Before I decided to become a healthy person I never drank water. Now I can’t imagine a day without it. As the weather cools down it can be a little harder to drink eight glasses a day. You do need to stay hydrated all year round, so don’t slacken off in winter.
Apart from the obvious signs of having a dry mouth there are a number of other signs that tell you it’s time to hydrate. If you find yourself yawning mid-afternoon grab a glass of water. Next time you have a headache, before reaching for the aspirin try drinking a big glass of water. Dry skin can also be a sign you’re not getting enough H2O.
If you need more reasons to drink water, I have the best reason – staying hydrated can help you lose weight! Here’s how:
- Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger. Next time you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water instead of raiding the pantry or fridge.
- Feeling tired in the afternoons can be a big reason people reach for high sugar snacks, the simple solution – stay hydrated.
- If you are not drinking adequate water your body will retain fluid.
Set a goal each day to drink your water. If you currently drink no water, make your first goal to drink three glasses of water each day for a week. Drink one glass when you get up, one at lunch time and one at dinner time. Then the next week add another glass and gradually build up to your eight glasses a day.
I often get asked, what counts as water? Things like coffee, tea and alcohol are not going to add to your daily water tally. In fact, all drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol are actually diuretics which means they dehydrate you.
Sugary drinks such as soft drinks and cordial are full of empty calories and don’t count towards your daily eight glasses. Sports drinks were originally designed for elite athletes to combat depleted electrolyte and glycogen levels; unless you’re training for the Olympics, stay away from these.
In winter it can be hard to face a cold glass of water.
So what are the best no-calorie options to stay hydrated?
- The best choice is water; leave the jug on the bench rather than putting it in the fridge.
- A cup of warm water with a slice of lemon is a nice change to plain water.
- Herbal teas help to keep you hydrated; my favourite is peppermint.
If you struggle to remember to drink up why not install a water App on your phone to remind you.
Do you struggle to drink water in winter? What tips do you have?
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