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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!

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Water Break!

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You can find the water logging tool on Fitbit.com under the Log Food page.

Most people are aware that water is an essential part of staying well and an overall healthy lifestyle, but how much water to drink, and why it’s so important, might not be quite as well known.

First off:  why is water so important?  Water makes up 60-70%  of your overall body weight, and is crucial to many bodily functions. Just to name a few of water’s duties, water keeps your ears, nose and throat moist, flushes toxins out of your system, and carries nutrients to your cells. Water is also important in aiding digestion and metabolism.

It’s important to stay hydrated – mild dehydration can make you feel tired and lack energy.  Ironically, dehydration can also cause water retention! Thirst is often also confused with hunger, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and for weight loss, some research even suggests drinking a glass of water before meals will help you feel full faster.

And how much water should you drink?  The exact amount varies by individual – including one’s health, activity and geographic location.  In general, most recommendations are at least 8-9 glasses per day, and generally enough that you rarely feel thirsty.  One easy way to remember is the 8×8 rule.  8 glasses, 8 oz each – which is equal to just under 2 liters a day.

Additional water is required if you live in a hot, dry climate, or if you are overweight – typically, one additional glass for every 25 lbs. over your ideal weight. The International Sports Medicine Institute also offers a formula for calculating your individual water needs.

So don’t forget to fill up your water glass and your virtual glass on Fitbit.com.