Water, water everywhere!

Drinking enough water is integral to the program and in reality, it should be a part of your everyday life. Sadly, most of us fail to drink anywhere near enough water to keep our body functioning wel
  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Tired, lethargic or even sleepy
  • Decreased in going to the toilet
  • Urine is more yellow in colour
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

All of these are the early signs of dehydration and more than likely, we have all experienced them to a great or lesser extent. So now we know what we are looking out for, how much water should you be drinking? Well that can vary according to a number of factors including your own body, the external environment (particularly if it is very hot), the amount of exercise you undertake and what your diet is like. All of these can impact on your bodies need for water. Experts suggest anywhere from 1 – 3 litres per day.

When you are losing weight, drinking enough water becomes even more important.
Here are just a few of the benefits of consuming enough water:
  • Increases energy and consequently reduces fatigue
  • It promotes weight loss
  • Flush out toxins
  • Improve skin complexion
  • Maintain bowel regularity
  • Reduce hunger
  • Boost immune system
  • Prevent cramps and sprains
  • Reduce severity of a headache

Remember, that drinking water does not just have to be about sitting down and chugging endless glasses of cold water. You can mix it up with herbal teas or even better, make your own. My favourite is freshly cut ginger and lemon in a glass of boiling water, this is filling and feels like a little bit of indulgence in your day. It will give you such a boost and best of all, you are getting through your daily water requirement.

Now if all that is not enough to motivate you to drink more water in your day, I am not sure what we can do to help you. I would say that one of the biggest bonuses for drinking water when you are trying to lose weight is the impact it has on your appetite. Trust me when I say, if you are feeling a bit peckish, drink 2 large glasses of water and see what happens. Almost instantly the hungry feeling will pass. Further, if you constantly sip on water it will keep that starving feeling at bay so you need crash and pig out.

Another sneaky way to get more water into your diet is to mix things up with sparkling or mineral water. These can also feel like a great alternative to high-sugar fizzy drinks. You can almost always get sparkling water at restaurants and bars and you can even enjoy it in a wine glass so you don’t feel like you are missing out.

And as a final tip – get high tech with your water consumption. There are TONS of great apps you can put on your phone to help remind you to drink water. Try out a few and see how this helps.