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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 24: Drink a glass of water before each meal & snack

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

There’s only one week left of our 30-day summer countdown! We know you all can keep it up through the end. For today’s challenge, we’re even keeping it pretty simple: Drink a glass of water before each meal & snack.

There are a lot of different opinions about how much water is the “right” amount to drink each day. But there have been studies that show that drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before each deal can help reduce calorie intake.

We also turned to Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Erica Steinz for her tips about hydration:

Another common fear is holding onto water weight so people intake less water than is suggested before an event, photo shoot, etc. It’s actually smarter to drink a lot more water to flush out the sodium in your body so that your body does NOT retain water a week prior to the event. Then reduce the amount of water a day or two before you want to look slim in those pictures!

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 24

Want a bonus challenge? Barry’s Bootcamp owner/instructor Adam Shane had this to add:

Squeeze the juice from half a lemon (or a whole lemon if you’re over 150 pounds) into a cup of water.  Lemon is a great source of vitamin C.  Make sure the water is room temperature, because cold water can shock your system and prevent all of the many health benefits from starting to work.  The citrus fruit has the potential to clear up anything from your skin to a nasty cold.  Some of the many benefits include:  hydration (the obvious one), freshens your skin (vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming), helps with aches and pains (lemon water can help reduce uric acid in our joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation, especially as related to arthritis) and cleanses the liver (gives the liver that little extra boost it may or may not need).

So grab your water bottle, and get drinking! And let us know how you remind yourself to drink more water here in the comments, or using #30DaysToSummerFit.