Water – Getting your fluids


Drink at least 64 oz. of water a day but don’t drink 20-30 minutes before or after a meal.  Did this sound crazy to anyone else in the beginning?

Also, No caffeine or carbonation!  This is going to take an act of Congress or the All Mighty!

In the beginning, I was sure I would really miss my Diet Dr. Pepper and cup of hot tea in the morning habits.  And in a small way I do miss the soda but I did not give up my tea, I just switched to decaffeinated green teas.  There are lots of flavors and brands out there to try so…I tried until I found a few that satisfy me.   I use SweetLeaf Natural Stevia Sweetener to sweeten my tea with no calories, carbs, fat or sodium.

However, carbonation is a no-no…  So, bye-bye soda.

It was time to evaluate some other options.  I bought all the flavors of drops to put in your water along with quite a bit of different types of decaffeinated tea so I could make myself my hot tea in the mornings at work like I’ve always done.  I do still keep some of these around for when I want something extra but for the most part now it’s just water.  Good ole H2O.

I never used to drink water at all and now getting 64 oz. a day is getting easier



  • Initial weight loss is largely due to loss of water, and you need to drink an adequate amount of water in order to avoid dehydration.
  • The process of burning calories requires an adequate supply of water in order to function efficiently; dehydration slows down the fat-burning process.
  • Burning calories creates toxins (think of the exhaust coming out of your car), and water plays a vital role in flushing them out of your body.
  • Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume; a reduction in blood volume causes a reduction in the supply of oxygen to your muscles; and a reduction in the supply of oxygen to your muscles can make you feel tired.
  • Water helps maintain muscle tone by assisting muscles in their ability to contract, and it lubricates your joints. Proper hydration can help reduce muscle and joint soreness when exercising.
  • A healthy (weight loss) diet includes a good amount of fiber. But while fiber is normally helpful to your digestive system, without adequate fluids it can cause constipation instead of helping to eliminate it.
  • Drinking water with a meal may make you feel full sooner and therefore satisfied eating less. Note, however, that drinking water alone may not have this effect. In order to feel satiated (not hungry), our bodies need bulk, calories and nutrients.