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1.1 Water

Week 1 – Water Awareness


All right, so let’s talk about your water intake. People ask me all the time, like how much water should I be drinking? What counts as water? And so, I’m going to answer all of those questions right now.

Now, the first thing that I want to dispel is the myth that you’re supposed to be drinking eight glasses of water, or eight, eight ounce glasses of water. I don’t know where that number came from. I don’t think anyone really knows where that number came from. And it really doesn’t make a lot of sense that someone who is a woman who’s like a hundred pounds would need the same water requirements as like a 250 pound man, right?

So, one of the general rules of thumb that we’re going to make is, well, so there are a couple of different things. One is, if you go online and you search water requirements, you will find a calculation that you want to take your body weight, divide that in half and that would be the number of ounces of water that you would need to drink.

So, for example, for a 150 pound woman, half of 150 pounds is 75. So, your goal would be somewhere around 75 ounces of water per day.

Now, here’s what I am going to suggest everyone in this group is at a different level. Some of you are loving water, it’s just easy for you, and this habit is going to be a piece of cake. For others, it’s not going to be a piece of cake, and this is going to be the same repetitive theme that we’re going to have throughout the whole program.

And so, what I want you to do is I want you to start just through looking at where you are right now. And then, eventually, we’re going to get to a point where we start adding to it, okay?

So, for the first week, all you’re going to do is you’re just going to start noticing, writing down how much water you’re currently drinking. So, find a glass and just fill it up throughout the day and see how many glasses you’re having, or if you have a water bottle, totally fine. I don’t care what method you use, and I don’t even really care about the number of ounces yet, okay?

What we want to do is I want you to track, just notice how much water you’re drinking. Just by noticing, you’re automatically going to increase the amount of water that you’re adding to your diet, all right?

Now, the other thing I want you to notice, and you’ll see this in the eight basic habits of that healthy people do, is we want to look at the color of your urine, okay. Not at the first part of the day, but later on as the day goes on.

So, as the day goes on, as you’re hydrating more, you’re going to notice that your urine becomes more and more pale color and that’s totally fine. We don’t necessarily want it to be clear, we want it to be a pale yellow when you’re going to the bathroom in the toilet.

So, take a look at that and just notice how pale is my urine. If it’s a pale yellow, you’re doing great. If it’s a little bit more concentrated, then you probably want to add a little bit more water to your diet.

Now, there is a caveat to that, and that is if you take a multivitamin, riboflavin will typically color your urine, like an orange color.

So again, we just want it to be a little bit translucent in color, all right?

So, what else do I need to tell you? Oh okay, so everything contributes to your water content. Bread has water, vitamin, or I’m sorry, vegetables have water. We want to have more water in your diet because water is going to be one of the things that your stomach tells your brain that you are satisfied, okay.

So, what I mean by that is when we’re talking about satisfaction of meals, one of the things that sends a signal from your stomach to your brain that you’ve had enough is the weight of food in your stomach. And so, we’re going to be talking about that again, when we get into the vegetable section. But for right now, we want to drink water to create more weight in your stomach so that you’re not feeling hungry, okay.

And in the next video, when we talk about the body scan, I’m going to talk about the difference between knowing what true hunger is, knowing what thirst is, and understanding the difference between emotional hunger. So, we’re going to really start getting into being able to distinguish, why am I eating? What’s going on here? Am I thirsty? Am I hungry? Am I needing something because I’m you know, emotional?

But anyway, you don’t want to get ahead of myself. So, just be aware that we’re starting off with just simply tracking the amount of water that we’re having and then noticing how that water comes out per se in our urine. So, how light colored our urine is, all right?

So, that’s it for water.

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