I aim for 2 cups per meal. Since I usually eat 4 meals a day, that makes for 8 cups. I like to glug, so 2 cups is a piece of cake. And keeping track of 2 cups during a meal is easier than keeping track of 8 cups over the course of a day.
I don't think it matters how you like to drink your water.
Botoom line, yes--drink it fast or sip it all day...just do it! Probably from an overall health point of view, all day is a bit better (though some people suggest not AT a meal, since it dilutes your digestion--not a problem I have). I start with two cups of HOT water when I get up--I love sipping it (I use filtered, not plain tap), then I try to drink at least 20 oz during each of the two 2-hour classes I teach.
When I am working out, I don't count THAT water, because I tend to sweat it out. You can see, I've become very fond of the stuff (used to hate it, but habits can be formed).
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As long as you get your water I say have at it any way you like
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It takes me forever to get all the water in (I'm not a huge water fan). Plain tea sometimes does the trick, but I usually just do 8oz chugs several times a day. I read though, that it's better not to chug large amounts because then the body doesn't have time to absorb all it needs before it passes through.
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I have 3 20 ounce bottles that I sip on while at work. I usually finish before work is over and if I do, I treat myself to a caffien free diet coke. I also have a 4 oz cup after brushing my teeth in the morning and night. I end up drinking 68 oz of water and 20 oz of cfdc.
I go to work at noon and I try to get 4 cups in before I leave for work. Sometimes I get 6 if I'm really thirsty after I exercise. When I get to work I fill a 32 oz bottle and sip on it for the afternoon. If I don't finish the bottle by 5pm I will make myself finish it. If I finish it early enough I may fill the bottle again (today I filled it halfway at 4:30). If I'm under 8 cups by the time I get home I will have more in the evening, but at this time of day I'm simply not thirsty so I really need to concentrate to get the water in.
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I ususally sip on mine throughout the day. I'm not a big fan of plain tap water & I wanted to cut out pop from my life...so I found that drinking the Clear American water from Wal-Mart really helps. It gets me drinking water & curbs my craving for pop!
Wow, it's so wierd to hear water as a chore. lol. Colorado is so dry, you just gulp water all day long, from the time you are like 2.
But for dieting specifically, i tend to think like the teacher before me. I keep it at my desk, and when i want to get up to get something to eat, I stand up, walk around a bit, drink a good sip of (flavored with real fruit) water, and go back to work.
I have my first cup right when I get up, and now to get more in I fill up my excercise bottle and have it right by my side all day and I'll drink it without thinking, and I fill it at least three times a day. One time when my mindless eating/drinking problem comes in handy.
I try to get it all done before its several hours before bed to try and lessen the times I get up at night! *laughs*
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When I am drinking water for hydration (to get to my 12 cups a day) I just chug it down. When I am drinking it with a meal, I sip it casually. I keep a thermos in my classroom with me and try and drink three or four a day. Half the time when you feel "hungry," water will do the trick, at least for me.
I hate water so it takes me FOREVER to get it in during the day. If to were up to me, Id nurse the same bottle for a week. Ive been brewing tea bags in water with splenda...which of course is a diuretic but I figure its better than nothing. It tastes really good so I pound it.
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I drink my water in 16 oz glasses or water bottles spaced throughout the day, but I've seen people carrying around water bottles sipping on them all day. Is either method preferable or is it ok to do it whichever way you like?
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