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This Week’s Challenge – Water and Weight Loss

So how’d you do with last week’s Challenge?water for weight loss

Was it easy?  I know it was simple, but simple ain’t always easy.

One thing you can’t say is that it was difficult to implement.  Adding the fruit and fatty foods on a regular basis is, in theory, easy to implement.  All it takes is some planning.

One thing I ask my clients is to plan ahead.  Don’t leave your day to chance – plan it out.  Plan your meals, snacks and workouts.  Write out a list, pack the foods up the night before (if necessary), so that all you have to do is eat them.

If you leave it to chance and assume you’ll remember…

…you won’t.  Trust me on this one because I do it all the stinkin’ time!

Anywho, on to this week’s Challenge!

We have another Nutrition Challenge and this one is pretty easy…if you remember it 🙂

This one has to do with water, but I’m not just asking you to drink plenty of water.

This Challenge has to do with the timing of your drinking the water.

Are you ready?

About 10 minutes BEFORE you eat lunch and dinner, I want you to drink a full, cool glass of water.

This puppy should be gone BEFORE your plate even hits the table.

I’m serious.

I want you to drink a full glass (not the small glasses) of cool water 10 minutes before eating lunch and dinner.  It doesn’t have to be exactly 10-minutes, but you know what I mean.  It has to be long enough for that water to sit in your stomach and fill up some real estate.

Why am I asking you to do this?

Simple.

It takes up space.

If you have less space in your stomach, you won’t eat as much and drinking a glass of water is a simple way to keep you from eating too much.

This is especially helpful for those times when you’ll be dining out, or doing any type of “mindless eating” like at a party.

I’m sure you’ve heard that it takes some time for your brain to get the message you’ve had enough to eat and this help make sure your brain gets that message before you start eating too much.

Aside from eating slower (and all the tips I have for that), this one is about as simple as it gets to help ensure you don’t overeat.

It will also help you make smarter decisions.

How?

A lot of times we tend to make silly eating decisions because we’re “starving” and often times when we’re “starving” we’re actually just thirsty or looking for something to put in our stomach.

This, again, slows you down and makes you start thinking a bit more clearly.

Easy enough, right?

Drink a tall, cool glass of water about 10 minutes BEFORE eating lunch AND dinner.

This is in addition to all the other times you should be drinking water, like throughout the day, with your meals (rather than other…stuff) and whenever you get a case of the munchies.

Doing this helps keep your appetite in check and keeps you hydrated.

Add this Challenge to last week’s Challenge and you’ll be building quality fat fighting habits which is how you win the battle.

And like G.I. Joe said, “Knowing is half the battle.”

Boom!  80’s cartoon reference done.

Have an awesome day and I’ll be back soon with another edition of Workout Wednesday!

Later,

ed

About The Author

Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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