Many say it's hard to get enough water. Here is how I worked up to getting my water:
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I drink a lot of coffee in the morning, so the rest of the day I try to drink lots of water to counterbalance the diuretic qualities of the coffee. To do this, I carry around a big plastic cup with a plastic reusable straw that's meant for iced coffee--but it's filled with water! I'm not wasting any cups and the big straw ensures that I drink quickly. I also bring this with me to the gym so I can sip easily during my runs!
Keeping several bottles of water in the car in those little side pockets on the door, you know the ones that normally collect debris or trash. Stays cold all winter! Last summer, I really didn't mind the warm water. At least I had water. What started out as an accident has become a habit for me!
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Drinking a lot of water (4+ cups) within a short period of time (~30-60 mins) will prevent your body from using it properly. It is MUCH better to spread your water intake over the whole day. This allows your kidneys to use it properly, instead of releasing unprocessed water and dehydrating you. If you drink throughout the day while eating, you replenish both sodium and water in your kidneys to keep them functioning properly.
We all know to drink our 8 8-oz glasses a day, and we all have different methods - mine is really simple. Instead of sipping it, every time I pick up my cup, I take 2 or 3 really big swallows. It sounds silly but I end up getting WAY more than my 8 glasses in every day as a result!
I have tried everything to get myself to drink enough water daily, but nothing worked. I tried almost every water bottle known to man (and woman); none of which worked. I did notice that when I was at work, if I had a cup with a straw, I tended to drink it faster and refill it more often. I found a cup at Wal-Mart that is insulated and has a built-in straw. I have had no problems with hydration since then. It's the straw!
I've been doing this for a couple of weeks now, and I find that it helps a lot. I've always been a big eater, I was an elite athlete from age thirteen up and could handle a high calorie intake. Now that I have a more average lifestyle, I've come to realize my eating habits needed an overhaul. Cutting things out made me feel deprived, so instead before every meal, or when I got a hankering for a snack I to this day drink a large glass of water.
I purchased two 32 oz. Nalgene bottles. Having two bottles means always having cold water ready and available. I also bought a splash guard for these wide-mouth bottles so that I can drink from them while being active without spilling on myself. Finishing two bottles seems like less than drinking 8 glasses of water, but it's the same amount! Also better for the environment than plastic bottled water!
I bought a 40 oz stainless steel water bottle from Klean Kanteen. (They come in different sizes and fun colors too!)
Drinking cold/ice water instead of room temperature or cool tap water can help you burn calories. The cool water brings your body temperature down slightly, you burn about 70 calories when your body works to bring it back to normal. This is a quick and easy way to burn 70 pounds! (If found this fact in a Yahoo Health article in early January.)
Before I go to sleep each night, I put a full glass of water next to my bed. I always wake up really thirsty, so its right there for me to drink - and the glass I use holds 2 full cups, so that is 25% of my daily water goal down in the first 3 minutes that I'm awake!!
I have a bottle of water at my bedside. When I wake up, I drink 8 oz. This gets my hydration started for the day. And somehow, it seems when I do this consistently, I tend to eat less. I don't know why or how; I just know it works!!!
Knowing how important water is to weight loss, I have tried a few methods to insure I get at least my 64 oz a day. And actually those of us who live in hotter climates (it gets to 120* here in the summer) should be drinking even more.
Fill various sized bottles and jugs half full of water. Place bottles (not gallon jugs) so that they lean (keep stable) to one side while freezing (without lids). Keep gallon jugs upright (also no lids). When ready to use fill with fresh water and screw lids on snuggly and you're all set to go!
If you are constantly on the edge of dehydration and only drink when you are thirsty, you are at a much higher risk for kidney stones. If you are in a hot dry climate where you may not notice a sweat because it dries so quickly, make an extra effort to stay hydrated. Drink a cup of Orange Juice or