We've all heard that we should drink more water for good health and that we should drink water to lose weight, yet we often grab sodas or sports drinks because they taste better. Wouldn't it be great if we could crave water the same way we crave sweetened beverages? Well, you can with a few simple tricks. Try one of these techniques to reduce your cravings for unhealthy food and for sugary beverages.
How to Flavor Water to Reduce Snack Cravings
- Add frozen berries. Skip the ice cubes and add frozen berries instead. Frozen blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries keep your water cold and add flavor and color to your drink. Berry flavored water will help to reduce your cravings for sweet treats.
- Add cucumber. If you prefer a flavor that is less sweet, my favorite addition is cucumber. Add just a few slices to your glass and the subtle flavor gives your water a fresh, spa-like taste. If you have more time, fill a pitcher with a handful of cucumber slices and let it sit in your refrigerator. The cool flavor will help you skip the urge to drink a cold soda.
- Add citrus. Lemons and limes make water look more sophisticated and add a hint of flavor, but don't forget about other citrus fruits! Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and mandarins also taste great. Keep a bowl of fruit slices in your refrigerator to mix and match throughout the day. My favorite combination is orange basil. Sounds like an odd combination but this delicious water kills the cravings for salty savory foods.
- Mint cubes. Make mint ice cubes by throwing a small sprig of spearmint, peppermint, or lemon mint into the ice cube tray, then add water and freeze. You can also do this with your favorite herb, like rosemary or basil. This technique is best for people who don't like sweetened beverages but still prefer some flavor. And for many people, the taste of mint reduces to urge to snack.
- Juice cubes. Kids will love this trick, and if you are trying to avoid the calories in juice drinks, you will too. Grab your favorite juice and freeze it into cubes. Lemonade works well too. You'll get some of the flavor from the juice but far fewer calories. You can blend flavors too. Throw colorful cubes of orange juice and lemonade into a tall glass of water and enjoy.
Drink More Water to Lose Weight
When you start to drink more water, you'll find that you drink less soda, less coffee, and fewer high calorie drinks. You'll enjoy three significant benefits.
- Swapping water for soda helps to decrease your daily caloric intake
- Drinking more water helps you to feel full throughout the day so you snack less
- Drinking water trains your taste buds to enjoy the subtle tastes of whole foods that are less processed and lower in calories
And while you might drink water to lose weight, you'll find that it's good for your wallet as well. Have you ever thought about the annual cost of your soda habit? For many people, it is substantial. A single diet soda during the day may not seem expensive, but over the course of a year, it adds up to hundreds of dollars.
How Much Water is Enough?
You should consume enough water so that you are not thirsty throughout the day. But to get an exact amount, use this handy hydration calculator to get your number. It takes a variety of factors into account so that you know you are getting enough water to lose weight and improve your health.