The first step in optimal nutrition is hydration. Aim to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water everyday. I cannot stress how crucial this is for weight loss. The closer you get to your water goal per day, the faster you will see results. Your body is made up of 75% water. Think of grapes and raisins. Would you rather be a grape – well hydrated with smooth skin or a raisin – all dried up and wrinkly?