||[Jan. 8th, 2009|02:54 pm]
I was reading recently that hydration has a major impact on metabolism and weight-loss. That even 1% of dehydration can seriously slow metabolism... which is bad news, because as a 30 year old my metabolism is already on the slow-down. While I think that any reasonable person would understand this, I am not so sure that people would find as stark an example as I have.
Usually I can be counted on to drink 4-6 12 ounce cans of diet soda every day. That, and the moisture in my food, being my sole source of hydration. Recently I decided to try to introduce more water into my daily routine. I bought a new, BPA free Nalgene bottle (oohh, la, la! How trendy!) and decided to drink at least one bottle of water a day. This started on Monday.
Since then (as of this morning) I have lost 5.5 pounds. I am assuming that all of that weight was water that my body was storing because it was in "drought" mode. Of course, I have to ask myself if more water will equal more weight loss?
Unlike many people, who are able to make healthy decisions in their lives for the sake of being healthy, I need results to make me accept or adhere to changes. This was a nice change: people said water was good for you, I drank water, and good things happened. Results that are immediate are nice. Things that take time are not.
I have been reading up on the science of staring new habits, and have been discouraged by the fact that it takes some time for a behavior to become a habit. I am hoping to find a few more things like the water trick to help me fall into good habits, with at least some sort of immediate result in the beginning.
I know I am unreasonable, but of all the things I don't think I can change about myself, this may be the biggest one.