Fun Water Facts

Fun facts about water:
Water is a very important part of our digestive system. If you want to lose weight and keep those meals and snacks moving, drink up! Think about this: It takes about 1 gallon of water to process a quarter pound of hamburger!

Although a person can live without food for more than a month, a person can only live without water for approximately one week.

It takes 2 gallons to brush your teeth, 2-7 gallons to flush a toilet, and 25-50 gallons to take a shower.

The average single-family home uses 80 gallons of water per person each day in the winter and 120 gallons in the summer. Showering, bathing and using the toilet account for about 2/3 of the average family’s water usage.

The average person needs 2 quarts of water a day in addition to the water they obtain through the foods they eat. The more active the person is, the more water they need.

The total amount of water in the body of an average adult is 37 liters.
Human brains are 75% water.
Human bones are 25% water
Human blood is 83% water.
75% of a chicken is water
80% of a pineapple is water
95% of a tomato is water
70% of an elephant is water.
Water leaves the stomach 5 minutes after consumption

Water Finds

Have to include some interesting water finds:Fluids can do wonders to your waistline: A recent study found that after men & women drank 17 oz of water, their metabolic rates increased by 30% within 10 minutes & peaked about 40 minutes later.  Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day has a lot of benefits.  It helps keep you satiated (often what we interpret as hunger is really thirst).  It flushes the waste products your body churns out when processing protein or breaking down fat.  And it transports nutrients to your muscles to keep your metabolism clicking.  Otherwise, the best drinks you can have are low-fat milk & green tea.  (Please, no more than 2 glasses of diet soda a day if you must)

Butternut squash fries

Butternut squash fries  I just sliced it up & put the slices on a cookie sheet & sprayed them with a little Pam & a dash of salt & baked them for 15-20 minutes in a 450 degree oven. They were SO good & the entire squash is only about 150 calories, so they’re not dangerous either!  What a great substitute for something I can never seem to get enough of!! Yum!  They also taste good with some steak seasoning or garlic pepper.

Monday, November 27 – Sunday December 3, 2006 Challenge

Nutritional challenge for the week:  Along with drinking your water each day, try to eat 7 to 10 servings of fruits & vegetables everyday.   More water tidbits: “Water is the biggest influence of calorie density, so when you eat fruits & veggies & broth-based soups – things packed with water – you’ll feel more satisfied.” says Barbara Rolls, Ph.D, professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State Univ. “Water-rich foods like melon, mushrooms, & oatmeal stay there longer. “

Check in

Have you eaten your 7 to 10 servings yet?  The more diverse the colors are, the more vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants you’ll get. Ex: red apple, blueberries, green lettuce, orange carrots and yellow corn.   I actually had a lot of orange today.  I had cranberries, blueberries & raisins in my oatmeal this morning, acorn squash with apples, raisins & cranberries for lunch and broccoli, onions, fennel bulb, carrot, zucchini & butternut squash with dinner.  I had a pear for a snack & a piece of pumpkin pie for dessert.  Yummy!

Try and go heavier on the vegetables than the fruits just to watch your sugar intake.  Whatever day you go shopping, as you are putting the groceries away, cut up your veggies (carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, etc) and put them in snack or sandwich size baggies to take with you as snacks wherever you go. 

Monday, November 27 – Sunday December 3, 2006

Fitness challenge for the week: Cardio!  Get at least 30 minutes of cardio 3 to 4 times this week.  You can go for a brisk walk or jog, head for the treadmill, stairmaster, or elliptical, whatever you have.  I have videos that I like to work out to, whatever works best for you.  You want to get your heart rate up.  You should be able to hold a conversation, but be a little breathless. 

Check in

Really push yourself this week & get that heart rate up high. I will send you information on serving sizes of your fruits & veggies.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you need motivation.  Try to check in at least a couple of times this week.  Good luck!  Debyi

How’d you do?

I got my 8 push ups in & all my water.  How did you guys do?  If 96 oz of water is too much for you, you can count your cup of tea of some juice if you drink those.  I hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving tomorrow.  Just enjoy the day.  Start out with at least 8 oz of water before you eat, it’ll help you feel full faster without over eating.  Enjoy each bite of you turkey dinner.  Debyi

Interesting Water Finds

Here is some interesting water finds:

Fluids can do wonders to your waistline: A recent study found that after men & women drank 17 oz of water, their metabolic rates increased by 30% within 10 minutes & peaked about 40 minutes later.  Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day has a lot of benefits.  It helps keep you satiated (often what we interpret as hunger is really thirst).  It flushes the waste products your body churns out when processing protein or breaking down fat.  And it transports nutrients to your muscles to keep your metabolism clicking.  Otherwise, the best drinks you can have are low-fat milk & green tea.  (Please, no more than 2 glasses of diet soda a day if you must)