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Be Sure To Drink Plenty of Water During This Heat Warning!

woman drinking waterWater should be a large part of any diet.  It is readily available with no preparation or leg work required.  It is an extremely important weight loss factor.  Besides being a vital part of keeping us alive, the more hydrated you are, the quicker your metabolism works.  When you become dehydrated – which could happen without you even realizing it – your liver has to work to help your kidneys function  and therefore isn’t able to metabolize fat as quickly.  As your metabolism slows, unwanted fat begins to accumulate.  If your body gets used to very little water intake, it will actually begin to store water in your ankles, thighs and hips.

There are plenty of places to find water besides your kitchen sink. Many fruits and vegetables are made of mostly water and you’ll reap the benefits of hydration and well as weight loss the more you eat of these healthy foods.

Caffeine is not your friend if you want to stay hydrated. Beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and soda, can actually cause you to lose fluids, become dehydrated, and even set you up for food cravings.

The recommended daily intake for water is eight cups a day (or 64 ounces). Even if you feel there is no way you can drink this much water, don’t stress yourself out. Here are a few tips on adding more water to your day:

  • Keep a water bottle with you in the car
  • Make yourself take a “water” break at work
  • Eat a piece of fruit with your breakfast
  • Get a 32 ounce water bottle and set a goal that you will drink all of the water in it throughout the day. Once you see how easy this becomes, set your goal to drink 2 of them.
  • Order water in a restaurant. Even if you order another drink, have water too.