WEIGHT LOSS BEGINNING WITH WHAT YOU DRINK
First and foremost, people don't realize that what they drink is the first step in
losing that first 10 pounds. In fact, most people don't know that when they feel
hungry, they may actually be dehydrated and they are really thirsty, not hungry.
Water is remarkable as well. Over 66% of your body weight is nothing but water.
This is also why water plays an important role in weight control.
So TIP #1 is:
Drink plenty of water. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses per day, but
that may take you some time to work up to. Your body needs a whole lot of
water. Water doesn't just flush all the toxins out of your body, but it makes you
feel better and healthier. When you drink a lot of water you just begin to feel fit
and this is the motivation you need to lose weight.
The best thing about water is you can drink as much as you want because it has
no calories at all. When you're drinking a lot of water, you eat less as well
because you won't feel as though you are starving to death. Remember, if you
feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and you'll realize you were probably
just dehydrated and not hungry at all.
The whole 8 glasses a day rule is really something you should strive for. The best
way to do this and to measure your water intake is to buy a jug from the drug
store or grocery store that is designed to hold exactly 8 glasses of water. These
are great weight loss tools because you can fill them up, freeze them and as it
melts throughout the day you have fresh and cold water. Or, if you don't mind
your water room temperature you can drink it that way as well. All that matters
is that you're getting in the water your body needs.
TIP #2: Start off your day with a fresh, clean glass of water. As soon as you get
up in the morning, drink one down. This will help your body to get going
because it won't be fighting through dehydration. Also, after you drink a glass of
water you won't need to eat such a large breakfast. A glass of water wakes up
all the digestive juices in your body and gets it well lubricated. You can always
have your morning coffee or tea, but be sure to have a glass of water
afterwards. Caffeine dehydrates you and you want to ward off dehydration.
TIP #3: Drink a glass of water before you sit down to eat. Water will naturally
make you feel fuller so you don't have to eat as much food.
TIP #4: Have a glass of water while you eat as well. Take a drink after each bite
and you will feel full more quickly so you can leave the table feeling satisfied
without feeling bloated. Drinking water while you eat will also help your food to
settle more quickly, which also helps you to feel full faster.
TIP #5: Do your best to stay away from soda. All sodas are sweetened with lots
of sugar. The more you can cut out of your diet the better. Also, diet soda is still
soda. It may not have as much sugar, but it has other chemicals and
components that are not good for your body either. If you drink a soda,
counteract it with a glass of water. Remember, caffeine dehydrates you as well.
Decaffeinated sodas still have caffeine in small amounts as well and just as
much sugar, so they are not much healthier either
TIP #6: Fruit juice isn't as healthy as most people think either. Juice actually has
a lot of sugar in it as well. If you are craving a glass of juice, drink fresh fruit juice
instead of juice that has artificial flavors and coloring. It is even better if you can
make your own fruit juice. Just be sure not to add too much sugar which adds to
the calories. Instead of drink fruit juice, eat more fruit. Fruit provides your body
with much needed fiber as well as vitamins.
TIP #7: Go easy on the tea and coffee. They are pretty much harmless if you
don't add a lot of cream and sugar to them. It is the cream and sugar that
becomes fattening. Think of it this way, when you have a cup of coffee or tea
with cream and two cubes of sugar, you are essentially eating a piece of
chocolate cake every time. Now think of how many pieces of cake you are
eating when you have a Venti Starbucks Latte – yikes.
TIP #8: If you must have your tea and coffee, try to drink it black. Black tea or
coffee actually has health benefits to it as long as you counteract the caffeine
in your body with a nice big glass of water. Caffeine is also not good for you
because it affects functions in your body, like your metabolism.
Another type of tea that you can drink freely is green tea. Green tea has been
used as a medicine in China for over 4,000 years. It aids the digestive system
and can help ease an overly full stomach and it has been linked to a reduction
in cancer risk.
TIP #9: If you can say no to alcohol, then that is best. Alcohol beverages are
not exactly good for you, although a glass of red wine does have heart benefits,
most are just fattening. Beer is especially fattening. Cocktails are fattening
depending on what they are made of. For instance, whiskey and Coke. The
whiskey may not be fattening, but the Coke definitely is. Plus, after a few drinks
most people get the munchies and when you're feeling a little inebriated and
hungry you won't be able to make rational decisions regarding your diet and it's
usually late at night, just before you pass out from a night of drinking, that you
overeat. The overall combination is just not a good one.
TIP #10: If you must have alcohol, try dry wine. Dry wine is better than your
sweet wines, because sweet wines have more sugar! Dry wines have sugar, but
most of it has been fermented away into alcohol and from a weight gaining
perspective, dry is better.
TIP #11: Another word on coffee, that is not necessarily bad, but more
interesting than anything. Some people have reported that when they drank
black coffee before exercising, they lost more weight. There's no scientific proof
to back this, but nutritionists believe it may be caused by the body being forced
to depend on fat for fuel. Hey, it's worth trying if you can stand black coffee.
Just remember to drink plenty of water during your exercise!
TIP #12: Avoid drinking excessive amounts of coffee, as it desensitizes your body
to the natural fat burning effects that caffeine has. One or two cups (if the day's
really slow to get started) max.