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How Much Water Should I Drink to Lose Weight? Find the Answer Here

How Much Water Should I Drink to Lose Weight? Find the Answer Here

Many people question ‘how much water should I drink to lose weight?’ and the answer is simple, yet it is backed by complexities correlated with human physiology, and that of many living organisms on Earth – some having up to 90% of their body weight comprised of water.

In this article, we’ll examine how much water you should drink to lose weight and water’s effectiveness on overall mental and physical health. I preface this article with

  • a) You will also need to apply an exercise regimen in order to expedite your weight loss results.
  • b) I think you should drink ‘finely’ filtered water or spring water to reap the most weight loss benefits – we’ll examine.

Human Body on Water

Everything is made of atoms. An atom is defined as the smallest particle of an element like oxygen or hydrogen. Atoms join together to form molecules. A water molecule has three atoms: two hydrogen (H) atoms and one oxygen (O) atom (“H2O”). One drop of water contains billions of water molecules. These water molecules are prevalent throughout our bodies as well, being that up to 60% of the human adult body is in essence water.

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the human brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and lungs about 83% water. These are staggering figures when truly put into perspective; if you deprive yourself of water, not only are you not losing weight but you are depriving your vital organs, brain and heart.

I don’t know about you, but personally I like to move about this Earth with a fully ‘fueled’ brain and heart!

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Muscle Composition, Water and Weight loss

We examined water’s impact on the brain and heart, now consider that the human skin contains 64% water while muscles and kidneys are made up of 79%; even bones are watery at about 31%. Considering the muscles specifically in this, you can deduce that their water composition is of the utmost importance when wanting to lose weight.

Generally speaking, you will not only lose weight when optimally drinking water throughout the day but you’ll also build and regenerate muscle faster! Per pound of lean muscle, the average human will lose 50cal (calories) per day at maintenance – meaning with little to no activity. Of course, with no activity for too long of a period of time, that muscle won’t last, but that’s for a different article!

Anyways, let’s just say that more muscle means more calories you’ll burn per day, and that’s just more weight loss.

Water Quality and Cognitive Function

The quality of your water is a big factor in fueling your heart, organs and muscles with premium fuel. It also has a huge impact on cognitive function and your ability to build neural pathways, regenerate tissue and more – most of which occurs in the deep sleep (REM) state.

In order to lose weight and perform at your peak levels of brain function, I suggest consuming filtered water such as reverse osmosis water, natural spring water or, one I’ve been enjoying lately, Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, which is direct from Iceland’s legendary 5,000 year old Ölfus Spring – then filtered through lava rock and balances at pH 8.4.

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I’ve actually had some water filtration sales people come to my home and pitch me on a $10,000 diamond and rock filtration system that is connected to my house! I declined having simply done some math on the cost of purchasing balanced water vs installation of the system. Plus, moving the system would have been a pain – but that’s beside the point.

Now you may be thinking, pfft look at this guy, this water snob! Please don’t get me wrong, I hear ya. But when we consider the importance of waters role in the overall function of the human mind and body, it’s undeniable that being a ‘water snob’ ain’t such a bad idea!

You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg for water, but I do suggest finding a local source of natural spring water and to avoid tap water, and even avoid filtering tap water with those water jugs. The issue I’ve found with those water jugs when running pH tests and more, is that they don’t filter entirely as they claim. Their filtration deteriorates over time which causes inconsistencies in the quality of your water consumption.

Water for Weight Loss

Since we’ve established that water quality plays a factor in weight loss, let’s now get into the straight goods: how much water should you drink to lose weight? This varies person to person, but let me start by saying that my intake as a 6ft 2 adult male 200lbs/90.7kg ranges between 3L – 5L per day. It depends on your height and weight as per my example, and also on activity level – which is why I prefaced this article by saying exercise is key and it doesn’t need to be much.

Exercise and weight loss are fundamentally hand in hand but that doesn’t mean you need to go deadlifting or squatting huge weight – you can take more walks throughout the day, hike or ride a bike; anything which makes you move consistently. In fact, in a recent youtube video I examined the question ‘how much cardio should I do to lose weight’:

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To coincide with your added levels of activity, you should aim to consume between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. In my example I weight 200lbs, which would make my quality water intake goal to land between 100-200 ounces (2.95L – 6L) of water based on activity levels of the day.

Generally speaking, you will be drinking water throughout the day and keeping a water bottle near-by. Personally I like to use a large jug or large bottled water. And, let me give you the heads-up that you will pee often!

Intermittent Fasting and Water Consumption

I’ve established somewhat of a following around intermittent fasting, time restricted eating and maintaining a metabolic state known as ketosis. I’m not going to get too far into these things on this article because they are not entirely related to the primary topic of how much water one should drink. But I will add that applying intermittent fasting for weight loss will exponentially improve your results.[1] You may just want to apply it more long term than initially thought.

I personally intermittent fast or time restrict my eating at least 3-4 days of the week for many benefits that I’m sure we’ll discuss on future articles to come.

Closing Arguments

At this point, it should be overwhelmingly clear that drinking quality water consistently throughout the day is a no brainer!

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But, in case you’re not sold, let me just say that when you improve your water intake, the results are so rapid you’ll be shedding weight within the first day and seeing significant results by week 1.

So much so that you will be excited to keep getting those weight loss results and continue to become a water snob as time goes on. Good luck!

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie, can you help me fix my fear?”

Why is this so critically important to you?

The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life, it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share with you 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

Right now around the world, people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear, like so many other emotions, can mean so many different things to so many different people:

  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
  • The man facing the judge.
  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr. Smith.”
  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car, or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

2. Accept Your Fear

Firstly, if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However, it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

And here’s what can be done.

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3. Get Some Perspective

I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

  • Are you really at risk?
  • Will this kill you?
  • Which leads us on to..
  • If the worst was to happen, what would it be?

4. Hold a Hand

As a coach, it is my job to hold someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

Like the child petrified of the thunder storm, or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

Ask yourself:

  • If the worst were to happen, what would that be?
  • Could that really happen?
  • If the worst did happen, how would you recover?
  • If the worst were to happen, what would you need to do next?

By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through its wily evil ways and move forward.

5. Know Whose Hand You Hold, Either Physically or Emotionally

This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right, I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people, we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

Not everyone was looking for greatness, however, they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in World War II. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards, how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind, he was free.

Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music, hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded me that nothing stays the same and I can find a way.

One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

Did that moment fix the disaster that my client’s life felt? No. However, it gave them a moment of calm, and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

It may feel like madness to do something you love, however, it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

8. Assume the Worst

If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed? Think about what age it may have made them feel?Think about how they feel about champagne? What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now

If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head, convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

11. Go with Fear

When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past, that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before, I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

And in that client’s words, “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

13. Own Your Fear

Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article, you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right! I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

You can’t help but feel good when you see that, can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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