Why Water is Your Friend

There is only one thing I can say I do correctly 99% of the time, even when I'm going through an "off" period: I start each day off with at least one tall glass of water. It's an extremely easy way to get things started on the right foot. As you've probably heard a million times, water makes up roughly 60 percent of your body weight. It carries nutrients to your cells and flushes toxins out of your organs. That means that when you allow yourself to get dehydrated your body slows down because it doesn't have what it needs to perform its normal functions. Think back to the times when you felt tired in the last week? How much water did you drink on those days? As any doctor will tell you, it's totally possible that you were dehydrated.

Now what does any of this have to do with weight loss? Well, the Mayo Clinic suggests drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day. But what kinds of fluid are you drinking? If you can replace the alcohol, soda, and other high-calorie drinks you drink with water, you can make a HUGE difference in the number of calories you consume. High-calorie drinks are partly to blame for packing pounds onto our frame in the first place and Americans regularly drink beverages that rival their meals in calorie-count. Raise your fluid intake, make most of that "fluid" water and you'll find yourself with a nice "calorie deficit". Not only that but you run run out of energy prematurely, which means you'll have enough pluck left for that almost-daily workout. If you don't like the taste of plain water, feel free to add a twist of lemon, lime, cucumber or fruit juice. This is one of those simple things that can easily because part of a lifestyle change, which is what we're really aiming for!

This is just one of the topics several of the African-American Brides are delving into as part of State Farm's 50 Million Pound Challenge. For more information, click below.


George Peele said...

Amen:) just started writin' a children's song called "Water is Your Friend" last night

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