Drinking water is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. We need it to hydrate our cells, maintain optimal energy levels, and also, it aids in weight loss.
In the Metabolism Reboot, we advocate for drinking plenty of water to help our clients develop healthy habits. However, many people complain that they hate drinking water.
This is quite the predicament to be in, especially because we need water to survive and thrive.
If you’re someone who hates drinking water, but you want to start somewhere, here’s how.
How Much Water to Drink a Day
So how much water should we actually drink in a day? Depending on your health history and background, the amount of water to drink a day varies.
The recommended amount of water to drink a day is as follows:
- For women, the recommended amount is 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) a day
- For men, the recommended amount is 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) a day
This also depends on your lifestyle, habits, and how active/inactive you are. If you’re unsure, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor about how much water you should drink a day.
When it comes to weight loss, the recommended amount is anywhere between 1-2 liters of water a day. Drinking water is shown to be especially beneficial before meals.
Two Easy Ways to Start Drinking H2O
For people who struggle to get their recommended amount of water in a day, creating a new habit can be challenging. Some may not even know where to start.
This is why there are two easy ways to make drinking water as easy as possible.
Stop Saying You Hate Drinking It
This may seem arbitrary, but it works. Instead of feeding into the belief that you hate drinking water, start saying why water benefits you.
The point here isn’t to lie to yourself or convince yourself into a new habit. But rather, the point is to start drinking water for the benefits it provides your body.
You can start to implement new belief systems by saying things like:
- “I love water for the way it helps my body.”
- “I drink water because it gives me great cellular health.”
- “Water helps my skin stay healthy.”
- “Water gives me energy.”
- “Water gives me hydration from the inside out.”
When you continue to say and believe you hate water, there’s no room for growth or a change in habit. Research the many benefits of drinking water and start from there.
A practical thing you can do to start drinking more water is to implement it into already-existing habits. This is something called habit-stacking.
Take a habit that’s already a part of your day-to-day life, and drink water before that. Here are a few examples of habit-stacking in practice:
- If you sit down at your computer every morning, drink a glass of water before that.
- If you feed your pets every morning, drink a glass of water before feeding them.
- Before you get in your car to leave for work, drink a glass of water beforehand.
- You can also drink a glass of water before and after each meal a day. This is not only a helpful way to build new habits, but it also aids in weight loss.
Whatever routine you follow each day, make drinking water a part of your routine. Before you know it, you’ll start drinking water regularly, without even thinking about it.
Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?
Drinking water is an important part of weight loss, and it’s also an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you’re looking for guidance on your weight loss journey, reach out to us at The Metabolism Reboot. Our clients lose 20-45 lbs in just 6 weeks, and they keep the weight off, too.
Start today and transform your life from the inside out.