I would drink it during and after exercising, however that was it. Now, I drink water constantly. I drink that water from the moment I wake up in the morning (before my morning coffee), I have water on my desk all day, and I drink it before, during and water my workouts.
Your body needs water to stay hydrated but also to flush out fat and toxins.
We all have heard that you need at least 8 glasses of water a day. Scientists and doctors aren't lying.
I actually like water!
However, there are people like my twin sister who just never drink much of any fluids and never drank much water.
So maybe, your like her….Well don’t try to drink 8 glasses of water tomorrow. However, work to increase your water intake!
If you are currently drinking 2 bottles of water a day, agree to increase it to 3 bottles a day for a week or two. Then, move up to 4 bottles of water a day, etc, etc
Here are of tips to increasing your water intake!
- Always have water with you. (I always have a water bottle in my purse.)
- Plan your water intake. (I will drink 1 bottle before breakfast, 1 at lunch, 1 after my workout, 1 after dinner.)
- Sip on water throughout your work day.
- Many people add fruit, cucumbers, and/or mint to their water, water bottles, and/or glass jars.
- Drink seltzer water with meals.
- When eating out or at a party, have a glass of water when drinking liquor. (You will stay hydrated and drink less liquor which is better for you are your health.)
- Use water to dilute your soda and juices.
- Fill bottles and/or glasses with water and have them ready so that you know how much you have drank and how much more you have to go!
Tips for Reaching Your Daily Water Goals: So now that you know how much water you should be drinking everyday, let’s talk about how to make sure you actually get enough. Drinking over 100 ounces of water may seem impossible at first, but with these easy tips you can reach your goal in no time.
- Drink 2 cups (16 oz) of water before every meal: Science has proven that drinking 2 cups of water before every meal helps you to eat less during meal time and lose weight. If you do this three times daily – at breakfast, lunch, and dinner – you have already consumed 48 ounces of water.
- Morning and Night: Get into the habit of drinking one glass (16 oz) of water when you wake up and another 8 oz glass before you go to sleep every night. This will add another 24 ounces of water to your daily intake. The easiest way to do this is to keep a glass or container of water at your bedside, that way as soon as you wake up and start your day, you can begin drinking water.
- Keep Track By Your Container: One thing that has proven to help people consumer enough water daily is to buy a special container for their water and set a goal of how many times they will fill an finish the container. For example, if you buy a 16 oz container and need to drink 80 ounces of water a day, your goal would be to drink 5 of those daily. Need to drink more water? Try a larger container.
- Infuse Your Water With Flavor: Water doesn't have to be boring and infusing your water with fruit, herbs, and other flavors can make it much easier to reach your daily goal. Try adding cucumber, strawberries,lemons, limes, and fresh herbs to create flavorful water.
I hope some of these tips are useful.
Remember to start slow and increase your water intake at your own pace.
***If you are asking how much water I drink its at least 1.5 gallons a day MINIMUM for weight-loss purposes.
Here is how to calculate how much water you should drink a day for both health and weight loss benefits.
- Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink everyday is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink. A two hundred pound man and 100 pound woman require different amounts of water every day.
- Multiply by 2/3: Next you want to multiple your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 175 pounds you would multiple that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 117 ounces of water every day.
- Activity Level: Finally you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out, since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes that you work out. So if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.