Diet - Water, Water, Water.
The importance of drinking enough water throughout the course of your diet, and after while maintaining your weight cannot be stressed enough. Water is crucial for many reasons, most importantly the fact that it works as a solvent, to dilute any bad materials building in your body and stop them from causing future harm. For the same reason you would monitor your salt intake, you should also monitor how much water your drinking to be able to counteract the salt and stop it from reaching a level of toxicity. If you don’t keep your water level up during your dieting and exercise, you will face the chance of dehydration which could end up being a very serious complication.
Most experts will tell you to drink 8 total 8oz glasses of water every day (basically 2 liters) to maintain the proper level of water in your body. Unless you are adding a lot of exercise to your diet there isn’t any need to drink more than this amount, as you also wouldn’t want to go to the other extreme of drinking too much water too fast. A condition of hyponatremia may arise from this which could even lead to death, so spread out the water you drink throughout the day. It is best to drink water during or before a meal, instead of after. As you see the habit or routine you can get into is very simple if you ate 4 small meals a day for example, try to drink 8oz in between the meals and 8oz during the meals.
Do not let yourself fall into the misconception that by drinking too much water in your diet will cause you to keep a bloated look around your midsection. This is completely false and actually entirely opposite the truth. Since water flushes out your body it actually works in your favor to help your stomach achieve a flatter appearance. If you don’t drink 2 liters a day and you seem to have that bloated feel or look, once you add the correct amount of water to the diet you might see that suddenly start to go away. Water is very cheap and always available so it’s the easiest tool to use your advantage, no reason not to stick to it all the time. To be able to stay away from soft drinks and alcohol, or even some fruit juices that are high in sugar, and instead grab a glass of water, will definitely prove to be one of the hardest parts of your diet. It is also just about the most important, as those other drinks are way more lethal to your chance of being healthy than you may even imagine.