By now we all know that fitness isn’t all about exercise. Too often we focus on moving our bodies and not enough on one of the most important aspects: what we put in them. It’s very easy to get caught up in a routine of exercising and then eating a poor diet. In fact, this is one of the most common habits that lead to slow or no progress with fitness goals.


The key to fitness is treating your body right in all aspects, and that includes diets. But in this world of endless fast food chains and endless sugary drink commercials, the journey to healthier eating seems like a long and painful one. However, it doesn’t have to be. One of the easiest (and most effective) ways to eat healthier is to engage in nutrition substitution. The term might sound complicated but the concept is fairly simple: taking out certain foods and drinks in your diet and replacing them with less calorie-dense foods and drinks. It’s really that simple (though it involves a bit of label reading), Believe it or no, there are a wealth of options available to replace many foods and even most drinks. One of such is flavored water.


Flavored water (as the name implies) is water that is infused with artificial flavoring which gives it a sweet and often fruity taste. Ever wondered if water could taste like juice? Well, wonder no more! Most flavored waters taste exactly like juice and so can easily step in as a substitute. If you’re still not convinced, keep in mind that most fruit juices are between 200- 500 calories per 50cl and flavored water is usually 0-5 calories for the same amount.This means less sugar in your system, less calories to burn off during workouts and all that great taste.


There are popular flavored water brands such as Fiji, Clearly Canadian and Ice, but you can always make your own. Simple slice up some fresh fruit of your choice and put in a bottle of water. Leave the bottle of water overnight or for a day in the fridge and then enjoy (without eating the fruit).


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