The original zero-calorie drink, water is cheap, available most everywhere, and an important part of a healthy lifestyle, especially for bariatrics. Many people find it hard to drink water, after many years of soft drinks, sodas and juice. Here are some tips to help you increase you water intake.
1. Temperature: Find out which water temperature you like the most, and make sure you always have some on hand. If you enjoy your water ice cold, find a container where you can keep it iced all day.
2. Flavor: Add lemon juice, lime juice, orange slices, cucumber slices, berries or herbs/herb extracts (like peppermint).
3. Bubbles: Are a no no. If you like soda, it’s important to wean yourself off them. Why? Check out the link in the blogs below.
4. Bottles: Having a water bottle you like around you all the time will make you want to fill it up over and over – and show it off. BPA-free of course.
5. Straws: Avoid if you can since you’ll simply fill your reduced stomach/pouch with air before it has the chance to enjoy the water.
6. Wake up with water: Starting your day with a glass of water is easier because you’re thirsty from that (hopefully) nice long night of sleep you’ve had. Warm water can help to relax a tight pouch especially those for those who have a band.
7. Brew something: Sometimes we overlook tea as a source of hydration, but if you avoid too much caffeine and sugar, tea is a great hydrator!
8. Remember how good it is: Once you start a healthy water habit, you’ll start realizing how good you feel when you do drink water. And if you start losing weight, keep that in mind every time you think about drinking something else!
9. Use it as a diet tool: Before you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water. Before you eat, and in between meals, feelings of hunger can be mistaken for feelings of thirst. Drink more water and save calories when you’re really just thirsty.
10. Keep it clean: Tap water is usually fine, but sometimes water and even ice can get a funky flavor that makes you not want to drink it. So invest in a water filter, water filtration system, water softener, or water delivery. Anything that helps your water taste better is an investment worth making!