January’s Healthy Habit: Drink 100oz of Water Daily

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I thought I’d start off the Healthy Habits plan with an easy one: drinking water. No exercise required, no food management required, just concentrate on getting adequate water.

No exercise or calorie counting needed. Start your new habits by simply drinking more water. Check out all the ways water helps you feel your best.
When I have lost weight between babies before, I noticed a strong correlation between my weight fluctuation and how much water I was drinking.

Just as your body goes into starvation mode if you don’t eat enough and holds onto weight even though you’re not consuming many calories, so your body also holds onto water if you aren’t getting enough. The best way to lose water weight is to drink lots of water.

Often times “losing water weight” is tossed about in a tone that implies it doesn’t even count as real weight loss, but I don’t feel that way. Perhaps it is because during a couple pregnancies I carried around at least 20 pounds of water weight. Swelling is excess weight as much as fat is, and it feels just as good to get it off.

Also, to drink enough water during the day, water has to become your beverage of choice. If it replaces high-calorie drinks, then so much the better for weight loss efforts. Even if it’s replacing diet drinks you will be healthier. Water is good for your body. Aspartame is not. Aspartame will increase your urge for snacking; water will dull it. Aspartame gives some people headaches. Water helps cure headaches. Aspartame is a questionable man-made additive used to cheat, to get the sweet hit without the calories. Water is designed to be a life-sustaining beverage and will help regulate your taste and cravings for sweet.

Dehydration causes a myriad of problems, even mild chronic dehydration, from which many people suffer without realizing. Our body requires water; we need to give it the water it needs.

However, simply knowing that we should drink water isn’t enough. 100oz doesn’t happen without a plan. It’s still a habit that takes work to instill, even if it’s cheap and not difficult. Here’s my plan for getting in my 100 ounces:

  1. Drink at least one glass (16oz) first thing upon rising. Before doing anything else, before eating, before coffee: drink a glass of water.
  2. No coffee until I’ve had at least 2 glasses of water.
  3. At any point when sitting down at the computer or for school, have a glass of water and drink it while doing whatever I’m doing.
  4. Always take a full water bottle when leaving the house. Drink it while driving. Finish it before reaching the destination.
  5. Drink a glass of water during dinner preparations.
  6. Drink a glass of water last thing before going to bed.

Drinking water is a good first habit to start with not only because it’s foundational to proper body functioning and other activities, but also because it will quickly become its own positive reinforcement. I feel noticeably better physically and mentally when I start the day off with lots of water. It’s easy to make a choice that gives such quick positive feedback as a tall glass of cool water, preferably with a lemon slice. Yum!

No exercise or calorie counting needed. Start your new habits by simply drinking more water. Check out all the ways water helps you feel your best.

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7 Responses

  1. Rachel
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    I really want to drink more water, but I always forget. Maybe I should schedule it out…

  2. Kathy's Kitchen
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    That’s a great healthy habit. I feel like I don’t get enough though I am really making an effort. The most important for me is first thing in the morning and drinking enough during the night. I’ve never kept track though, I probably should do that for a few days to see what I’m actually taking in. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kathy's Kitchen
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    Great discussion here! I know how important it is to start the day with drinking a glass of water and I do most of the time, but 16 oz seems to be too much. I do sip a total of 16 oz for the night, however. How are you doing with your morning water; do you find it easy?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      I drink at least 8 ounces right away in one fell swoop, and then finish off the glass while pottering in the kitchen. But I am a guzzler, not a sipper, of any beverage. I’ve heard that those that tend to sip and not be used to drinking lots of liquid make the transition better by using a wide straw. I find I get an immediate feel-good feeling, like a clearing-out of my head, with that first chug of water (especially if it’s cold), so that helps make it an easy choice to make.

  4. Water is my BEST friend! It doesn’t seem to help me lose weight, but I’m always shocked to know people ‘think’ they don’t need it. This girl drinks PLENTY and agrees with you completely.

  5. Amber @ Classic Housewife
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    Drinking water is on my list, too. I was shooting for at least 64 oz first, maybe more later. I like your tip about starting the day with water, I’m going to try that. Thanks!

  6. louise
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    When I am being good, I chug a 24 oz glass first thing, then one with lunch and one with dinner, and I keep a glass in the bathroom and drink at least 8 oz every time I “go”. I’m afraid I’ve gotten into a soda habit lately that I need to break…

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