Are you really hungry? Or just thirsty?

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

I was telling a friend how drinking more water (or non-sugary drinks) really helped curb my appetite. I was trying to politely suggest that she try drinking a glass of water before automatically assuming that she was hungry. Well, she nearly took my head off and assured me she knew her body and that she was absolutely not thirsty, but hungry.  (Note: lesson learned, fellas – don’t ever question a #fitwoman about her appetite. Lol)

Anyway, I do have a point. There have been quite a few times where I reached for something to eat instead of just grabbing some water or tea and I ended up overeating. I wasn’t really hungry – I was just dehydrated and thirsty. Next time you’re feeling hungry, first make sure you’re not thirsty. And if you stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water, then you can avoid being confused between feeling “thirsty” vs feeling “hungry.”

CHALLENGE: try to drink about 10-11 cups of water or liquids (that are non-sugary, caffeine heavy beverages). Of course, you can always use fresh fruit and mint to help make drinking water more enjoyable.

Oh, and here’s a bedtime  TIP I have used for muscle-building: drink a glass of water before bed. When you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, have an isolate whey protein shake ready in the fridge. Drink it and go back to sleep.   This will help you to continue to feed that hard-earned muscle so that you can recover and grow throughout the night. (And yes, you can also just drink casein protein before going to bed but I personally enjoy this method.) Boom.