Have you ever heard of these water recipes that promise a flat belly if you drink them? There are lemon varieties, cucumber, mint, cayenne, and more. It is true if you add some special ingredients to water, you can get a flat belly. My flat belly water recipe is not made with any fruit, spices, or herbs though.
Here is my Flat Belly Water Recipe:
20 Push Ups
1 minute plank
16 oz. of Water
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You don’t have to put lemons in your water to lose weight and shed fat. It might make the water taste good, but drinking plain old water is good enough.
Here is some guidelines of how much to drink:
Men: 13 cups per day plus an additional cup for every 25 pounds you need to lose.
So, for an overweight dad weighing in at 225 pounds looking like he is pregnant who wants to get to 175 pounds, that would look like this:
13 cups + 2 cups (for the 50-pound loss) = 15 cups per day.
15 cups = 120 fluid oz.
That breaks down to a little over 7 bottles of water from a standard 16.9 oz bottle of water sold commercially here in the U.S.
If you carry your own water bottle, most are in the range of 16 to 24 oz. Do the math and you’ll find that you will need about 5 or 6 refills on your water bottle to get those ounces in.
Women: 9 cups per day plus an additional cup for every 25 pounds you need to lose.
For the mom trying to shed some fat and tone up by dropping around 25 pounds, that looks like this:
9 cups + 1 (to lose 25 pounds) = 10 cups
10 cups = 80 oz.
Again, divide your the size of your water bottle by the amount of water you need.
If you have a 16 oz. water bottle, you would need to fill it 5 times to reach 80 oz.
Something to keep in mind: These calculations are estimates. There are other things that may affect how much water you need, including, but not limited to the following:
Hot and humid climates
Long exercise sessions
It is also important to realize that water consumption should be spread throughout the day to keep the body hydrated.
Getting 15 cups of water per day might sound like a lot, but look at it this way:
Wake up: Drink a pint of water (16 oz.)
Breakfast: Have a glass before eating (12 oz.)
Snack: Have a glass before eating (12 oz.)
Lunch: Have a glass before eating (12 oz.)
Snack/pre-workout: Drink a bottle of water (16 oz.)
During workout: Sip water (8 oz.)
After workout: (16 oz.)
Dinner: Have one cup before eating (12 oz.)
Total = 104 oz.
Shoot! We are still shy of that 120 oz!
Consider that we get water from other resources too. Look at these foods and their water contents:
Also consider the amount of fluid you consume with coffee and protein shakes. Those count too.
Getting enough water is not all that difficult of a task. Just be conscious of it, and maybe even track it for a few days to see where you end up.
Lemons are completely optional.
Sources for this article:
- Clark, Micheal, Scott Lucett, and Brian G. Sutton. NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012. Print.
- Bastin, Sandra. “Water Content of Fruits and Vegetables.” Environmental and Natural Resource Issues 129 (1997): n. pag. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.
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