You’ve all heard that drinking water is good for you.  But when you’re trying to melt a few pounds off, it’s even more important and more is better.

Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day.  That’s right!  For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll want to drink 75 fluid ounces of water daily.

Here’s just a couple of reasons drinking water is key for weight loss:

  • Water helps to flush out toxins and keep things moving
  • Staying hydrated keeps you from over eating
  • Drinking water may help to increase the metabolism
  • Stave off muscle fatigue by drinking water before, during and after exercise

Notice the word water – not tea, not coffee, not beer, not soda – water!  Try to consume your daily amount before you hit anything else, including (my favorite) flavored sparkling waters like the amazing taste sensations from La Croix.

These tips can make drinking water a little less of a chore. 

Add some flavor.  Fight the blah blahs in drinking plain old water day after day by infusing it with some fresh herbs and fruit.  Farmer’s markets are teeming with spring and summer goodness, so get out there and get creative.

Drink before and after.  Drink a full glass of water before every meal to help you feel full.  Go further by starting a habit by linking water with some of your most common daily activities. Every time you check social media, drink a glass of water.  Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water after a bathroom break.

Track your progress.  There’s a ton of ways to do this and, of course, there’s an app (or two) for that.  Simple ways are to use a gallon jug – and drink it all everyday, you overachiever, you – or to use hair ties on your bottle (each time you drink one bottle, move the hair tie over to your wrist until they’re all gone).  Tech savvy?  Download Daily Water Free or Waterlogged to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms.

Do you have any tips or tricks for drinking more water?  Any creative recipes you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know – in between trips to the bathroom, that is!

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