Did you know? The average person could live without food for almost a month, but cannot survive more than a week without water. This just goes to prove how vital water is in our daily diet. In fact, by the time you feel thirsty, your body has lost more than 1 percent of its total water.
So, if you were wondering why we put such emphasis on drinking water while following the Cambridge Weight Plan (CWP), the biggest reason is it is essential for your basic survival.
Another big reason is our bodies comprise nearly two-thirds water, so we need to consume enough fluid to remain hydrated and healthy. If we don’t get enough fluid we will feel tired, get headaches and not perform at your best.
Living in South Africa’s hot climate makes it even more vital that we rehydrate with water on a regular basis. Get into the habit of carrying a bottle of water with you, where ever you go.
Your CWP Consultant will recommend you glug down at least 2.25 litres of water per day, which equals at least 8 to 9 glasses. This helps to maintain blood volume. It also prevents dehydration, especially since you may not be getting as much water from food as you might have previously while following the CWP meal replacement plan.
Water helps the body in 5 different ways:
- It transports nutrients and oxygen around your body
- It flushes out waste products
- It assists with controlling your body’s temperature
- It aids the function of your digestive system
- It keeps your skin healthy and hydrated
If you haven’t made a habit out of drinking water every day, it can be quite tough to incorporate into your daily routine.
Here are some good tips to help you drink water more regularly:
- Wake up to water – Drink two glasses of water in the morning, it wakes up your organs
- Keep a bottle in your bag – Don’t leave your house without a bottle of water, refill it when it’s empty and don’t leave it in your baking hot car
- Water before meals – Drink one glass of water 30 minutes before you eat a meal as it aids digestion and you’ll eat less as it makes you feel fuller
- When hungry drink – If you feel a hunger pang between meals, drink a glass of cold water first as you may just be dehydrated as thirst can be mistaken for hunger
- Drink before snacking – Again, the water will fill you up and you’ll end up snacking less, helping keep calories in check
- Workout with water – Hydrating with water pre, during and post workout helps with endurance and energy levels, ensuring you get through your exercises as well as replacing the water you lose when you work up a sweat.
Ask your Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant about our delicious water flavourants – before you know it, you will become a big water drinker, for life.
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