Do Yourself a Favor, Choose Water over Flavor

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Welcome back everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a tip for losing weight that tends to be over looked or just plain forgotten about. Some people get so caught up in wanting to lose weight that they forget about the basics. The basics involve what you’re drinking. If you’ve incorporated my previous weight loss tip (Calorie Counting) you’ve already begun to realize that 8 ounces of some drinks are not worth HUNDREDS of CALORIES! So if you want a natural way to increase your metabolism and regulate your appetite, thus causing you to lose weight, DRINK WATER (allaboutwater.org, 2004)! Making water your drink of choice will benefit your weight and your overall health! Rather you’re on a journey to weight loss or trying to maintain your weight, by applying this tip your body will surely reap the benefits! So let’s begin!

In my house I’m known as the Water Police, Water Girl, have you drunk enough water today Stalker! But I wasn’t always this way; as a matter of fact I was quite the contrary! Drinking water was not what I did because at times it would take me to get to the point of severe dehydration just to sip on some water! You would think that after drinking a liquid laxative, in order to lose weight, that I would resort to drinking water but no I would much rather drink sprite (probably because it was clear..lol)! I have No Doubt that my late night trips to grab a banana shake from Checkers and all the other calorie filled drinks I consumed helped make me the person you see in the picture above.

Obviously I was really ignorant to the role that water played in my body, and how it accounts for over half of our body weight, and what that actually meant. So to put this in perspective, our body has an account, similar to a bank account, but instead of it being filled with money it’s filled with water. If water is taken out of our body’s account it needs to be replaced or replenished, and if our account is in the negative we will become dehydrated. According to the Mayo Clinic, every day we lose water through our breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements, so in order for our bodies to function properly, we must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water (2011). So don’t get so caught up in loving flavor that you forget that your body NEEDS water!

Increasing my water intake to a gallon a day was one of the first things I did in order to lose weight; this lasted for about a week because that was an EXTREME commitment. So instead I strived for at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and I made note of each glass I drank. So by not drinking my calories I took in fewer calories (weight loss) and I had more calories for food. Now, I find it helpful to have a water filter in order to have constant access to water at home and to have bottles of water for me to take on-the-go.

Initially, drinking water may feel like a chore but if you stick to it, it will become a regular part of your lifestyle! Obviously the extra trips to the bathroom will take some getting used to, but that’s just one way God designed our bodies to flush out toxins and waste products.

So I encourage you to drink more water, keep your water account full, and consider buying a water filter to help you do this. The benefits are immense, so do yourself a favor and choose water over flavor!

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I hope that this tip will help you on your journey to a healthier you!  Until next time 😉

References

All about water .org (2004). 10 Reasons to drink water. Retrieved from http://www.allaboutwater.org/drink-water.html

Mayo Clinic. (2011). Water: How much should you drink every day? Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

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Conquering Calorie Counting

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(That’s a portion of my current recommended calorie intake to the left and to the right is me towards the beginning of my weight loss journey).

Welcome back fellow bloggers, family, friends, and complete strangers! Today I wanted to share a tip with you that opened my eyes and put me on the right track to weight loss: CALORIE COUNTING!!! Now BEWARE, this task is not for the unmotivated person who wants to think themselves smaller, but on the contrary will require discipline & stick-to-itiveness, and as a result, your eyes will be opened and your mouth will begin to close a lot more! Regardless of where you are in your journey to a healthier you, by applying this tip you will definitely reap the benefits! If you are someone who doesn’t know where to start I recommend calorie counting as your first step. So let’s begin!!

Initially I was completely oblivious to the science behind food, and how if eaten in excess could be your worst enemy. I mean I was in total denial that my late night trips to Burger King and Checkers would cause me to check my chin at the door because after a while it was completely GONE!!! The foods that I once requested to be adorned with extra toppings were sending me straight to the plus size department in a heartbeat!! No wonder why I avoided shopping and spandex & jogging pants became my new best friend, because everything else just wasn’t flattering. Going shopping during these transitional times can either encourage you to lose weight or discourage you even more.

So after coming to grips that my “love handles” were really distorting my figure and contributed to my classification as an apple shape (meaning I had more fat in the midsection than I needed, rather than a pear shape). I knew that I had to change how much I ate and what I ate. And what better way to do that besides counting calories!

Calorie counting was a foreign language to me that I was determined to learn. I discovered that calories is just energy, derived from energy-yielding nutrients like carbs, fat, and protein. So as you know energy was meant to be spent or burned, kind of like money. If you don’t burn enough energy through exercise you will begin to store energy, and ultimately if you store more than you burn, you will inevitably begin to gain weight. Likewise, if you burn more calories than you take in you will begin to lose weight. So I knew that I needed to burn more and eat less.

For starters I had to determine my goal weight or how much weight I wanted to lose. After putting that information into a calorie counter I was given my daily recommended calorie intake that would allow me to reach my goal in a certain period of time. That was the easy part; the hard part was actually following through.

I was forced to actually look at the calories in everything I ate, from my Little Debbie brownies to my glass of juice. As a result I had to decide, is this snack/beverage actually worth the calories??? Many times it wasn’t, so certain snacks and soft drinks automatically fell by the waist-side. This technique is truly an eye opener and helps put in perspective why it can be so easy to gain weight.

I had to write down everything I ate and subtract it from my daily calorie intake. Thankfully now, this process is much easier because of free apps like MyFitnessPal, which is made specifically for this purpose, and calories can be calculated by scanning the bar code with your phone’s camera. In addition, calorie counting helped me to space out my meals so that I wouldn’t spend all my calories in one place, which is so easy to do unfortunately. 😦

So I encourage you, especially if you want to lose weight to find out your recommended daily calorie intake by downloading an app or using an online tool, read the nutrition facts label on everything before you eat it, balance your “calorie checkbook,” and watch some weight fall off!! In order for this tip to be more effective I do recommend that you make healthy food choices with your allotted calories and that you engage in physical activities.

I hope that this tip will help you on your journey to a healthier you! Until next time 😉