Back in grade school, you learned that two thirds of your body is composed of water. Alarmingly, you also learned that going without water for merely a few days can kill you. While studying nutrition and the food pyramid, you probably were informed that we should all drink eight glasses of water per day. And, you keep hearing about the importance of water with every weight loss plan you’ve ever pursued.
And yet… You don’t like water. What now?
First of all, keep in mind that your digestive tract can extract water from fresh fruits and vegetables, soups, and so on. So, it’s not necessarily true that you must obtain all of your water requirement by drinking it straight. Still, since most other drinks do contain unnecessary, empty calories, you will want to replace those beverages with water in some way. These tips can help make the switch more palatable.
Try cucumber or mint. If plain water tastes stale to you, try infusing it with a few slices of cucumber or some mint leaves.
Infuse your water with fruit. The above trick also works with fruit. Cut up some of your favorite fruits, leave the pieces in a pitcher of water overnight, and now you can enjoy homemade flavored water. As a bonus, experimenting with different flavor combinations can be fun.
Add a little zing. Fill a glass halfway with your flavored water, and then top it off with carbonated water. Many people miss the bubbles in soda more than the actual soda flavors.
Try herbal teas. If plain, unsweetened tea doesn’t excite you, try different herbal varieties. Just watch out for caffeine; you don’t want to overdo it.
Have your water tested. If the water in your home really does taste extra funky, consider allowing a water quality specialist to come test it. Or, purchase some test strips and do it yourself. If your water is too acidic or too alkaline, it can throw off the taste. A special water treatment system can fix this issue (and extend the life of your appliances as well).
Making longterm lifestyle changes is always easier when you have support. Give us a call to discuss your weight loss plan, and let us offer the professional medical guidance that can help you succeed.