You’ve heard it from every fitness blog, health writer, and workout guru - DRINK MORE WATER.
Well, they wouldn’t be saying it for no reason. 43% of adults in the United States drink less than 4 cups of water a day, and only 22% drink more than 8. You can bet your life those numbers carry across to Ireland and the UK too.
When we work with people who’ve had unhealthy diets for years, their chief struggle is with the increase in water intake, not the food changes. It’s understandable though - it can be really difficult to glug down water if you’re used to a glass or two per day.
But lots of people don’t realise the impact upping your water intake can have on your diet. If you’re drinking before, during, and after each meal, you’ll blunt your appetite, making it very difficult to over eat.
OK, that’s easy in theory. But how can we make it easier to apply in practice? Well, here are a couple of tips:
Get a good water bottle, and carry it with you everywhere. The gym, work, anywhere. If you have it visible at all times, you’re more likely to take regular sips, meaning you won’t have to compensate with huge gulps later in the day.
- Sometimes, drinking large quantities of water is difficult because it’s so bland. If you head down to the supermarket, you can find water flavour powders. They’re better than fizzy, sugary drinks, and if they make you drink enough water, that can only be a good thing.
- If you want to flavour your water a different way, infuse your bottle with fruit. Slip in a slice or two of lemon or strawberry.
Train hard. After a tough run or workout, you’ll be lapping down water like a labrador after a long walk.
However you do it, make sure you get enough water. We recommend 3 litres, but a little more if you’re a gym addict.