Drink up to LOSE WEIGHT

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH & FITNESS - Pa­trice J. White is a cer­ti­fied fit­ness, life­style, and trans­for­ma­tion coach, founder and pres­i­dent of the Sonic Step­pers Run­ning Club. Email: info@patrice­jwhite.com; Instagram: @dy­nam­i­clifestyleja; Twit­ter @patrice­jwhite; Face­book @dy­namic life­style trai

HOW MANY times have you ever thought ‘this weight isn’t go­ing any­where’? You slave away in the gym, you try your best to eat clean, you get enough sleep, but still not where you want to be.

Next to the fact that weight loss takes time, there’s a se­cret that you need to know – wa­ter is your friend!

So, maybe you’re not a fan of just plain wa­ter or you want some­thing to spruce it up a bit. Don’t worry, this is #Dy­nam­icLifestyleap­proved.

Here are five quick tips on how you can add more wa­ter to your diet, and what this means to your goal of be­ing the best ver­sion of your­self. Ready? Let’s go!

1. CARRY A BOT­TLE OF IN­FUSED WA­TER WITH YOU EV­ERY­WHERE

Let’s not fo­cus on fat for a minute, and think about func­tion. Here’s the thing: your body is made up of 70 per cent wa­ter – your brain in­cluded. If your brain doesn’t get enough wa­ter, headaches are gonna be your first tell­tale sign, or it could be that you feel hun­gry. The same re­cep­tors in the brain for hunger are the same for food. To coun­ter­act you turn­ing into a rag­ing mon­ster and eating ev­ery­thing in sight, stave off hunger with some in­fused wa­ter. You can use lime or lemon to add a kick – some peo­ple like to mix their spir­ulina and lemon, it gives a real kick and will help you lose weight faster, as spir­ulina is a su­per­food.

2. SNACK ON WA­TER-RICH FRUITS AND VEG­GIES

It’s the rainy sea­son, so that means there’s an abun­dance of wa­ter-rich fruits and veg­gies avail­able. Al­ways go for fruits that are in sea­son, but for the pur­pose of a lean life­style, eat more veg­gies and less fruits. Here’s how to do it – pre­pare cu­cum­ber, can­taloupe, and wa­ter­melon overnight in a zi­plock bag or lunch bag, by dic­ing them into bite-size snack­able por­tions. Eat these dur­ing the day – they are low in calo­ries and will fill you longer.

3. DRINK ICED WA­TER 3-4 TIMES A DAY

One of the best ways to lose weight is to drink iced wa­ter. Here’s why – iced wa­ter coun­ter­acts the body’s nat­u­ral de­sire to main­tain its 98.6°Fahren­heit (nor­mal body tem­per­a­ture). The ice forces the body to raise your me­tab­o­lism, which in­creases the rate at which fat is burnt with­out you even work­ing a mus­cle.

4. START SMALL, THINK GAL­LON SIZED – DRINK BY HOURS

You work out, you sweat, you get tired. My ad­vice is to walk with a one-gal­lon bot­tle and break it down into – how much you will drink by what time. The truth is, you need at least one gal­lon of wa­ter daily for op­ti­mum wa­ter in­take. Slowly and surely, you’ll drink it all by the end of the day.

5. GET FIZZY WITH IT

My fi­nal tip is that, if you want to sim­u­late the taste of soda with­out the ex­tra calo­ries, try a sparkling al­ter­na­tive. You can make it the old-fash­ioned way. In the past, soda wa­ter was made at home and the bar with a seltzer bot­tle – you can still find vin­tage glass ver­sions of these on eBay and in an­tique shops – they’re of­ten very beau­ti­ful. It’s a sim­ple sys­tem – a soda siphon with an at­tached gas can­is­ter car­bon­ates wa­ter.

That’s it for this week! Hope you can join me for a killer Burn 90 or Spin­ning ses­sion at the new Dy­namic Life­style Train­ing Stu­dio 4 Hill­crest Av­enue, Kingston 6. With next week be­ing fit­ness week, we have spe­cials for you!

Also, make sure you check out the Dy­namic Life­style Boot­camp ev­ery Satur­day 5:30 a.m. Your body will thank you for it! Call: 876-GETTFIT (876-438-8348) for more info.

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