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Friday, April 29, 2011

Fit Friday: Water is my new best friend

So my goal for the year is to get flat abs. Before I became pregnant with N I was the smallest I had ever been weight wise, but I still had a gut because I drank diet soda like it was going out of style. So I prepared myself during my last trimester that as soon as N was born I was going to cut soda completely out of my diet. Because I mentally prepared myself the switch has become a breeze! I have only had a half of a diet in the past 3 weeks since N was born and that was because I didn't prepare myself before leaving the house and we went out to dinner and water wasn't an option (crazy right!).

Anyways since I have had N I have lost 30 lbs (which is definitely helped by nursing and eating right) and a lot of that is credited to water. I average 8 glasses of water a day and I have seen a huge difference in how I feel and look. My skin feels smoother, I feel better, and surprisingly I don't have nearly as many energy crashes as I did when I drank soda regularly. I also feel like I am more likely to make the healthier options with food because I'm not putting a ton of sugar or sugar additives in my mouth all day.

Here are some interesting facts about how water helps you lose weight according to an article from weightlossforall.com you can read the whole article here:

1."Water can help your metabolism burn calories 3% faster."
2. "help(s) to subside your hunger so you can better manage your portion control"
3. By drinking water during your meal it will help you feel full faster and you will eat less
4." If you want to gain the benefit of increased energy and metabolism a good guide is to drink one ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight. A person who weighs 200 pounds should drink around 100-ounces (12.5 cups) of water in order the gain the weight loss benefits of water." (that I had never heard before)
5. "Drinking water before, during and after exercise will keep energy levels high and help muscles recover after training."
6. "Water is one of the most vital substances our body needs."

If you don't like water, add crystal light to your water or buy flavored water! Just watch the calorie content because it adds up!

1 comment:

  1. I thought that said 125 cups of water, and I was totally confused! Then I saw the . and I thought well that makes sense!


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