Article Last Updated: December 2020
Simple Ways To Avoid Failure With The 30 Day Water Challenge For Weight Loss
Before we start, here are the rules of the 30 day water challenge for weight loss. I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that they are very simple:
- Drink 1 gallon or 3.7 liters of water every day for 30 days.
- You are not allowed to drink sweetened beverages or any alcohol.
How To Start The 30 Day Water Challenge For Weight Loss?
If you are really serious about embarking on the 30 day water challenge there are many things to consider.
More questions might arise during the process but let’s take a step by step view of what needs to happen and answer questions as we go.
First, the most important way to succeed with the 30 day water challenge for weight loss is to make a water drinking plan.
1. Create a 30 Day Water Diet Drinking Plan
This is especially important if you are not drinking much water at the start of the ’30 day water challenge for weight loss’.
Not drinking much water at the start will mean that this challenge is that much harder for you and you’ll need to work twice as hard to achieve success.
You will need to find ways to consciously add water to your routine so that you are able to reach 1 gallon.
It might be that you drink a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up or drink an extra glass of water after you brush your teeth.
However you do it, you need to plan ahead or else it just won’t happen. The key to success is to create a water drinking plan that fits into your existing lifestyle and routine.
This means that you don’t have to rely on will power to keep you on track. You can even be creative and make the week day plan different from the weekend depending on what is in your diary.
The good news is that once you establish the water drinking habit then it will become normal for you. Doing this means your body will naturally start to crave more water and you’ll no longer have to “force” yourself to do it.
The most important thing is to make sure you don’t drink all the water at once! Water poisoning is a real thing and in extreme circumstances, drinking too much water could kill you.
So make sure you spread out your water quota through out the day. When drinking water remember that if it hurts to continue drinking, stop.
But a carefully designed water drinking plan will avoid too much water intake in one go.
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2. Swap All Beverages That You Normally Drink With Water.
The rules of the challenge state that you should not drink any sweetened tea or coffee at all. This technically means that you can drink them if they are sugar free but since the objective behind this is weight-loss, it’s best to stick to water.
That’s not all.
Apart from weight-loss, only drinking water will take you one step closer to a healthier lifestyle.
It could cut your dependency on stimulants like coffee or sugar filled juices, which can only be a good thing for your health.
If this is too difficult then you can take the “less bad option.” In this option, you drink all the beverages you like and have them count towards your daily water allowance.
However, whatever you do, do not take the sweetened version and do not drink alcohol.
Here’s the deal.
The following table is a brief outline of what ispermissible if you don’t want to fully give up all your favourite beverages:
|DRINK TYPE||ALLOWED||NOT ALLOWED|
|Coffee||Yes if unsweetened||Sweetened coffee is NOT allowed|
|Juices||NOT allowed||NOT allowed|
|Tea||Yes if unsweetened||Sweetened tea NOT allowed|
|Milk||Yes if unsweetened||Sweetened milk is NOT allowed|
|Soda / Fizzy Drink / Pop / Soft Drink||NOT allowed||Sweetened sodas are NOT allowed|
Although soda is not allowed, you can drink unsweetened sparkling water. Sparkling water is OK so long as you don’t add any kind of sweetener to it.
How can you actually do this?
Perhaps try adding a slice of fruit to make it interesting? You could try a slice of lemon, orange, some mint leaf or even a slice of ginger? This is all permissible so long as you don’t drink any kind of soda beverage.
Read: 4 Delicious Fruit Infused Water Recipes That Only Take 2 Minutes
3. Remember That Alcohol Does Not Count as Water
The other side of this is of course how to remove all alcohol from your diet.
You need to plan what to do when you go to the bar with friends and have to explain your sudden sobriety.
This is very difficult to achieve if you are planning to just wing it.
It is best to have thought about this before hand.
Make a plan of action.
If you don’t, your friends could persuade you to have a drink. The environment might be too tempting.
4. Remember that Tea / Coffee / Food Does Not Count As Water
The short answer is no. The objective of the challenge is to get 1 gallon of additional water into your diet. The long answer is that many fruits and vegetables contain water (some as much as 80%) and of course this also applies to tea and coffee.
But there’s a catch.
The problem with using “alternatives” to supplement your water intake is that it is very hard to measure how much additional water you’re drinking.
Especially in the case of fruits and vegetables because lots of healthy foods are over 80% – 90% water.
Also, trying to be clever in this way defeats the purpose of going on this diet in the first place. The idea is to get more water into your diet.
Specifically, plain old boring water as it has been shown to have so many weight-loss benefits.Hence why the emphasis is on water otherwise the diet would have been about simply getting more liquid or hydration.
The Results of 30 Day Water Challenge For Weight Loss?
Why does 30 day water challenge for weight loss work?
Well, study after study shows that adding more water to your diet helps you to lose weight.
This works especially well because water acts as a hunger suppressor, which means that you will end up eating less.
The idea is simple: you only have finite space in your stomach so filling it up with water will make less space for food.
Water is also very good at preventing your body from storing fat.
It helps your system release toxins and helps to keep your organs hydrated. This means they work more efficiently.
Even if by some bizarre reason you don’t end up loosing any weight, the 30 day water challenge will make you healthier.
A good rate of water consumption has so many health benefits (many of which are mentioned in my article what happens if you drink too much water?) that you can’t help but see improvements.
People who have taken part in this study have reported seeing positive changes like better skin, improved digestion, increased energy levels and not to mention weight-loss.