Drink water for weight loss - it's the easiest possible way to jump start your new healthy lifestyle! Just switch some of your drinks to water every day.
Remember our Golden Rule: Start each step AFTER you have fully convinced yourself to change. You will be making a new life habit, and that takes your full "buy-in." Allow yourself to read, think, and then decide to plunge in!
Myth - You need to drink tons of water to lose weight.
No one wants to do that. I don't count the glasses of water I drink every day.
SAVE CALORIES. You have a certain amount of calories to consume during the day - enjoy them in great food instead of high-calorie drinks. You'll get more satisfaction. Let yourself get MORE from life.
*You can still have your favorite drinks. Scale back. Your HABIT will be drinking water for weight loss and other healthy low calories drinks. Your TREAT comes in those other drinks. In my mind, I plan to have soft drinks a couple times a month.
With just this change, you'll consume fewer calories, and that means water and weight loss go together. Check out these examples:
Saving 146,000 calories in a year is big! See how your weight would literally melt off just by changing your drinks?
FEEL BETTER. Read Dr. Dave's column to get the proven medical facts. Part of drinking water for weight loss is staying hydrated - see the benefits. Also, we are not in favor of drinks with artificial sweeteners (that would include many flavored waters and diet sodas). Artificial sweeteners are usually proven to be questionable for your health. It's easy to avoid them.
1.You don't like water.
2.You can't make it through your day without the caffeine.
3.You love the taste of your sodas and high calorie coffees/drinks.
1. It's OK if you "don't like water" right now. That can change without too much trouble. We were made to thrive on water; your body will happily adjust after a short time. Try these fast weight loss tips:
2. "You need the energy from caffeine to get through your busy day" (or you fear having a week of headaches from getting off the caffeine addiction.)
Get your energy from food instead of drinks.
You can get through some headaches; they won't last more than a few days. Dr. Dave reports that people typically have these kind of headaches for 3-5 days. If you can manage a common cold, you can get yourself off caffeine. I did it in college. Take a recommended dose of Advil or Tylenol, and drink some water. Wouldn't it be great to be free from caffeine?
3. "You love your soft drinks and lattes." You can still have them - once in awhile. It's time to raise your standards and treat yourself better. Try these suggestions:
Timeline: Give yourself a month for this Water for Weight Loss Step.
Do: Start drinking water for almost all lunches, dinners and snacks. (Skim milk, tea and other low-calorie drinks without artificial sweeteners work, too.)
Replace your high calorie coffees with low-calorie ones. Need help? Find nutrition facts online for your favorite restaurants, then you'll be prepared to make better choices. Look at the calories and ingredients of the drinks you buy - avoid high calories and artificial sweeteners.
More Tips: Put encouraging "Drink Water" post-it notes around your home. Send yourself encouraging notifications on your phone. Also, see the tips above. You'll love simply drinking water for weight loss.
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