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June 21, 2013

Drink More Water and Shed the Weight

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Maybe my Grandma has been on to something all of these years.  My 85-year-old Grandma drinks more water than anyone I’ve ever seen. She also has a very specific way she likes her water. She prefers it slightly chilled, no ice, in a glass, and filled up only halfway.  So cute! Grandma has always preached to me the benefits of water. And yes, I do know there are lots of benefits to drinking water. It can make your skin look youthful and pretty, help headaches, help with digestion, and so much more. However, she never told me that by drinking more water I could actually lose water weight! We are right in the middle of swimsuit season; so what better time to pass on to you what I do to help me ignite my body into getting rid of water weight and to help jumpstart my system to losing weight fast.

When I was competing in the bodybuilding world I would walk into the gym or go to a competition and see those people carrying around their huge jugs of water.  I would always think this looked funny and wondered to myself why drinking that much water was really necessary. I finally get it.  Truth is that by drinking a lot of water, you are actually tricking your body into ridding the water more efficiently.  Just like when your body shifts into starvation mode and starts storing fat when you have a food fast, it also starts holding water when you don’t drink enough of it. So by changing up how much water you intake, you can teach your body to get rid of water instead of storing it. Studies actually show that drinking water before meals makes you eat less because you feel a little fuller.  The Public Health and Water Research went a step further and did a study to see if weight loss was also sustainable.  They split the study into two groups. One group drank two 8ounce glasses of water before their meals for 12 weeks and the other group did not.  At the end of the twelve weeks, not only did the patients who drank the pre-meal water lose an average of 4lbs., they also sustained the loss over time. Also, studies showed that when you couple drinking about two glasses of water before you consume a low caloric meal, you lose more weight than when are just solely on a low caloric diet alone.

For example, say I have a big event in a few weeks that I want to look my best for, there are a three things that I focus on in order to kick-start my system.  I have to strategically plan out my 1.) low caloric diet, 2.)water consumption and 3.) my workout routines. In this blog I am only going to focus on the water consumption part. So as far as the water part is concerned, not only do I just think to myself that I need to drink more water, I plan it out strategically.  It seems like a lot at first but after a few days I usually start getting more used to it. So here it is…I drink 2 full (16ounce) glasses before each meal and then two more glasses at my mid morning and then mid afternoon snack time. Think that sounds like too much? So did I. But when I am really getting serious about jumpstarting my system, this is one of the things I implement.  Obviously, it flushes me out pretty good and I end up going to the restroom more times than a pregnant woman. It gets annoying, but I try to keep in mind that it’s a good thing because I am shedding the water weight.  I’m not going to lie, remembering to drink all this water can be hard, so here are several ways that I try to keep it top of mind.

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  • Keep your water visual. Keep it in your cup holder, on your desk at work, by your bed, or on your side table as you watch T.V. 
  • Keep track of your intake.  Studies show that any time you start tracking your diet plan the chances that you stick to it improve.  So I like to make a little chart and track my water as I go.  It’s one baby step at a time!
  • Set reminders.  Sometimes I get going so fast throughout the day so I set my alarm reminders throughout the day remember to drink my water.  I set it about 30 minutes before each mealtime, one for mid-morning, and then one mid-afternoon.
  • Carry it with you.  I try to carry it with me everywhere.  I am a sales rep so I drive around a lot.  I always keep one water bottle in my cup holder, then at least another full one in my car.
  • Change it up a bit.  If I get bored with the plan taste of water, I add a little lemon or lime juice to the water.  Or I add no-sugar, flavored club soda and make a no calorie drink.

 When I have a big event a few weeks away that I want to look my best for; managing my water intake is a key factor for me to look my best.  It’s just as important as sticking to my diet and workout plans. Don’t forget that if your really wanting to shed water weight, it is also important to watch your salt intake and stay away from alcohol. Both make your body actually retain more water weight and create a bloated look. Like I always say, this is what I do and this is what works for me.  So you might have to alter or play around with what works for you.

Happy Drinking!

Loren Silas

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May 31, 2013

What Is Your Why?

 Have you ever thought about what your true motivation in life is? What is the fire that gets you up out of bed every morning? I was introduced to a preacher named Eric Thomas and I listened to one of the motivational talks he gave to a professional sports team. I have watched several of his You Tube videos and he gets me really fired up.  He really challenges people to dig deep, find their fire, and to use that fire to accomplish their goals and live a more fulfilling life.

 Why do I work hard from sun up to sundown to be my best? For me it’s two-fold. Number one, why am I driven to go to work everyday? And then secondly, why am I driven to work so hard with The Healthy Housewives. Yes, I love my job. Yes, I am passionate about health and fitness. But what REALLY drives me to wake up at 5:30 and not hit the snooze button? I am motivated to provide the best life I can for my daughter and my family. I am motivated to give her a better childhood than I had. I am also driven to motivate and empower as many people as possible to believe in themselves and live their best life. I am inspired to share my learnings in health and fitness to help people implement the right fitness plans into their life and feel their best.

A life-changing event in my life is when my parent’s got a divorce when I was eight. That was the point when I realized how stressful money burdens could be on a family. At that point, my mom was a substitute schoolteacher and was going to school at night to get her Master’s degree.  My father had just lost his job. They did their best to keep our lives “normal” and shield my brothers and I from the financial stress. However, we knew money was tight and a constant stress and I felt terrible that my activities added to that pressure.  At the time of the divorce, I was on the competitive team at gymnastics. That meant I was at the gym five days a week, which was pretty pricey. Of course gymnastics was a financial cut that my parents had to make. I was devastated at the thought. Athletics were my passion and my escape from my ever-changing family dynamics. I was fortunate enough that my coaches and gym offered to work with my parents through that difficult point. I don’t know what they worked out financially. However, I will forever be grateful to my coaches and all that were involved for caring enough about me to help my family and I through that time.  So at eight years old, I remember standing in front of the uneven bars one night at workout, asking my coach what it took to get a college scholarship. I hated feeling like I was being a financial burden on any one.  At that point, I told myself that if I wanted to go to college and follow my dreams that I was going to have to work hard and do it myself. Through hard work and some amazing people in my life, I ended up accomplishing my childhood dream of obtaining a full college scholarship and competing at a high level. I have achieved things in track and field, as well as life, that I never could have imagined.  And from that time is where I find a lot of daily my motivation. So many people have helped me through my journey. I want to give back and help people find their own strength and believe in themselves. I also am driven to provide the best life I can for my daughter and family, where finances aren’t a burden. Whether Landry wants to go to Harvard and become a doctor or if she even wants to be a professional ballerina, I want her to know that she can accomplish anything she wants. I am determined to provide the best life for her that I possibly can.

No, I don’t get rich doing The Healthy Housewives, nor do I do it because I just think I’m going to be on tv. Don’t get me wrong all of that would be a cool added bonus. Yes, I love the other ladies and have fun with them and all of the exciting things we do.  But what fuels me to help grow this brand? What drives me is helping people believe in themselves and helping them have the courage to go for their dreams. Through my unique journey I have learned so much.  I now have been so blessed with an opportunity and a platform that I am so passionate about. Through my athletics and passion for health, I have seen first hand how much better I feel and function when I eat right and workout regularly.  I am inspired daily to be my best self, so I in turn I can better help and empower other people.

I have told you my motivation. That is one of the moments in my life that drives me to get up every single day and be my best self.  So what is your why? What’s your motivation to do what you do?  And where does that motivation come from?  You have to have a greater motivation than to just be rich or skinny.  Dig deep and find your own true motive. Channel your own defining moments and use them to achieve your dreams and live a fulfilled life.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Loren Silas