Drink Up! The Benefits of Drinking Water

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If you follow Chris and me on Social Media, you might?ve noticed that we pretty regularly post something like this:

Water check! How much water have you enjoyed today? Grab that water bottle and ensure that you are drinking at least half your weight in ounces of water every day (150 lb person drinks 75 oz of water)!

Why do we do this? What?s the big deal about water? Water is extremely important to not only general health, but weight loss too!

Your body is made up of around 60% water. That?s pretty amazing?over half of your body weight is water, which means that less than half your weight is made up of bones, muscles, and other tissues.

Does that fact, alone, give you a tiny hint as to why water?and drinking enough of it?is so important? Here are some amazing roles water plays in your body:

  • Helps your kidneys flush out all that waste.
  • Regulates your body?s temperature.
  • Cushions organs and tissues.
  • Keeps your joints nice and lubricated.
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen throughout your body.
  • Helps keep you regular. πŸ˜‰
  • Keeps body tissues moist.
  • Helps keep your skin looking good. (Yes, please!).

H2O ?also plays a critical role if you?re trying to lose weight and/or achieve some health and fitness goals:

  • Drinking water can help you feel full. Often, when you feel hungry, your body is trying to tell you it?s thirsty.
  • Got cravings? Drink some water and usually that craving will go away. And since water has zero calories, think of all those calories you?ll be saving by drinking water instead of caving to your cravings!
  • Water energizes your muscles, which means your workouts will go better, your body will get stronger, and you?ll be able to burn more calories. And don?t forget to drink water before, during, and after exercise. You need to replace all that water you?re sweating away while your well-hydrated muscles are burning all those calories! πŸ˜‰

If you aren’t a water drinker yet, and really don?t like the taste of plain water, try these tips:

  • Add a wedge of lemon or lime to your water.
  • Add a small splash of 100% fruit juice. You?ll hardly be adding any calories, and that small splash of flavor just might do the trick!
  • Add some cinnamon?not only can it help you get that water down, but it has some other health benefits too.
  • Use an?Infuser Water Bottle?to add some of your favorite fruity flavors to your H2O.
  • If you must use water enhancers, choose those sweetened with stevia or xylitol.

Has all this talk about water made you thirsty? Go drink up right now! πŸ™‚

Xoxo,

Heidi

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38 Responses

  1. I fill this up when I first wake up. I keep it by my side. If I am watching t.v. I drink it throughout the commercials. Once it is empty I fill it up again. I challenge myself to drink a certain amount by certain times.

  2. I grab a gallon bottle. I like the challenge of it. Best part is not having to track how many times I?ve filled up a 16 Oz bottle.

  3. I use sugar free drink flavoring. I add just enough to taste it and it helps me enjoy drinking large amount of water daily.

  4. My favorite tips that help me drink more water are:
    ? Having a co-worker/friend help you be accountable
    ? Having lines on your water bottle reminding you to have this amount of water by this time
    ? Having phone reminders

    1. I leave my water on the counter in my kitchen and take a drink everytime i pass it. As a mom it’s ALOT

  5. I love this! I think that a lot of people underestimate the importance of water and that they shove it aside because they don’t like the taste. Thankfully there are a lot of flavorings that you can add to H2O now to help with this!

    H2O is like a lotion for your muscle tissue and organs! It IS a necessity! Water = Life… literally lol!

    Drink up!

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  6. I?ve increased my water intake to drink at least half my weight in ounces. However. This past week (my first week of really drinking around 60-80 ounces of water). I feel bloated and my weight has increased. A lot! I know it?s from the water. But I still feel bloated and …ugh! How long does it take before the water weight goes off or for my body returned to normal?

    1. Hi Emily: You’re doing great! It can take a bit of time for our bodies to adjust to all of that water, but it will! How long can be a bit different for each person (depending on your workouts and diet), so hang in there! You got this!

  7. I have a hard time drinking plain water I can get about 10 cups of water in a day and for my body weight I need well over a gallon of water. Are there ANY types of flavored waters you recommend or ones to avoid?

    Does drinking a decaf tea with stevia count as water?

    1. Hi Caroline: There are some great tips at the end of this post, and you can add 0 calorie flavorings to your water or drink 0 calorie flavored waters too. And we recommend counting water only drinks (not tea) when drinking your daily water intake. πŸ™‚

  8. HI Heidi!

    Do you have a time cut off for drinking water? I try to get most of my intake before dinner but some nights I’m more thirsty and just don’t want to be up all night!

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Kelly: Heidi really doesn’t – what works best can be different for every person.

  9. Hi Heidi,
    This Aubrey a student from Mosaic Academy Aztec NM, 87410. In class were doing a project about the future me. I want to be a personal trainer. I’m a big fan of you and your husband and I was wondering if you could give me any tips. If so thank you so much for the help.

    P.S.
    What is a good training technique I could use in the future?

    1. Hi Aubrey: Chris and Heidi would recommend getting all the education you can, and this can range from a Personal Trainer Certification to Bachelors and Graduate degrees. They would also recommend you get as much experience as you can so you’re prepared to work with people from different backgrounds and experiences. There are so many training techniques, and you’ll find what works best for you. You’ll need to adjust your techniques a bit for every client based on their goals and health, and your education will help you learn how to do this. It’s awesome that you want to help people transform their lives! πŸ™‚

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