Sometimes we’re just looking for a way to lose a few pounds quickly. Unfortunately, many things that would make us drop weight in a hurry are not so healthy. There is one dietary item that is always good for you. Water! Using water in specific ways to make sure you get enough and more, is a simple and inexpensive way to boost your health and shed pounds. Read on to learn a few ways you can incorporate more water into your daily routine.
Consume water about every two hours
The key is to keep your body replenished. When we drink on a schedule like this we’re ridding our body of excess water weight through replenishment. It seems easier to only drink when we feel thirsty, but by doing this we’re actually retaining water weight because we’re depleting our body of needed fluids. Have your first glass of water when you wake up in the morning.
Add some flavor
Sometimes we think water is a bit boring. It’s so easy to change that. Try adding fresh fruit pieces or citrus slices and splashes to your water for an extra zing.
Green tea is an excellent choice for weight loss. It’s packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that boost metabolism. If you’re not into hot drinks, make it into iced tea.
Try sparkling water
Carbonated water can add some variety to your water-drinking routine. Be careful, though. Sparkling water isn’t good for those with digestive problems. It can make symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome worse because CO2 causes gas and bloating.
Make fruit/vegetable-infused water
You can add delicious flavor to your water by infusing it with fruits and vegetables. Fruit-infused water (agua fresca) is the addition of oranges, berries, limes, lemon and other fruits to a pitcher of water and leaving it in the refrigerator (let it simmer for an extended period) for amazing flavor. It’s best to add organic fruits to avoid saturating the water with chemicals.
Hydrate by eating fruits with a high water content
Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe and grapefruit are excellent examples of water-heavy fruits to add to your diet. Watermelon is 92 percent water!
If you want to increase your water consumption and fill up, soup is your best bet! If you don’t want a broth based soup with chunks of vegetables, you can always puree them and have a rich and creamy soup. It’s best not to add a lot of salt (or any) to the soup.