It’s sad, but true that losing weight doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and patience to change the habits that are standing in your way of reaching your health goals. If you concentrate on building a healthy foundation and then add other beneficial changes little by little, rather than considering yourself “on a diet,” you’ll find that sticking to your new lifestyle is much easier.
Diets are short-term Band-Aid solutions and the effects wear off, life changes are permanent and yield long-term benefits.
To begin building your healthy foundation, I would like to encourage you to take a small, but significant step in the right direction by drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water each day. It’s a small change that makes a huge difference!
Being well-hydrated helps you lose weight, because it:
- Flushes bi-products from fat breakdown out of your system
- Is a natural appetite suppressant
- Regulates your body temperature
- Fuels muscles
- Leaves you feeling more energized when working out
- Helps pump oxygen to blood cells, so your heart and other organs don’t have to work as hard, leaving you feeling less fatigued
- Lubricates your joints and muscles, making you less likely to get cramps or sprains
- Raises your metabolism, because it aids in digestion
- Along with fiber it helps prevent constipation.
Water makes you more productive! Since your brain is made mostly of water, drinking plenty of water helps you to be more alert and concentrate better. Also, for those of us who suffer from headaches or migraines, water can help to ease or eliminate such a nuisance. While there are many reasons for headaches and migraines, dehydration is the most common one.
Not only does drinking plenty of water help fight against the flu virus and other ailments, having some with lemon juice can help prevent intestinal problems, respiratory disease, rheumatism and arthritis. Water can further help prevent bladder and colon cancer as well.
With all these great benefits, water is an everyday must, so drink up!
~Amy and Jessi~
Disclaimer: Jessi and Amy are not medical professionals or trained dietitians. This is not meant to be medical advice. We’re ordinary women who are working on our health and are sharing our observations and opinions. It’s important that you speak to your doctor before beginning any new diet or exercise regimen. We are simply sharing our journey and are not liable for decisions you make regarding your diet and exercise routine.