By Amanda Mittleman M.S.
You’re going to be surprised by the simplicity of this answer. Good news too! It won’t cost you a thing. Have you heard of Occam’s Razor? In science, a problem-solving theory is also called the principle of parsimony. It basically states that most often, the most powerful answer to a problem is the simplest option.
We are all born with innate superpowers and what’s cool is that it takes only a few SIMPLE consistent strategies that you turn into systems that will help you fire up your energy and your superpowers every morning.
Here’s a great and very simple strategy and you can start tonight.
While you’re getting ready for bed, fill up a 12-to-20-ounce glass of water and set it on your bedside table.
Tomorrow morning as soon as your feet hit the ground, start drinking this water. Finish all 12 to 20 ounces within 15 minutes of waking up.
Drinking water in the morning is an essential action to start your day off, but most of us don’t even think about drinking water until later in the morning or early afternoon.
Why Drinking Water First Thing In The Morning Will Help You Lose Weight And Feel Energized
- During the 7 to 8 hours, you’ve been asleep (and probably an hour or two before you went to bed) you haven’t had any water to drink. So, we all wake up a bit dehydrated.
- Drinking water first thing in the morning gets your bowels to get moving in a healthy way!
- The more water you drink the more water your body will be willing to let go of any excess water it’s carrying.
- Drinking more water will make your skin look more vibrant, and your face will look plumper, filling in lines and wrinkles.
- The feelings of hunger and thirst can get mixed up and feel the same in our brains. If you’re feeling hungry try drinking an 8 to 10-ounce glass of water and then wait 20 minutes before you eat. If you’re still hungry then you were really hungry. If you’re not so hungry anymore….you were thirsty and the message got crisscrossed. Often you’ll find that you were thirsty. Why waste your calories when you’re not REALLY hungry?
- Routines and systems are the keys to changing your lifestyle.
When we set small goals for ourselves, like drinking 12 to 20 ounces of water in the morning and we achieve them, we get a hit of dopamine that tells us “GOOD JOB!”
It feels good about ourselves and our actions.
Setting a small intention and achieving it is an EXCELLENT way to start your day off with a win!
Setting ourselves up for success is crucial is a long-term lifestyle change. Why?
Because…those who stop celebrating their wins will eventually stop having them.
When leveling up your lifestyle so your lifespan (years you’re alive) is the same length as your healthspan (years of life that you’re healthy and happy and can do what you want to do, when you want to do it) you’ll want to replace old unhealthy habits that have triggered weight gain, bloating, fatigue, and more with systems that trigger weight loss, energy, and better digestion.
Work on one habit at a time.
Feeling a little bit out of your comfort zone for a few days is okay but feeling miserably uncomfortable for more than a few days will backfire on you, most likely leading to quitting.
If you haven’t been drinking water first thing in the morning, start out with 12 ounces of water and work your way up to 20 ounces. Give yourself 30 to 60 days to get better at this.
Set your phone to remind you every night at a specific time around the time you are getting ready to go to bed, to put 12 ounces of water next to your bed. When I started this habit, I set a reminder every night at 8 pm. I may not have been getting into bed at 8 pm, but I’m usually home at 8 pm and beginning to get ready to go to bed.
I made setting my 20-ounce glass of water on my bedside table part of my nighttime routine (a whole other topic) so today, I feel like I’m missing something if I don’t do it.
I suggest putting the water on your bedside table, because leaving it up to chance, or memory to drink your water isn’t going to work. Once you’re awake all kinds of distractions can happen. This is why I encourage my clients and members to create morning and evening routines.
When my feet hit the ground in the morning, I start drinking my water and I finish all of it within the first 10 to 15 minutes of waking up.
Am I perfect at this? Nope! Some days I drink 16 ounces of my water but most days I drink all 20 ounces of water within 15 minutes of waking up…. every day.
It took practice. I’m STILL practicing!
Life is about progress NOT perfection!
AND, medical science is AMAZE-BALLS BUT no amount of AMAZING science will ever be able to undo years of damage created by overly sedentary lifestyles, eating a diet of processed foods, drowning our livers in alcohol and drugs (which are primarily bandages for our dysfunctional lifestyles).
In our culture today, you are going to have to make a focused effort to live a healthy, vibrant life. So start small and keep building one new healthspan habit at a time.
If you’re ready to gain back your energy, confidence, health, and vibrance contact us anytime for a complimentary strategy session to review where you’re starting, your goals, and any obstacles in the way.