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Lose Weight by Drinking Water

8th May 2013

I'm sure you have all heard a million times that water is' good for you, drink your water, helps clear toxins etc'. So I am not going to go in to every little thing that water does because firstly, we will be here all day and secondly, I think its better to learn something by actually DOING it. Once you start chugging the H20 you will start to feel the benefits that people are always raving about!

  1. Your body is approx 70% water. Imagine being low in something that makes up that amount of your body! How do you expect it to function properly!? It's like trying to make tea with no water in the kettle or trying to scrub off your fake tan with nothing to mix your exfoliatior with.. it just wont work! Dehydration can be the cause of many common everyday complaint including:
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Sinusitis
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Skin, brittle nails and hair
  • Cramping (esp during that time of the month!)
  • Insomnia

Next time you go to reach for the painkillers, why not have a glass of water instead!?

Getting it in to you:
  • OK so we all know drinking water is good for us, but the trick hard part is trying to guzzle it back during the day. One thing I find works BRILLIANT for me is using a liter bottle- because I can actually keep track and see how much I am drinking! I have a Bobble Bottle. It has a filter on it and it also is BPA free (and it comes in pretty colours- always a bonus!). BPA is a chemical found in your normal plastic bottles that has been linked with numerous conditions including Cancer. IF YOU DRINK OUT OF A PLASTIC BOTTLE PLEASE DO NOT USE IT FOR MORE THAN A WEEK MAXIMUM!!!! I got my bottle in Home Store&More for €14.95. (I am sure you can get them in any 'home' shop or you can buy them online!) I thought it was a bit pricey considering you don't even get water in the bottle but I have used this every single day since January! L.O.V.E it!

  • Instead of a adding horrible, artificial, chemically made, toxic cocktail dilutible drinks to your water, just add in fresh fruit instead. There is nothing more refreshing than a few slices of fresh lemon, lime or mint leaves in water. I drink dilutable drinks sometimes- usually hungover- but I would never drink them during a normal day- especially when I am knocking back 3 liters of water a day- 3 liters of an artificially made product is a lot of necessary toxins and sugar to add to your body and it will increase bloating- Kind of defeats the purpose of drinking water, doesn't it?!


How water makes you put on weight:
  • Water retention can add anywhere from 3-8 lbs on the scales (that's like 3 weeks of hardcore dieting!! Drinking water will stop you from retaining water (as crazy as it sounds). When your body is dehydrated i.e. low in water, it will go in to 'survival mode' and hold on to every bit of water in your body in case it doesn't get a refill. This causes water retention. If you are rentaining water not only do you feel bloated but also heavier. I find it is very hard to motivate myself to do any exercise when I am feeling like a lump!

  • How to prevent water retention? You need to drink 33mls of water per KG of body weight. So if you weigh 60KG= 60 x33= 1,980ml/kg. (1000ml = 1 litre) Everyone is different. It is simple to work out. (If you are not sure of your weight in KG- google it!)

  • How do I know if I am retaining water!? If your clothes leave a mark on your skin i.e. Your socks leave a mark on your ankle, bra leaves a mark around your back, rings leave a mark on your finger etc. Then you are retaining water. I keep a bobbin on my wrist to remind me drink water! If I see a mark left on my wrist I know I need to start guzzling.

So, even though you may not be able to workout everyday and eat healthy 100% of the time, one thing you can control is how much water you drink! Give it a go- start chugging back the H20! The only thing you have to lose is a few pounds that should be there in the first place!!

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You can also add fruit to make it tasty!! YUMMY!!

Ash xxx

About Me

My name is Ash; I am A 22 year old health addict who is in a love triangle with a clean, nutritious, healthy, lifestyle and lazy days, yummy food and cocktails! I am not someone who will get up before work at 6am to go for a run on the beach (even though I would love to be!!) but I am someone who has found a balance...

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