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Benefits Of Water And Lemon

“If life throws you a lemon – make lemonade.” [Joan Collins]

One of my daily goals is to drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning

www.figurecompetition.co.ukThere are many benefits to drinking warm water and lemon including:

  • It is a gentle way of waking the body up after a nights sleep.
  • Hot water and lemon is an excellent, natural laxative that can help with constipation.
  • It has a detoxing effect by helping to alkalise the body and remove toxins.
  • Water and lemon can be an effective mouthwash, cleansing all the bacteria that cause bad breath away.
  • Hot lemon water helps reduce water retention in the body.
  • Since lemon is a natural diuretic, lemon water is especially good for people with urinary tract infections.
  • Lemon water can also help cleanse the liver by dissolving uric acid and other poisons.
  • Lemon juice is full of vitamin C, vitamin B and calcium. Lemon juice is a great source of Vitamin C which supports the immune function.
As mentioned above, some people report that water and lemon helps with weight loss, I would put this down to the fact that it reduces water retention.  It could also be a result of the lemon water helping to cleanse the bowels therefore making your digestive system work more effectively.

I have personally experienced many of the benefits listed above and therefore recommend starting the day with one glass of warm water and the lemon juice from 1/2 a fresh lemon (lemon juice in a bottle works just as well as juice from a fresh lemon).  If you find this too bitter you could add 1/2 a teaspoon of honey or some sweetener.  I have also read that mixing it with green tea can be a nice variation.

Measuring Your Progress Are You A Slave To The Scales

NEWSFLASH: becoming a slave to the scales will not help in your quest to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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If you are one of these people who steps on the scales every morning, and I have been there, then it is best you break that habit early on. There will be days when the scale does not move, even when you are doing all your workouts and sticking to your diet 100%. In fact, when you initially embark on a weight lifting routine, you may even see the scale go up as you start to build some muscle. Don’t panic.

I know most people would like to see the scales going down as they want to lose some weight and if the scales do not move, or move in the supposed wrong direction it can be very disheartening. But remember this, (I believe) you are not exercising and eating healthy to be a certain weight, you want to lose fat and look better.

Remember, If you put on muscle, not only does muscle take up less space than fat and so you appear slimmer at the same weight but muscle is more metabolically active so you need more calories to maintain your weight. In this case the scales are not always the best way to measure your progress. There are other ways you can measure your success, in conjunction with the scales, and I would advise trying at least one of these:

Before and After Photos

Take a set of photos from the front, side and rear in swim wear, best if it’s a bikini. But if you can’t face that, at least try some tight fitting clothes. Photos do not lie and it will be rewarding to see how you body is changing. Try to take a set of progress photos every 2 weeks and compare them – sometimes if nothing else is changing you will see some improvement in posture or shape.

Tape Measurements

Using a measuring tape and noting the size of some key areas can be a good way of measuring success. I would suggest chest, waist, umbilical, hips, bum, thighs and top of arms. If the scales do not move but you have lost an inch on your bum I would doubt you’ll be unhappy.

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Clothing

I would think a lot of us have a piece of clothing we would either like to get back into or have bought in the hope of being able to wear, well now is the time to put that item to work. One point I would make is that if you are a size 12 and the item is a size 6 that might not be the best item to select. Try for an item one size smaller than you are now. Try it on once a fortnight and you may be pleasantly surprised. I find that hanging a lovely piece of clothing in plain view everyday that I can’t wear yet is an excellent motivator.

So there you have it 4 ways (scales, tape, photos and clothing) to measure your success. It does take time for the body to adjust to a new lifestyle so be patient and don’t give up

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