Weight Loss

Makeover Monday: Drink More Water!

Why drink water? How much is enough? Learn the basics here.

Everyone says that if you want to be successful in your diet, you need to up your water consumption, but many dieters don’t understand the basics of water consumption: What are the benefits? How much should I be drinking? Is there such a thing as too much water?

There are numerous benefits to drinking more water, but a few stand out above the rest. First, often when we feel hungry we are instead thirsty. Whenever you feel hungry, try first drinking 8 oz of water. Wait about 20 min for the water to get into your stomach and begin absorption. If you still feel hungry, reach for a healthy snack.

Water can also help energize your muscles during a tough workout. If your muscle cells don’t maintain ideal levels of hydration and electrolytes, they begin to lose their shape and viscosity, causing your performance to suffer. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking 17 oz of water in the two hours prior to a workout.

In the same way that lack of hydration can shrink the muscular cells, it can cause skin cells to wrinkle and dry out. Ensuring proper hydration to these cells will keep your skin looking plump and youthful for years to come.

So, how much water should you be drinking? Luckily, there is a simple formula to calculate the amount of water you should drink each day. This number should be treated as a jumping off point, adding more or less based on how you feel and your lifestyle. To calculate the amount of water you should drink each day, take your body weight in pounds and divide it by two. This number is the amount (in oz) of water that you should drink each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, 150 ÷ 2 = 75, so you should drink 75 oz of water per day.

Surround Yourself with Motivation

How putting motivation all around you can empower you to stay on track.

When it comes to being successful in your diet and healthy living endeavors, one of the most influential aspects is continuing to be mindful of your goals. Maintaining motivation each and every day can often be very challenging. Because you know that keeping your goals in mind will sometimes be what seems like an insurmountable challenge, you can be proactive and create little reminders for yourself that will help you to achieve these goals!

One way to keep your goals top-of-mind is to surround yourself with little reminders of them. You may choose to keep a written account of your goals in a place that you will reference them often. Or perhaps you will keep a photo that reminds you of what the end result of all your hard work will look like. Another great motivator and reminder is to print your favorite motivational quotes in a special place for you to view. Weight loss gives 24 examples of popular fitness quotes to keep you motivated here.

Where you keep these little reminders of your motivators is up to you – some suggestions include on your bedroom wall in the form of a dream or inspiration board, on your bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator door, discreetly in your office, or as the background on your mobile phone or computer.

Whether you’re hoping to run your first 5k, lose a little weight for bikini season, slim down considerably, or simply create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, keeping your motivation can be the most important indicator when it comes to future success. Keep your reasons, or the “why”, close by your side at all times and the “how” is sure to follow soon after..

June is Men’s Health Month


Stopping to ask directions, avoiding dentist and doctor appointments… While these general stereotypes of men are known across the country, the clichés remain for a reason. Most often men are generally more apt to take care of others and their families as opposed to keeping tabs on their overall health maintenance. June is Men’s Health Month and gives health care providers, public policy makers, individuals and the media an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Healthier men live happier, longer lives.

Here are 3 key areas to identify to take charge of your health for the sake of you and your family:

Cardiovascular Health: Heart disease is the most common cause of death for men in the U.S. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a general term that includes many different conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. According to the American Heart Association, over 39 million American men (1 in 3) suffer from one or more of these conditions, and every year just under half a million of them die of cardiovascular disease (1 in 4 men)—that’s more than cancer and diabetes combined.

Cancers: Each year, over 700,000 men are diagnosed with cancer and nearly 300,000 die from the disease. During the course of a lifetime half of all men will get cancer at least once,

  •  Prostate cancer is the leading cancer for men in the US. It is followed by
  • Lung cancer and then
  • Colorectal cancer.

While you can’t guarantee you will never get cancer, there are some ways to for early detection and prevention: Large amounts of smoking, high fat diets, exposure to PVCs (poly vinyl chloride), alcohol and prolonged sunlight exposure are all cancer causing agents. Positive actions that can be taken are: early screening, high fiber/low fat diets and aspirin intake.

Nutrition: Because of poor health habits, lack of health insurance, failure to seek medical attention, and dangerous occupations, men live sicker and die younger than women. Men die at higher rates for the top causes of death. Taking control of your health by exercising, eating right and visiting your healthcare provider regularly all contribute to a better quality of life. Lack of proper nutrition, exercise and maintenance  can all lead to

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

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