The best way to make sure you get your daily water intake …totally practical!

This is an age-old piece of advice, and one that people tend to ignore and then sheepishly chuckle and admit to one of their bad habits as “not drinking enough water …or any …does beer count?”  There are TONS of reasons and benefits to drinking water, but here’s the incentive of the day: Drinking water aids in weight loss.

In fact, a recent study has shown that drinking 16 oz. of water before each meal can help you lose weight AND keep it off.  The study showed that people who drank more water not only lost more weight, but kept it off over the next year, while those who went off the water-drinking regimen gained a little weight back.  By the way, they tested water that was regular ol’ water, not mineral water as I had written about previously (guzzling mineral water is supposed to help plump out wrinkles better than “regular” water).  I wouldn’t stress too much about what kind of water you’re drinking, so long as it’s clean (I run my tap water through a Pur filter).

If you’re finding it difficult to stay hydrated, try carrying around a reusable water bottle and drinking throughout the day.  If you have it around you all the time, you’ll find yourself taking swigs.  On an on-and-off basis (it is really hard to make good habits stick …even if it’s as simple as swigging water) I’m amongst the countless people who don’t drink enough water.  I’ve been keeping a liter bottle around with me and have found that I now drink 2-3 liters a day.  I’ve cut out (almost completely) sugary juices and sodas and have noticed a large difference in my energy, skin …and I have to pee ALL the time (annoying, yes, but clear them toxins, yeah!).

It’s one of my “optimistic goals” I’ve spoken of.  I’m still “on the horse” as of now.  My biggest trick is to not keep tastier drinks easily accessible.  I don’t have a hard time turning down soda …but lemonade (or Arnold Palmers …mmm…) or even juice …those are harder to pass up for water.  It really is nice not feeling dehydrated though.  I don’t think people notice how “blah” dehydration makes them feel …unless they’re beaten over the head with it via hangover.  I don’t know about that weight loss claim as of yet but then, I like to eat.  So …I would always encourage drinking more water.  It’s the most basic primary thing your body wants.

And hey, science says so.

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