Did you know that our bodies are more than 60% water? Which means they need a steady supply of it to function properly.
Water makes up 60 percent of your body and keeps every system humming, supporting sharp thinking and a bright mood, preventing constipation, keeping the shock absorbers in your joints plump, delivering nutrients and haling away waste products.
It helps energize your muscles, cools you off and makes your skin glow.
Water is definitely Mother Nature’s ultimate health drink.
Drinking plenty of water is important for weight loss too.
Important for Weight Watchers to know. According to a new study drinking water 30 minutes before every meal could help you lose 9-1/2 pounds in 12 weeks. Amazing!
So, how much water do you need?
That depends on many factors, including your height, weight, age and activity level. According to the Institute of Medicine, women need 11 cups (88 ounces) and men need closer to 16 cups (128 ounces).
To determine how much water you need, divide your weight by two and drink that amount in ounces every day.
For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 72 ounces, or about 9 cups.
Why Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
Remember to drink more when it’s hot and after you have been exercising, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a fever, diarrhea or have been vomiting. (Talk to your doctor if you have heart failure, a kidney condition or another health issue since there are exceptions to every rule.)
Why Hydro Flask?
- Keeps water cold + refreshing for 24 hours
- Keeps water hot for up to 6 hours
- Pro-Grade Stainless Steel
- BPA-Free and Phalate-Free
- Ideal size for all-day hydration
Time it right for weight loss. Plan to drink about 2 cups of water 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thirty minutes before is key. This seems to work by making you not thirsty, making sure you are not mistaking hunger for thirst and making you feel full before you eat.
Your body can’t always tell the difference between hunger and thirst. This confusion can lead you to consuming more calories than you need. That’s because you might misread your thirst cues as hunger and end up eating, even though all you really need is a tall (calorie-free) glass of water.
Drinking two cups of water before each meal can circumvent this tendency and lead to significant weight loss. How great is that?
Don’t worry about drinking too much water. You would have to guzzle a gallon or more every hour to get in serious trouble with water. Hyponatremia, a life threatening condition in which levels electrolytes in your blood become diluted and your body can’t function normally, is mostly a concern of endurance athletes.
Here’s an interesting video from the Doctors on the importance of getting enough of water:
Make hydration happen: Keep your glass filled with water or close variations. Tea, coffee, milk and juice count toward your total too. You can tell by the color of your urine whether you are getting enough water. It should be so pale and clear you could read a newspaper through it.
Do you find it a challenge to drink enough water? Do you need help increasing your water intake? Jillee from One Good Thing has assembled a great collection tips with 23 Ways to Drink More Water I think all Weight Watchers will find helpful.
Check out all 23 here…
- 34 Tips for Drinking More Water (Canadian Living)
- 8 Ways to Get More Water (Huffington Post)
- How Drinking Water Can Help You Lose Weight (Prevention)
If you liked 23 ways to drink more water you might also like…
- Skinny Water Recipe with Zero Points
- Don’t Drink Your Calories
- 4 Reasons Why I Stopped Drinking Diet Soda
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