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Tips and Tricks to Increase Your Daily Water Intake

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Did you know that water makes up 60% of your body weight? It’s your body’s main component and every single one of your systems depend on it. From flushing toxins to carrying nutrients, without water we simply couldn’t survive. Your weight loss results with ORBERA® can greatly suffer if you don’t consume enough water each day. Weight loss and water go hand-in-hand, so it’s very important that you drink enough of it.

How Much Water?

You may be familiar with the age old rule that you should drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water every day. Although close, that amount still isn’t enough. The Institute of Medicine determined that the average living adult requires:
  • 101 oz. for men
  • 74 oz. for women
Water is constantly replacing fluids, from urination to sweat, which is why it’s very important to make sure that you are consuming enough water regularly. Especially when you are exercising and sweating. For every 30-60 minutes of exercise you should aim to drink an additional 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water.1 Drinking enough water everyday can be very beneficial to your results during the ORBERA® weight loss program and the rest of your life.

Mix It Up

After the first few glasses of water it might feel more and more difficult to drink. When you flavor your water with natural ingredients, you can not only make it more flavorful and easy to drink, but you can indulge in some added nutrients too! The combinations for fruit-infused water you can try during your ORBERA® weight loss journey are endless.
  1. Lime and Basil Berry
Mix basil and a sliced lime into a pitcher of water with your favorite berry. You could choose from strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or a combination of your favorites! Allow the mixture to chill for an hour and serve.
  1. Spa Water
Why not experience the spa-like feeling of being rejuvenated and refreshed, but instead at home and on the go! Slice half a lemon and half a cucumber, mix into a pitcher of water and chill. Serve over ice and enjoy!
  1. Tropical Treat
Chop up some mango and pineapple and put them in your water bottle before you head out the door. Refill with more water throughout the day and enjoy a delicious tropical treat!
  1. Tea Time
Brew your favorite loose leaf or bag tea, steep accordingly and refrigerate. Once chilled, serve over ice and enjoy! If your iced tea needs a little sweetener, try adding a medley of freshly sliced fruit.2

Track It

It’s time to meet your water consumption goals. A great way of making sure that you are reaching your water quota for the day is by tracking it. If you have a larger water bottle or jug, you can use a permanent marker to indicate the amount of water inside. If you measure your water before you pour it into the bottle, you will know exactly how much is inside. For every 10, 15 or 20 oz. draw a line (like a ruler or measuring tape) indicating so. By doing this you will be able to accurately track how much water you have consumed so far. For motivation, you could try setting goals for yourself throughout the day. For example, you could aim to drink 20 to 30 oz. by lunchtime. Looking for a weight loss solution that works and is long-lasting? Find an ORBERA® specialist in your area to get started. How much water will you drink today?  
  1. “Nutrition and Healthy Eating | MayoClinic” [Online]. Available: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?pg=2. [Accessed: August-29-2016].

  2. “20 Tips to Make Drinking Water Taste Better | Shape” [Online]. Available: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/20-tips-make-drinking-water-taste-better. [Accessed: August-29-2016].

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