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How Much Water to Drink This Summer (As Seen in Chicago Sun Times)

Summer is one of everyones favorite times of the year since it brings music festivals, beach visits, and even outdoor workouts. All of these fun summer activities all require time outdoors, so it’s essential to make sure you’re staying hydrated! 

Staying hydrated and making sure you’re drinking enough water can be difficult, especially when you’re focusing on all the fun you’re having! That’s why I shared my favorite tips and tricks in my new column in the Chicago Sun Times “Exercise Well with Stephanie Mansour”. If you’re interested in learning about these awesome water drinking hacks, click here!



As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

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Watch Me Invade My Client’s Home!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m fortunate enough to work with highly successful women who are able to joke with me but also know when to NOT mess with me! I want to ensure the success of each of my clients, so I go to certain extremes to support my clients in being successful with their own health & fitness.

Dun dun dun…so one of my clients was having difficulty remembering to drink half of her body weight in ounces – in fact, she was sometimes only drinking 8 ounces per day!! After almost four weeks of this, I decided that an intervention was needed. Watch as I invade my client’s home to set up a water drinking system that’s fool-proof:

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Drinking Water in Style

Remember last week when we talked about how water helps you lose weight? Well today we’re talking about how you can drink more water and enjoy it! For extra motivation, check out one of my fabulous clients sporting her Step It Up with Steph waterbottle:

Such a fun bottle to drink out of!

(I’m having more of these produced, so if you want one, leave me a comment below!)

Here are some fun ways to add some style to your water and make it taste less…boring!

– Get a cute water bottle (or a colorful one) that makes you happy or motivated every time you look at it.

– Depending on the type of bottle or glass you’re drinking out of, drop a few raspberries, blueberries, or cut up a strawberry and plop it into your water. Shake it up and let it give the water some flavor.

– Make some flavored ice cubes by crushing up berries and adding them into your ice trays, OR just make ice trays out of apple juice or orange juice. Stick an ice cube into your glass and enjoy some natural flavoring.

– Buy small lemons or limes and bring them to work with you. Use a plastic knife and cut it up, then squeeze it into your bottle or glass the whole day. Just keep it next to your computer and re-squeeze everytime you fill up.

What’s your trick for drinking more water? Share your trick with others by leaving a comment below!

How Water Helps with Weightloss

We’ve all heard about the importance of drinking enough H2O, but did you know that drinking water actually helps you lose weight, and if you do NOT drink enough water, you are causing your body to hold onto unhealthy fat? Yuck!

So how does water help you lose weight? And how much water should you be drinking everyday?

You should be drinking half of your body weight, in ounces. So if you weigh 150lbs, you should be drinking at least 75 oz. of water.

If you’re chronically dehydrated, research shows that you could have an up to 8lb weight gain each year! How so? Water increases your metabolism – Every time you break a sweat, signals are sent around your body telling it to increase its metabolism, telling it to free up energy from specific sources within your body. The signals won’t boost your metabolic processes very much, but they will boost it just enough so that if you were to break a bigger sweat, for a longer time, everyday of the week, then the difference will be much more noticeable.

This is why interval and circuit training while you are properly hydrated is so important – breaking into a sweat and turning it into an even bigger sweat will boost your metabolism, which helps you lose weight.

Therefore, your activity levels and intensities at which you’re exercising will dictate the rate of your metabolism. Stored body fat is an energy source, so the more you increases your metabolism, the more stored body fat will be used up even while you’re resting.

When your body is properly hydrated, it is able to process and signal without delay, causing your metabolism to speed up and causing you to lose more weight, more quickly.

How much water do you drink per day? Leave a comment below or share with your friends – encourage everyone to raise more glasses!


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