Our bodies need water to regulate body temperature, provide the means for nutrients to travel to all our organs, transport oxygen to cells, remove waste, and protect joints and organs. We lose water through urination, breathing, and sweating. Not drinking enough water may result in tiredness, headaches, dry eyes and mouth, water retention, poor concentration, constipation, and muscle pain.
As a general guide, 8-10 glasses of total water a day should be enough to satisfy the bodies needs. We get about 20% of our water through food and the rest comes from beverages. Physical activity and higher temperatures increase the bodies fluid needs, so add in an extra couple glasses of water a day. Juices, teas, and coffee do count towards total water intake. However, many juices contain high amounts of sugar, and coffee/teas contain caffeine, which can act as a diuretic so increasing water consumption will be beneficial.
It is very important to listen to your body’s own signs of thirst. Try not to let yourself get to the point of being really thirsty, this is a sign that your body is already dehydrated.
Tips for drinking more water:
Do not skip breakfast
Eat smaller meals more frequently
Drink more green tea and water
Eat more protein
My first book is done…woohoo…I can take a step back now and breathe a sigh of relief. I did it! I have had this dream for a few years of one day putting all my thoughts, tips, and recipes down in one place to share with others and I finally made it happen. I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish it at first, but self-publishing seemed to be the easiest and fastest way to complete it the way I had it pictured in my mind. It took 7 months from start to finish, but here it is!
This isn’t just a recipe book, it’s a collection of fun, tasty meals, and helpful information on how to connect with your family through food.
I have many more recipes and tips to share so I am already planning out my second book! So stay tuned for that!
Hope you enjoy!
1. Cut Out Carbohydrates
Carbs provide the sugar that our bodies use for energy. Weight loss is often seen with reduced carb diets because of a loss of water, not fat. Yes it is true that we can gain weight from eating too many carbs, but that is only because we are consuming more sugar than our body is burning. Eating small amounts of healthy carbs throughout the day ensures that our energy levels stay high without worrying about weight gain.
2. Skip Meals
If you skip a meal, your metabolism will slow down because your body goes into starvation mode. This means that your body isn’t burning calories as it should be, and this way you end up storing more fat. Also, you may over eat at your next meal because you are so hungry. The best way to keep blood sugar levels balanced and your metabolism on high is to eat small, more frequent, balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.
3. Only Eat Fat-Free
We need fat for energy, repair, and vitamin absorption. Decrease saturated fats and trans fats, but keep the unsaturated fats in your diet, from olive oil, nuts, and avocados. Foods that are low in fat or fat free often add in extra sugars to keep flavour, as well as thickening agents such as corn syrup.
4. Eating Any Fattening Foods Will Cause Weight Gain
Indulging in high fat foods while on your diet, may cause a slight weight gain, it doesn’t actually mean its increased body fat. You need an extra 3500 calories to gain 1 pound of fat. This means you haven’t necessarily blown your diet if you eat a piece of cake one at a party. What will hurt you is if you continue to eat high fat, high sugar foods on a daily basis.
5. Crash Diets Work Well
These types of diets (low calorie, fasting, or juice/soup diets) may help you lose weight quickly for the short term, but are not good for long term weight loss. This is because these diets not only make you lose body fat, but muscle as well. The loss of muscle means that your body will burn fewer calories, and need fewer calories each day to function. So once you go off this diet and begin eating more, you will likely put the weight back on.