According to WebMD, there are six reasons we should be drinking more water (there are probably more, but they narrowed it down to six):
- Drinking water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids
- Water Can Help Control Calories
- Water Helps Energize Muscles
- Water Helps Skin Looking Good
- Water Helps Your Kidneys
- Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function
5 Tips to Help You Drink More Water
If you think you need to be drinking more, here are some tips to increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:
- Have a beverage with every snack and meal.
- Choose beverages you enjoy; you’re likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
- Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
- Choose beverages that meet your individual needs. If you’re watching calories, go for non-caloric beverages or water.
According to the Nutrisystem plan, I should be drinking about 64 oz of water each day, and cutting out any full calorie sweetened drinks.
Drinking More Water
To be honest, this has been harder than one might think. I have a serious love (some might say addiction) to drinking soda. Not just any soda, but a specific flavor…Pepsi.
When I first started the Nutrisystem program, I cut out soda completely for one whole week and only drank water. I lost 2 pounds that week! Then I went back to drinking soda and my progress has slowed. In fact, I have not gone below 146 pounds for the last few weeks.
I’ve decided I’m going to go back to trying to drink more water (which I should have been doing anyway), and see if it makes a difference in not only my weight loss, but how I feel in general. I have very low energy, and just lack any desire to do much of anything. I’ve been trying to motivate myself to exercise for weeks to no avail. I’m hoping that by taking this small baby step, the rest will follow. 🙂
I’ve already gotten a start on my water drinking goal by setting up a 40 day water goal for myself. You can read more about it in my Hoppin’ for Health post, and also join in on our weekly linkup as I join in with several other bloggers who are all looking to get a little bit healthier this year. My goal is water for now, but it may change as time progresses and I achieve this goal. Yours can be anything you like that has a health focus!
Nutrisystem Success Report
Program Starting Weight: 159 lbs
Weight loss this week: 0 lbs
Weight after week 16: 146 lbs
Total weight loss: 13 lbs
I started my water goal the day after I weighed in for this week, so no results on that so far, but I’m happy to say my lack of weight loss the last few weeks has inspired me to work a little harder!
I hope you will continue with me on my journey, as I blog each week of my experiences and success with Nutrisystem Nation over the next four months! You can find all of my Nutrisystem stories as I journey through this program by visiting this link: Jesica’s Nutrisystem Journey