The First Step to Losing Weight

Losing weight is never an easy thing to do. It could  be because one may lead a hectic lifestyle and don't have time to plan healthy meals, or because  having a family to support that going on diet and having an exercise routine can be a pretty hard or  costly thing to do. Whichever the reason may be, one should not lose focus on achieving a healthier lifestyle. So what can we do to begin a health conscious journey? The answer is in your drink.

The greatest advice I have ever received as I was beginning to watch my weight and become a health conscious freak was,  "Don't drink your calories." Replacing caloric beverages with water should be the first and most important step to not only losing weight, but overall health. I never imagined how many calories a cup of milk or orange juice has until I paid attention to the nutrition label; reading nutrition labels religiously is a great habit to form. I thought those drinks were so healthy for you, so I used to drink more than just a cup several times a day. Nope, wrong. I ate meals worth. Personally, saving daily calories for food instead was the best thing I could have done for my body. I lost 6 lbs in two weeks from drinking solely water and non-caloric beverages. Since taking this initial step, I feel my body stays hydrated throughout the day and since then, saw my skin clear from breakouts and blemishes; of course all this while keeping a balanced diet.   

But drinking so much water can get pretty boring, so spritzing a little bit of lemon and Stevia (a natural sweetener) to change it up once in a while helps me stay on track and get some Vitamin C while I am at it. Drinking tea and coffee without sugar or cream are okay too.  Also, obtaining a large water bottle in sight helps me constantly drink water throughout the day. 

"Don't drink your calories"

I live this advice everyday and have seen many great effects come from it. Try it for two weeks and see what happens.

-Adriana Nohely, Wellness Consultant at Greeley Wellness Center