Here is some advice I originally received from a healthy fitness fanatic friend. It’s really simple and will help you slim down. Are you ready for it? It’s not really hard and complex.
I wrote this around 2011 and just updated it! This is still very valid, I’m in my late 30’s, with 2 kids and the slimmest/fittest in my family tree including cousins.
First thing in the morning, drink a glass of Ice/Chilled water. That’s it. Or perhaps a bit more. Repeat this every day.
Why? Because it makes your inner body cold. Then your body burns energy to make it warm again. Drinking water in the morning will instantly hydrate you and improve blood circulation. Actually, there are different opinions on how helpful this is for removing toxins from your body. But this matter is discussed enough that I assume it is at least worth mentioning water consumption. Who does not want to appear better looking and in good health, right?
Throughout the day, drink cold water. Cold water converts fats to energy which assist in keeping you slim. Calories are burned when your body has to heat up the water to average body temperature. Your metabolism is increased by drinking cold water. Cold water is not only a good thirst quencher, but also a cool down aid, especially if you live in hot places or just normally perspire a lot. It’s best to drink some cold water when you feel all heated up and dehydrated after a heavy workout or an intense cardio session. It instantly helps bring down your body temperature.
An alternative for those ‘hoooked on soft drinks’ is simply carbonated or sparkling water. This is common in many parts of Europe. My dad was, for most of his life drinking all kinds of things but water! For him when he got into sparkling water it was a game-changer.
UPDATE: 2019 I spent many years living in China. They may have a heart attack reading this. In TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, they preach drinking warm water. Even hot water. I believe the thinking here is conservation. To conserve energy and health. I now drink both warm and cold water. In winter or when kids have the flu, try: Slices of Ginger & Lemon with boiling water. After it cools down, add RAW honey. Raw is by far the best and if you put it in very hot water, it won’t be raw anymore, so let it cool down. Raw honey has loads of good stuff in it. In fact, I’ll often give kids a spoon with just a little honey to suck!
Now, this water drinking needs to become a habit. To help make it a habit here is an article I wrote on 21 Day Theory. Give it a try and see if it changes your work lifestyle, made you slim down and overall health. It may create a difference for you as it did for me. Let me know how good you feel!
Now since fristly writing this, I’ve been trained under John Grinder, Creator of NLP and Tony Robbins, who was actually a student in John’s training back in the day. I look forward to training and continuing coaching others in using more NLP and ‘mindset’ techniques to rapidly improve their health (mind and body)! Feel free to connect for more and the latest!