Today we’re going to chat about weight loss and water. In case you’re new to Simply Holistic Life, this is a blog about my journey to health. I’ve committed here to my readers about my first leg of the the journey.
My first goal is to achieve adequate water consumption. You might wonder exactly what that means because it varies from person to person. We’ve heard for years to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water. That’s 64 oz. For some people, that’s not enough.
Like me, I’m overweight. According to most water intake calculators, I should be drinking about a gallon of water a day. Also, if someone is trying to lose weight, you should consume a little more than what’s needed to sustain your body. About five extra ounces is considered the best amount.
If you’re interested in calculating your water needs based on your weight, you can go here to the water intake calculator. Scroll down and you’ll see where to enter your weight and activity. Remember this is a ballpark estimate. If you are unsure or have health issues, talk to your doctor first.
How Does Water Help Weight Loss?
Since the body is mostly water, it stands to reason that it can make you healthier. It also makes sense that a deficit can lead to problems. It’s estimated that around 75% of Americans walk around in a dehydrated state. Some of us are much worse than others.
This chronic state of dehydration can contribute to many of our health problems. Cardiac problems, diabetes, cancer, and obesity all have linkages to varying dehydration statuses. Today we’re only talking about obesity, water and weight loss because controlling obesity also helps with all the other disease processes I mentioned.
Water is natures best detoxifying agent. It flushes through our organs and courses through our veins picking up and carrying toxins away. Water also helps our organs to be healthier thereby allowing the liver and kidney detoxification processes to work better.
By getting rid of the toxins in the body and consuming adequate water to stay hydrated, fat from within the body and even the cells will begin to flush away as well.
Water intake also helps us to be less hungry, eat less junk, feel better, and have improved moods all of which can lead to increased activity and more weight loss. Now you’re beginning to see how this works, right?
Weight Loss and Water Tracking
Since I’m on this journey to healthy water consumption, I figure it’s a good idea to start trying to keep up with the impact. You know, if I drink X amount of water, I begin to see X amount of pounds go bye-bye? 🙂
I’m not saying that water is the only key to weight loss. We all know better than that. But, I do believe it’s key.
I know for fact that I’m one dehydrated individual. It excites me to share the journey with you and also the successes. I’m sure there will be failures along the way also, but we’ll get through those together.
Since I know I’m dehydrated, that’s why I decided to start off not trying to drink excessively all at once. That could cause a massive shift in my electrolytes and lead to bad consequences. So, it’s best to build up to that gallon a day that I need to be drinking.
Hence the idea of a weight loss and water tracker. By putting the two of these things together, we can keep track of both things in the same place. My tracker is simple, but if you’re interested in doing the same, you’re welcome to pick up one for free right here.
Until tomorrow my friends, keep drinking, start tracking and happy smiles.
Keeping track of what we do
Will hold us to a task
You can’t hide behind the maybes
The “I thinks” or the mask
Write it down and count it
So you know how much you drink
If you write down every ounce
You will never have to think 🙂