1– Use Something Nice – Pick a bottle or nice cup to keep your water in. Be honest, you are more likely to drink from a pretty bottle as opposed to a generic plastic bottle. So find something you like!
2– Once empty, refill – Keep the bottle with you wherever you go. Once it is empty, fill it right back up and keep drinking. Every time it is empty, refill.
3– Before and After – Drink a full cup of water before and after (or with) each meal. Like we said, drinking before a meal can help you get fuller faster, making it less likely that you will overeat.
4– Prepare – Every night before bed fill up two large bottles equaling 2-3 liters with water. The next day you can make it your goal to finish them by the end of the day. This tip is great for those who are home most of the day, since dragging around these bottles is not so convenient.
5-Keep track – For those of you on the go — take two bottles that hold 4 cups of water each. With a permanent marker, mark where each cup ends and the time of day that you need to finish that amount of water by. You can also use just one bottle and label both sides. When the first 4 cups are done refill and start over. This is great when starting out since it is a smaller amount, but you are still getting in more water than before.
6– Use a Straw – Drink with a straw! Straws are fun and many people find drinking with one easier.
7– Count to 10. Start drinking the water and count till 10. This will help you get more in each time you take a drink. Sips of water will not get you anywhere.
With the fast coming up it is even more important than usual to stay hydrated. You may be used to quickly drinking a couple of cups of water just as it is about to start, but this will not make much of a difference as it will flush right through you. These tips are sure to help hydrate you well before. You will likely have an easier fast, and see some health benefits as well. Let us know how it goes!