Hydrate for Weight Loss*
Hydration isn’t always something that you think about right away when you are trying to lose weight, but the reality is that without drinking enough water every day, you aren’t going to reach your weight loss goals. Hydration is a fundamental aspect of living a healthy life. When you aren’t properly hydrated, you are going to experience a wide range of health issues, including everything from headaches and increased fatigue to difficulty losing weight and trouble with digestion.
One of the biggest reasons that so many people face issues with hydration comes down to one simple fact: water isn’t all that exciting, especially when you compare it to sugary and flavorful beverages like juices, sodas and coffee. If you want to keep yourself better hydrated to promote your health and wellness goals, then you need to start developing healthy habits that will encourage you to drink water all day long, rather than those other sugary beverages that may detract from your weight loss efforts and leave you feeling worse off than if you had nothing to drink at all!
Here are a few healthy strategies to help you drink more water throughout the day:
- Keep a water bottle with you all day long and drink from it constantly. Taking small sips of water throughout the day is the healthiest way to stay hydrated—especially after weight loss surgery, when taking large gulps of water isn’t ideal as it could fill up your stomach too quick.
- If you aren’t too interested in drinking water all day because of the lack of flavor, then you may want to try improving the flavor by adding fruit or herbs to your water bottle. This is a great way to add flavor without adding sugar or calories.
- Make keeping up with your hydration goals a game, and challenge yourself to drink so much water throughout the day by setting smaller milestones for yourself.
- Set an alarm on your watch or phone to go off every hour or two to remind you to take a few sips out of your water bottle. You don’t need to drink the entire bottle every hour, but taking a few sips throughout the day can significantly improve your hydration efforts.
You may be really surprised by how much being properly hydrated can help your health and wellness goals, including your weight loss goals. The more hydrated you are, the more likely you are to properly digest your food and have the energy you need for your next workout. When you are trying to lose weight, little habits like this can go a long way to helping you succeed.
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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.