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ROCK_CLIMBER2 Posts: 328
1/15/11 8:52 P

I personally don't count my tea or coffee (even the decaf) as water for the day. I aim for at least 8 glasses everyday

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1/15/11 8:44 P

I think if it is decaf and no calories it counts. I count my decaf tea as water but not coffee. It has caffeine. emoticon

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1/15/11 8:30 P

I have often wondered this as well, glad that I clicked on it

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1/15/11 8:29 P

I think the goal is to drink more pure water rather than coffees and teas so I only count tap/bottled water

NSBOWEN Posts: 1,763
1/15/11 8:26 P

If there decaf with no added calories/fat from cream or sugar then I think they would count. It would have about the same calories as adding a flavor packet to your water and without caffiene there's no dehydration caused.

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1/15/11 8:06 P

I don't count them as water, although they both have their own benefits.

I really only see plain ol' water as water, and I am guilty as can be of only having it flavored!

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KAYE454 Posts: 3,470
1/15/11 8:04 P

As long as they are both black no additives

1/15/11 7:52 P

I count it but only 1 cup.The rest is pure water.

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1/15/11 6:58 P



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BABYDOLL0205 Posts: 2,588
1/15/11 5:15 P

Good question....I don't count it as water. Coffee is a diuretic & stimulant, water isn't, so I don't.

HAPPYWRITER7 Posts: 9,720
1/15/11 3:45 P

I dont.

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1/15/11 3:44 P

I count tea, but only if nothing has been added to it. I never drink coffee.

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ELLIENOV Posts: 58
1/15/11 3:36 P

I don't drink coffee or regular tea but i do like herbal tea. I say No. But I do try to increase my liquids whether it herbal tea, peppermint's my favourite, or water. it's all good.

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1/15/11 3:33 P

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1/15/11 3:32 P

I don't count coffee or tea as water because I think my kidneys have to work harder to filter anything except water.

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1/15/11 3:11 P

I count teas when I use it but not coffee. Although both have water in them.

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1/15/11 3:08 P

I don't count tea as I read that the body really needs pure water not just liquids.

KOEHNA Posts: 1,093
1/15/11 2:43 P

I count tea. as long as there is no sugar and it has no calories

CARLARCO Posts: 5,812
1/15/11 2:36 P

I count tea

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1/15/11 2:06 P

I do count coffee as water. I know it is a diuretic but I don't know how much the liquid adds versus how much the coffee releases from my system.

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12/8/10 12:54 P

I have read coffee and tea count towards your water just not as much as water.

PLATEAU11 Posts: 1,048
12/8/10 9:46 A

I don't count it. But I do drink coffee.

ALYVNWELL Posts: 244
12/8/10 9:43 A

herbal teas, but not coffee

SARAGWYNE Posts: 4,520
12/8/10 9:26 A

I do! Water is good but unsweetened, decaf tea is simply flavored water. And tea has many healthy benefits, including antioxidants.

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12/8/10 8:54 A

I don't agree. If you can count the water in fruits then coffee and tea do count. What of the people who count their diet pop? Liquid is liquid. Why else can we add Crystal Light to our drinks?

I count my coffee, as well as the 8 oz I use to take my daily fiber, as well as the 8 oz of milk and my 8 oz of juice.

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12/8/10 8:34 A

If you put carrots in your coffee its carrots and should be counted as such therefore for me if I have tea (that I drink about 4 times a day) the water in that tea is water. It has to count because it is a beverage so how can it not be counted

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12/8/10 8:24 A

No, especially the cvaffeinated kinds. Caffeine is a siuretic, which means it strips your body of water. As the others have said water means plain, clear water with no additives like tea, coffee, or flavor crystals.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,740
12/8/10 7:04 A

I do not count coffee and tea as water. I think water is pure water.

BAYSIDE07 Posts: 7,534
12/8/10 7:02 A

I do not.

ILOVEMY2BIRDS Posts: 2,646
12/8/10 6:57 A

I count water only as water. Coffee and tea are in the food tracker so I consider them "food". Our bodies are made up of 70% water, not 70% coffee (heeheehee)

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12/8/10 6:25 A

ILf it's decaf, I count it, but I drink so much water besides that it doesn't matter in my daily count.

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12/7/10 10:45 P

Coffee and Tea count as a liquid, but counting glasses of water means water. That's how I interpret the count.

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12/7/10 10:19 P

I had tea this morning but I didn't count it, just assumed it didn't count even if it was decaf

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12/7/10 7:50 P


ALLYALLYT Posts: 9,129
12/7/10 7:48 P

imo-no it doesnt count

NSBOWEN Posts: 1,763
12/7/10 7:46 P

If its caffinated I don't count it as water.

CSMARTIE Posts: 378
12/7/10 7:31 P

I count all fluids as water.

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12/7/10 7:14 P

I track coffee as coffee. And then I try to get my 8 cups of water in on top of that. I pee like 15 times a day haha

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12/7/10 7:08 P

I usually count a cup of coffee that I drink black as water... but I can't drink that much black coffee!

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12/7/10 5:11 P


Water has nothing in it the other things do..

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FITTINGIN130 Posts: 1,066
12/7/10 3:52 P

I just count water as water because everything else gets tracked somewhere else.

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12/7/10 3:51 P

Interesting....thanks Coach Jen.

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SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 34,882
12/3/10 7:48 P

Basically, your body can extract and use the water from anything that has water in it (including solid foods) to meet your water needs. So, the question is not really whether something other than plain water "counts" as water, but rather, whether the other stuff that comes with it makes it a good choice for your needs and goals.

Some beverages, such as those with high caffeine or alcohol content (both diuretics), may also increase the amount of water your body eliminates without using, so that needs to be taken into account. Some beverages provide "empty" calories (added sugar) that need to be counted, and some provided needed nutrients. Others such as Crystal Lite use artificial sweeteners to provide flavor without calories, which appears to be safe in moderation, but could potentially cause problems if used excessively.

Here's an article from our SP Dietitian, Becky, with more info:

Healthy Beverage Guidelines .

Hope this helps!

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MALLEUSMIKE Posts: 1,006
12/3/10 7:09 P

No. Water is water.

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12/3/10 6:59 P

Hello, I just entered stage 2, healthy habits. And I was just wondering, I love tea/coffee, (decaf) and I was wondering if I could count those servings as water since they are made with water?

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