For the entire month of February I drank only water as a productivity experiment. I had no caffeine-based pre-workout drink to get ready for the gym, no mid-afternoon tea, no red wine on Valentine’s Day, and no drinks on my girlfriend’s birthday–the fanciest thing I drank all month was a cup of hot water with a lemon wedge. (I’m definitely kicking myself for not picking an easier month, but hindsight is 20/20 I guess.)
To be honest I didn’t expect to learn much from this experiment, but looking back, I learned a ton. This article is a long one, but I know you’ll get a lot out of it, and I tried to make it as skimmable as possible so you can easily skip to the parts you’re interested in.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 lessons I learned drinking only water for an entire month!
10. Every day you drink a whopping 400 calories
If you’re average, every day you drink a whopping 400 calories.
With a bit of basic arithmetic, it’s not hard to calculate how drinking more water will help you lose weight. To lose a pound of fat, you need to burn off (or have a deficit of) about 3,500 calories, though this number varies depending on how fast your metabolism is, and how much water and lean tissue you burn off as you reduce your caloric intake. That means that if you drink only water (or fluids that contain no calories), in 9 days you will lose one pound of fat. That’s equivalent to the amount of calories your body burns running at 5mph for 30 minutes every day for 9 days!
It’s not easy to lose weight, but drinking more water has got to be one of the easiest ways out there to cut back on how many calories you consume.
Not only will drinking more water help you cut out unhealthy, high-calorie drinks from of your diet, but water also serves as an appetite suppressant that will help you consume less calories in the first place.
9. Know the eight triggers that motivate you to drink something
I think one of the keys to changing your habits is recognizing what drives your behaviour. Taking a second to ask yourself why you’re about to drink something is the perfect trigger to make yourself drink healthier.