For most of my life, I was never a water drinker. It was always soft drinks, dairy, or juice- but never water. But then I wanted to lose weight- about 30lbs from my 140 lb, 5′ 1″ frame. I’d been reading that people who drank a couple of glasses of water before every meal consumed fewer calories. Ok, I’m in! I’ll give it a try. I’d also read that water helps flush toxins from your body and that once those toxins are removed, you’ll have more energy. Ok, I need more energy, so sign me up!
I’d also read where the high fructose corn syrup in all the pop (yes, I’m a Midwesterner!) I’d been drinking is difficult for the body to process and can actually make you crave more calories. Nope, don’t want that. So instead of drinking soft drinks at work, I made a small “lifestyle change” and decided to drink only water at work. (My employer has a filtered water machine available for employees.) Not only did I save money by purchasing way less pop (yes, I still drink it), but I also eliminated 140 calories a day from my diet right off the bat! With a home exercise plan and being more mindful of what I eat and drink, I lost my 30lbs in about 4 months and have been able to keep it off. Staying physically active and making SMALL changes in my diet was the key for me.
I also wanted to start drinking more water when I wasn’t at work, but didn’t like the taste of my tap water. It seemed to taste too much of chlorine. In thinking about it, I guess that’s the main reason why I’d always avoided drinking water in the past- I just didn’t like the taste. Too many chemicals seemed to be in it, even though it was city water treated by a major municipal water treatment system.
So I bought a drinking water filter- a pitcher filter that I keep in the fridge. Wow, what a difference it made in my attitude towards drinking water, not to mention my overall health! Now, water is my drink of choice, even when dining out. Making this change in my life has enabled me to maintain my desired weight and energy levels and makes me feel like I’m a healthier person. I’m now researching and writing about the benefits of adding more drinking water to your diet and the effects on your health.
If you don’t drink a lot of water, ask yourself why. Adding more water to your diet can be one of the best things you can do for your health and wellness!