It’s a well known fact that everyone needs to drink water every day. The general recommendation for men and women is 13 and 9, respectively. This recommendation includes water from foods, too. Different factors increase the amount of water needed including exercise, environment, and/or certain health conditions. Water helps your body perform daily functions and adequate water intake is essential in a healthy, functional body. When increasing water intake remember to increase slowly working toward the end goal. Drinking water before meals can aid in weight loss. Studies have shown that drinking two glasses (16 ounces) of water before meals will help a person eat less because of the water in their stomach.
- Take a water bottle with you everywhere and know how much it holds. Keep track of how much you are drinking for a couple of days to see what/if you need to change.
- Replace sugary beverages with regular water.
- If you are looking to lose weight drink two glasses of water before eating a meal – while cooking is a perfect opportunity.