Even those of us that regularly drink a lot of water will admit that it's so much harder to drink up in the winter. When it's freezing outside, the last thing most of us want is a big glass of ice cold water.
Still, it's important to stay hydrated in the winter. At a minimum, dehydration can make us feel foggy, tired or fatigued, and irritable.
Dehydration can also negatively affect our metabolism and cause weight gain and/or water rentention (you know, those lovely extra 5 pounds that make us feel bloated and puffy). This is exactly what we DON'T want to happen when working on losing weight or maintaining weight loss.
While it can be hard staying motivated to drink all the water your body needs, try the following tricks to keep you hydrated through this winter.
EASY WAYS TO DRINK MORE WATER IN THE WINTER
SKIP THE ICE CUBES
This one sounds like common sense but you'd be surprised.
Most people are so used to drinking water with ice that switching to room temperature water in the winter doesn't occur to them!
Skip the ice and drink your water room temperature or slightly warm.
HOT FLAVORED WATER
Most of us reach for hot coffee and tea in the winter. Holding a hot mug between your fingers and sipping on a steamy beverage when it's freezing out just feels so right.
Take a break from your third cup of coffee and give hot flavored water a try.
Try adding these flavor combinations to your hot water:
- Lemon slices
- Lemon slices + ginger
- Fresh mint leaves
- Raspberries + fresh rosemary sprigs
- Pear slices + cinnamon
- Apple slices + cinnamon
EAT MORE SOUP
Eating soup is a sneaky way to get more water into your winter diet. Since broths are water based, soups can add an additional cup or two of water to your daily intake.
DRINK WATER WITH YOUR COFFEE OR TEA
My favorite winter water strategy is this:
Drink 16 oz of water BEFORE my cup of coffee, drink 16 oz of water with my coffee, and 16 oz of water AFTER my coffee.
I'm usually good for two or three cups of coffee a day, so by adding water before-during-after each cup, I can easily hit the amount of water I need each day.
A little warning about this one though: If you drive or travel for work, be strategic with your timing. You will definitely pee a lot (which is a good thing).
You don't want to be stuck in traffic or walking around Manhattan desperately looking for a bathroom when the liquids kick in (I've made both of these mistakes and neither of them are a good time!).