water in take on your phone or notebook at first but then it will become more apparent how much and how often you are drinking water.
- Get familiar with the quality of your water.
Drinking water from an unpolluted spring is the absolute best! However if you don’t have access to spring water the next best thing is to drink distilled water. You might not know this already but distilled water is most easily absorbed by the cells which is where we really want to have a lot of transference of water.
However, since the process of distilling water takes out all the impurities in water it also takes out essential minerals our body needs. Therefore you want to add a pinch of unrefined Himalayan crystal salt to 12oz of water so that your body doesn’t give up it’s own minerals to balance the distilled water you are drinking.
- Start every morning at your bedside by drinking a 12-16 oz glass of water!
It might be hard at first but make it a goal to finish that glass of water before breakfast and especially before coffee.
- Avoid flavored bottled waters that contain added vitamins, chemicals, alcohol sugars, sugar or whatever else they are selling these days disguised as healthy water.
- When it comes to drinking caffeine and alcohol you must directly increase your water intake.
To make things easy to remember, just have an extra 8-10 oz glass of water after a cup of coffee or glass of wine. These drinks cause dehydration and need to be combated with more water.
Ready for more energy and happiness?
You are going to see a huge difference in your energy, mood, appetite and overall wellbeing if staying hydrated becomes a major health priority in your life.
I know you can do it!
Let me know how it goes.
If you haven’t already done my First Steps To Fit and Fearless 7 Day Planner, this would be a great way to kick start some amazing daily habits that are so simple yet often forgotten just like drinking enough water.
Check it out here: FIRST STEPS TO FIT AND FEARLESS