Weight Loss Made Easy…Tip #2!

Author: Shannon Miller

We continue with the second part of our ten part weight loss series from nationally renowned author & speaker, Susan Smith Jones, PhD.

These simple, yet important tips can help you lose weight and keep it off by creating a healthy lifestyle that you can enjoy day in and day out!

Weight Loss Tip #2: Drink lots of water

The human body is about 80% water. That means we need to replenish the supply by drinking lots of water every day.

Water –

keeps us hydrated,

flushes out toxins

satisfies thirst, which we often mistake for hunger.

Next time you’re craving a snack, or even before, drink a glass of water with a slice of lemon or lime to make it tasty – and fill up your tank without adding a single calorie.

Americans drink 100’s of calories each day in nutritionally empty caloric beverages, especially soda and fruit juice. The problem with drinking your calories is that they go down so quickly you don’t even know they count. Before you know it, you’ve added 100’s of calories to your daily total, without satisfying any of your hunger. So, if you want to see significant weight loss, grab a water bottle and make water your drink of choice!

We lose water every day through the breathing process, sweat, urine and bowel movements.

Experts generally agree that the average person needs 2 quarts of water a day to stay hydrated. That’s a general number and there are a lot of factors, including how much you weigh. People engaged in intensive exercise programs and those who live in hot climates will need more, as will those who are sick, have chronic diseases and women who are breast feeding.

In addition to flushing toxins and helping you feel full, getting enough water helps your liver to stay focused on one of its main missions: to metabolize fat.

Another function of the liver is to pick up slack for the kidneys, which need water to function properly. So if the kidneys are underperforming because of dehydration, the liver is forced to do their work and put the fat metabolism function in the background.

TIP:  Some of your water intake can from food like fruits and vegetables, soups and tea. Coffee, juice and soft drinks don’t count.

For more on Susan Smith Jones, PhD, or her new book, The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health, please visit:  www.SusanSmithJones.com

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