weight loss tips: water, water, water.

So! I’m finally getting my butt back in gear and writing another post in my little weight-loss series.

Before I proceed, I thought I’d give you an update on my own weight status. It’s been a month since I officially reached my goal of 120 pounds (which was 11 pounds lost from Thanksgiving to January) I also stopped tracking my daily food intake, just to see if I could keep the weight off and do it ‘on my own’. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been very careful with what I eat every day. Mostly on the weekends- we’ve had a lot of family get-togethers and dinners out lately, and it’s always hard to eat right during those things. But, I’m happy to report that I haven’t gained anything back! I haven’t lost any more (I’ve been fluctuating between 118 and 120, which is pretty normal) but I’m still holding steady without the daily check of entering my food. So yay for that! And yay for needing to go shopping for shorts for the spring, because I HAVE NONE THAT FIT. They are all too big!

On to the advice!

Today’s Topic: Drink more water!

The first week of Weight Watchers- or any lifestyle change involving cutting back on food- is KILLER. Especially if you’re like me and you were previously eating enough for a Steelers linebacker (you know, the Steelers? From SIX-BURGH?) Which, I guess eating like a linebacker isn’t bad… if you’re actually, you know, a linebacker. But if you’re 5’3″ and only supposed to weigh 115-125, then maybe you shouldn’t be eating 3,000 calories a day, you think? So cutting those calories (or Points, as WW calls them) in half can make you cranky and hungry.

So what do you do? Somehow, you have to trick your body into not feeling hungry. Just for a little while, during that adjustment phase until things even out for you. When I really paid attention to how I was feeling, I realized that I wasn’t hungry in the sense that I was shaky and weak and had low blood sugar (because I do get that way, on occasion.) My stomach simply felt empty. And my brain said EAT EAT EAT.

Instead, I filled my stomach with water. Which is zero points! Plus, there are so many other benefits to water. It helps flush your body of toxins, which can make your skin and hair appear healthier, and it can give you more energy too. The end goal of any weight loss plan is yes, to lose pounds- but also to be healthier. Water helps with all of that.

The hardest time of day for me, hunger-wise, is late afternoon (3-5pm, right smack between lunch and dinner, PRIME snacking time!) and in the evenings before bed, usually 9 or 10pm. And of course at night after dinner when I’m hungry, I’m not looking for something healthy like a banana or a carrot. I want sugar and salt and fat and lots of it. Getting over that was tough. The first week I drank so much water and peed so often, I felt like I was 9 months pregnant again. But slowly- after about 7 or 8 days- I started not feeling so hungry during those times.

The idea was to fill my body with something else in place of high-calorie, high-fat snacks. Late-afternoon snacking is where I always load up on points, and then by dinner time I’m all, mmm, this piece of lettuce is DIVINE. What a great dinner! because that’s all the points I have left for the day. Most of it was mental, really. I just had to decide, hey, DRINK SOME WATER instead of (insert delicious but calorie-packed snack here).

Now, I know not everyone likes water. Me, I love it. I’ve been addicted to the stuff since college (yeah I know, I’m Hard Core. heh) I have never tried them myself, but I have heard quite a few people sing the praises of those fancy flavored waters. Still no points, but not as boring as water (if you consider water boring, which I don’t, actually)

For me, drinking lots of water is just a matter of habit. I try to always have a glass of fresh water nearby- on the desk, on the end table (away from curious toddler hands, of course!) and I never leave the house without my travel mug. If I forget to bring my travel mug, oh man do I feel lost and naked. I’ll keep reaching down to the cup holder at stop lights and DANG IT WHERE’S MY CUP OF WATER?

Water. H2O, baby. Drink it. Love it. It will help you! Promise.


  1. Becca

    February 20, 2009 8:35 am

    You are so right! I noticed when I drank the right amount of water, I always lost pounds that week. It is very vital in keeping our organs functioning and happy. Plus, if you eat something salty, you need to drink more water or else you retain water and poundage.

    I am amazed that you’ve kept the weight off. I just passed the 10 pound mark but I have 15-20 to go before I’m down to where I want to be. Good job!

  2. Nichole

    February 20, 2009 8:45 am

    Water makes such a difference!! and being pregnant I can tell when I have not had enough!! I feel sick! I keep one of those BPA free water bottles with me at all times, with a straw!! I want to do WW after I deliver and I will be nursing so I get 300? extra calories?? Congratulations!!

  3. Allison

    February 20, 2009 10:21 am

    So true!

    I find that it is also important to drink more water when you are eating better (particularly weight watchers) because you are probably getting more fiber. And, um, not drinking enough water while eating a lot of fiber is not so much fun.

    Allisons last blog post: Fun at the Park!

  4. Jen

    February 20, 2009 10:24 am

    @Allison: LOL that is definitely true :) Water helps with ALL of that, hehe

  5. Kelly

    February 20, 2009 12:34 pm

    Good stuff!

    Other benefits:
    1. Helps keep away dry winter skin.
    2. Doesn’t stain the carpet when the toddler tries to have some but drinks from the wrong end of the glass!

    Kellys last blog post: Toxicity

  6. Steph

    February 20, 2009 12:49 pm

    when I did weight watchers years ago (at least 6-7 years ago) – I always felt like I was starving to death. I was on the 23 point level (150 and under) and I would exercise like a mad woman to get the extra points! I’m just wondering how you manage hunger besides drinking water? Is there anything in particular you snack on that helps? Rice cakes?

    Stephs last blog post: I CHOOSE to PASS

  7. Jen

    February 20, 2009 1:36 pm

    @Steph: no definitely not rice cakes- nowhere near filling enough! I snack on a lot of pretzels, and even some of Maggie’s snacks- goldfish crackers are surprisingly low in points! hehe

    Actually snacking is another topic I plan to cover soon :) So stay tuned!

  8. Erika

    February 20, 2009 3:55 pm

    I always just feel so much better when I’ve been chugging water all day. It’s a healthy thing in so many ways. And as someone with chronic kidney infections since childhood, it’s important to make it a mainstay and keep away from drinks with red or brown dye…though I love a Diet Cola.

  9. sparkyd

    February 20, 2009 4:25 pm

    I am totally with you on the feeling naked without your water in the car thing. I need my water. And I can’t stand the flavoured stuff. Nor the fizzy.

    Goldfish are low in points, eh? So I should feel less guilty about scarfing a couple of handfuls when I need a quick snack and nothing else is handy? Cool. I love goldfish.

  10. Amy

    February 21, 2009 6:39 pm

    You need to be very careful with this recommendation. Drinking too much water can kill you.

    A Google search for ‘water toxicity’ or ‘drinking too much water’ will tell you more.

    All things are good in moderation.

    Amys last blog post: Crossword with a pen

  11. Kate

    February 23, 2009 9:21 pm

    Just a little medical geek squad stuff water intoxication is known as hyponatremia hehe I can give you signs and symptoms too but I don’t want to bore you haha

  12. Susan

    February 23, 2009 11:32 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve broken through the first 5 pounds, but still have WAY more to go. (Now for even more reason…heehee) And wouldn’t you know my daughter’s girl scout cookies just came in.

    Life is just not fair, but fortunately I like water.

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