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

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.


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  • I have a Camelbak eddy water bottle that holds 750ml. I fill it before I leave home in the morning and keep it in reach on my desk. By lunch I’m usually filling it for the 4th time and by the time I leave for the day I am refilling it for the 7th time. I take it with me when I walk at lunch or in the evening and by the time my day is done I’ve consumed between 5 to 7 litres of water. I drink clear green tea as well so that also adds to my liquid intake. Before I got my Fitbit I was drinking about 2 litres of water a day but now that the heat and humidity have arrived; I definitely notice I need more. I find weekends are more of a challenge to keep up the water intake as it’s not as easy to refill the bottle. If you’re out shopping, I have noticed that more places are installing hydration stations for refilling water bottles but on a hike or long walk it’s not that simple. Also; washrooms are not readily available when hiking which definitely has to be factored in. At first; I was running to the washroom every 45-60 minutes but your body does get used to it and it tapers off – but not for a 3 hour hike! I like to squeeze grapefruit as well as lemon as both are refreshing and add flavour.

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