For as long as I can remember, I have been told to drink 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water a day. I grew up hearing that everywhere. No one really ever told me why, they just said I should. Until recently, I haven’t been a big water drinker, despite what I’ve been told my whole life. Over the past 40+ years, I’ve put away plenty of soda and fruit juice and until recently, I was drinking lots of diet drinks. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine, Steve Pfiester, suggested that I drink a gallon of water a day, that I started thinking about my water consumption. Hold that thought, while I go get a class of water. Ahhh, that’s much better.
So how was I going to drink 1 gallon of water a day? 128 ounces of H2O is double what I have been told all these years and a LOT more than I was actually drinking. I started doing the math to see how many ounces I needed to drink every hour to accomplish my task. It worked out to be one 8 ounce glass every hour for 16 hours. Great, at least I didn’t have to drink water in the middle of the night, right? To be honest, it seemed like a lot. It seemed crazy even. But I was committed to giving it a try. So it was time to find a water bottle, one that would fit in my car’s cup holder. 24 ounces. 3 – 8 ounce glasses, every 3 hours. The bottle is clearly marked on the outside 8, 16, 24. All I have to do is drink to the next line before the hour is up. This bottle goes every where with me. Upstairs, downstairs, work, errands, shopping. I, like Linus, now have a security blanket. And now, I only order water when dining out too. Drinks are expensive when dining out. You can easily shave $20 off your bill just by switching to water. If you eat out once a week that’s a savings of over $1,000 in a year!
Besides the money savings, what is drinking a gallon of water a day doing for me? First of all, it fills me up. I’m not as likely to eat calories if I’m not hungry. When I drink water, I stay hydrated and I’m A LOT less likely to drink any other beverage that has calories. My skin feels healthier, cleaner. I like to use the analogy, I wouldn’t wash my body with diet soda so why my insides! And studies have shown that increasing water intake can increase your metabolic rate, burning an extra 50 calories per day. When you do the math, that’s and extra 5 lbs a year, burned! (50 X 365) / 3500 = 5.2
I’ve been drinking a gallon of water per day for 1 week and I’ve lost 4 pounds. Hard to complain about that! Will I continue to see weight loss? We’ll see. But I’m going to keep at it! I feel like my body is being cleansed from the inside out. As I understand it, by body is beginning to release stored water as it now realizes and adapts to an abundance of it. I stopped taking my blood pressure medication too. You see, the medication was doing the same thing, forcing the body to release stored water. No more trips to the pharmacy!
Do you know there are 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 (326 million trillion gallons) of water on Earth. Make that 325,999,999,999,999,999,999! I’ll keep drinking and learning to live Every Day Fit.