It’s Sticking to the Diet that Counts, Not the Weight Loss Plan Itself

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I enjoyed reading this short article – mainly because it reiterates points I’ve made in previous posts. There are 2 ways one can define diet:

1. the kinds of foods that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

2. a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.

I believe in the first definition, not the second – unless it’s for medical reasons. Making little changes towards healthier eating for the rest of your life is the only way to loose fat and keep it off forever. Tempory diets = temporary weight loss.

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Water – Drink Up!

Importance of Water

I came across this awesome picture highlighting the many reasons why water is the most important substance you need to consume on a regular basis. Our bodies need water – no if, ands, or buts about it!

In reality, most people do not drink nearly enough, some even claim to go full days without a sip of water! This blows my mind, no wonder why so many people feel like crap!

As you can see from the above depiction, adequate water consumption is vital for basically every bodily function. Blood, organs, joints, skin, bones, and muscles all need water in order to function efficiently.

Aim to consume at least 8 glasses of water every day. Drink a big cold glass upon waking, as well as before and after meals. If you are one of those people who claim to not like water, I recommend that you get over it and drink it anyways. If you find that difficult, adding some fruits to your water jug may help – stawberries, oranges, cucumbers, and lemons all taste great.

Yes, you will pee more often, but thats a good thing! Your pee should be as clear as possible, never dark yellow. Water soluble vitamins (B&C) will cause your pee to be bright yellow, so if you take a multivitamin and drink plenty of water, that is likely the cause.

If you are having a hard time reading the facts in the picture above, heres what is has to say:

  1. Dehydration causes enzymatic activity to slow down, resulting in tiredness and fatigue
  2. Blood is normally 92% water when the body is fully hydrated.  When dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker causing resistance to blood flow resulting in elevated blood pressure.
  3. When dehydrated the body will restrict airways as a means to conserve water.
  4. Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin and makes it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders.
  5. When dehydrated, the body produces more cholesterol to prevent water loss from cells.
  6. A shortage of water can result in digestive disorders, including ulcers and acid reflux.
  7. When dehydrated, the body accumulates toxins and acid waste. This creates an environment where bacteria can thrive resulting in the bladder and kidney to be more prone to infection, inflammation, and pain.
  8. Without adequate water, waste moves through the large intestine much more slowly, or sometimes not at all, resulting in constipation.
  9. People tend to confuse dehydration with hunger, causing them to eat more when the body really just needs water.
  10. When chronically dehydrated, the bodies organs, especially the skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely.

Drink Up!