Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 3

Weight Loss Tip #3: Drink plenty of water every day!

We always hear we should drink our water every day — but how many of us actually take practice this great habit every day, day after day? Many of us fall short of our water drinking goals several days each week. Maintaining consistancy with your water drinking will help you on your weight-loss journey — and it also will help your skin look radiant and glowing.

Every day you should drink at least 50 percent of your body weight in ounces of water. But if you are trying to lose weight or if you are fighting a serious health challenge — such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer or Diabetes — you should drink 75 to 80 percent of your body weight in ounces of water.

For example:

  • A 200 pound person who is trying to lose weight needs at least 100 ounces of water every day just to make it through the day. But to fully hydrate the body and maximize weight loss, it is better for that person to drink 150 (75%) to 160 (80%) of water.

Notes:

  • You can count your glasses of rejuvelac toward your water intake.  And if you feel like drinking more than 2-3 glasses of rejuvelac per day, that’s fine! Just remember not to drink it after 6 p.m. if you want to go to bed at a normal hour.
  • You might consider drinking distilled water or boiling your water and putting in your refrigerator before drinking it. Many public water supplies are high in chlorine, flouride and other chemicals. Also,  it is a good idea to add lemon and/or cucumber slices to your water to make it more alkaline. If you do, be sure to use organic produce.

Weight Loss Inspiration: What other people think of me is none of my business. Today I will not let positive and negative comments about my weight loss or appearance effect my goal for optimal health.

Many people who struggle with compulsive eating, bulimia and anorexia have deep-seeded emotional issues with codependency.  One of the biggest challenges for compulsive eaters and dieters who struggle with codependency is an overemphasis on worrying  about what other people think.  The codependent dieter or overeater may worry obsessively about what his parents think about how he spends his money or time. Or she may stress out about how her husband will react to her decision to take an exercise class one evening a week and avoid enrolling in such an activity for fear she will frustrate him.

The fact is, worrying about what other people think about us is not a useful way to spend our time.  People will have their opinions of what we do and who we are and what we do and it is very important for us to understand that their opinions and judgments have nothing to do with us and everything to do with them. Some studies have shown  about 1/3 of the people we meet will like us; about 1/3 of the people we meet will not like us and about 1/3 of the people we meet will feel indifferently about us.  The best we can do is to approach each day with gratitude and live our own lives in line with our core values.

 

It is especially difficult for some compulsive eaters and dieters to deal with comments about weight and appearance. Even when the comments are flattering, they can trigger a negative emotional response. For instance, when a boss tells the compulsive overeater who has lost 25 pounds, “you’re really looking great,” she might shrink inside and feel that too much importance is being put on her appearance and not enough attention is being given to her work. If you find yourself reacting to comments about your weight with extreme emotions — of any type — just take some deep breaths and remind yourself, you’re on this journey for yourself. You’re not doing it to please or irritate anyone else. What other people think of you is none of your business!

For practical suggestions on “How Not to Care About What People Think,”  click HERE.

 

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