Drinking nine glasses of water every day can help you lose weight and stay energized.
- The link between drinking water and diet sucess: Your body can’t always tell the difference between hunger and thirst—which could lead to you consuming more calories than you need. That’s because you might misread your thirst cues as hunger and end up eating, even though all you really need is a tall (calorie-free) glass of water. Staying hydrated also can help you maintain a healthy immune system, joints, muscles and digestion, and aid in concentration and energy levels.
- So, how much do you need? That depends on many factors, including your height, weight, age and activity level. In general, women should drink nine 8-ounce glasses per day. Be sure, to see this week's assignment below.
- Make hydration happen: Keep your glass filled with water or close variations, such as naturally flavored water and unsweetened tea. Coffee is not off limits, but limit it to no more than 16 ounces per day, all before noon.
- Don't sabatoge your weight-lost efforts by making poor drink choices. On average, Americans drink about 200 calories per day of sweetened beverages—which could lead to a weight gain of 20 pounds per year! You should have purged sodas (both regular and diet) along with the rest of your processed foods in the first two weeks of the diet. If the diet-wrecking drinks are starting to sneak back in, try unsweetened, flavored carbonated water instead.
- THIS WEEK'S ASSIGNMENT: Aim to drink 72 ounces of water each day. Keep a daily log and send it to email@example.com at the end of the week. Keep the log going even after this week. You will need to send it in at the end of the diet. (Don’t forget to keep your focus on real foods, eating three 400-calorie meals and two 150-calorie snacks a day.)