I know you know you need to drink more water.
1. Water allows us to metabolize protein and fat much more effectively.
2. We often crave moist or greasy foods when we’re actually just thirsty.
3. If you drink less water than other beverages, you’ve tied the sense of hydration needlessly to consuming a caloric beverage, and there are fewer ways to take in hundreds of calories more quickly (in mere seconds with soda, juice or alcohol) than drinking non-water beverages.
So what are some good habits to develop in order to make sure you’re getting plenty of water and less of the unnecessary calories other drinks offer?
- Put your water at home in a filter pitcher with a few small pieces of citrus fruit. It tastes much better than tap water and you’ll see the water whenever you go into the refrigerator for food you may or may not actually need at the time.
- Keep bottled or carbonated water (whichever you prefer) and have it at work before consuming any other beverage or food.
- Drink a full glass of water before every meal or snack.
- End the day with a cup of herbal or fruit tea (hot or iced). Be sure to leave room in your stomach after dinner for the tea and that will help ensure you eat more measured portions at dinner.
An added bonus of drinking more water? Get your water intake consistent and your blood sugar will even out, reducing cravings and tendency to overeat at a given sitting.
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