One of the most important things to do when you’re dieting is to DRINK THE DANG WATER. Heck, it’s a good idea even when you aren’t dieting. Not drinking enough water makes it difficult for your body to rid itself of the toxins that can make you feel kind of icky (scientific term). Water helps to metabolize fat and prevent constipation.
Did you know water also helps to regulate your body temperature? And while we, as adults, could survive for up to nine weeks without food, we wouldn’t last more than a couple of days without water. THAT’S how important it is.
So how much should you drink on a daily basis? There has been some debate on this. The standard has always been 64 ounces, Weight Watchers recommends 48 ounces, and other sources say you should drink the equivalent of half of your body weight in ounces (i.e., if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces). So how do you know when you’re getting enough water? Check your urine, people. If it’s dark yellow in color, you need more water. If you’re peeing clear, you’re good to go.
If you start to look like this, maybe you’re drinking too much:
I started buying my bottled water by the gallon, which I would use to refill my water bottles at work. And boy, did I have to hear about it from my coworkers when I would stroll in carrying that monster. Now four other people bring in the big gallons, too. And we no longer waste our time refilling small bottles – we drink it straight from the gallon container (Ice Mountain has a convenient hand grip on the bottle which makes this easy to do). Of course, I’m the only woman who drinks directly from the jug, but I do try to maintain at least an illusion of femininity by not letting too many people actually see me do it.
On a related note, I bought my 7-year old grandchildren reusable water bottles at Christmas as kind of a “throw in gift” because my grandson, especially, LOVES to drink water. They were similar to this:
No, of course I did not give my grandson a Hello Kitty water bottle. His had a manly Batman motif, while my granddaughter’s featured Hannah Montana. They can flip the top up with their thumb and there is a straw concealed underneath. I picked them up at Target and, while I don’t remember the exact cost, I’m sure they were under $15. I cannot tell you how it tickles me to see them toting those water bottles whenever they come over. It’s never too early to start good habits, right?