Making wholesale nutritional changes all at once is rarely successful, but fortunately you don't need to do that to make a lasting change.
Each week, I will offer a different nutritional challenge that you can try to incorporate into your lifestyle for seven days. If you like it, keep it up. If not, try the next one.
If you're feeling particularly ambitious, start adding the habits together and see how they help you improve your fat loss goals. But remember, the key to fat loss success is consistency, so don't overwhelm yourself.
For those who complete several of the challenges and see a change, send us your before and after photos!
See last week's challenge about eliminating packaged foods here.
Week Four Challenge: Water, Water, Water!
Dehydration is a major fat loss blocking factor, and it’s pretty easy to fix: Drink water. I challenge you to drink half your body weight in ounces of water for the next 7 days. If you are 200 pounds, for example, that means 100 ounces of water throughout the day. Feel free to flavor the water with berries, lemon, lime, cucumber, etc., but do not squirt any artificial “water-flavoring" packets into your water.
If you are already starting each day with your morning margarita, you may count that water in you daily totals.
Dusten Nelson is a Chicago-based strength coach, nutritional expert and practitioner of Chinese medicine. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and check out his website. You can email Nelson at info@DustenNelson.com.
Nelson is currently training Chicago filmmaker Kenneth Yoder to compete in a 100-day bodybuilding challenge. See the original story here.