I drink 10-15 glasses a day, and weigh 207, so it is about 1/2 my body weight.
The best trick to increase water intake is to remove all other fluids. Drink the water plain. We add sugar, or sugar substitutes all the time, or have coffee, so we never get a taste for water. Give it a month, and water will taste incredible. Stopping the use of salt, and sugar in your food as well will make the process quicker. Afterwards you will be amazed at how salty meat is, and how sugary your fruits, and even your vegetables are. I was amazed to find out how sweet beets are. Tastes like dessert.
Right now it all tastes bland, because the only thing you have ever tasted is salt, sugar, and anything so strong that it overcomes that, like cheese. If you eat a slice of orange pepper, and it isn't sweet, then your taste buds are not working right, and you probably also think water is yucky. You need to reset your body, and relearn what real food tastes like.
Fitness Minutes: (895)
499 8/31/13 10:58 P
I absolutely think it is! On the days I drink a lot of water, I definitely see a bigger weight loss the next morning (: Not to mention, water's just good for you in all ways (: Drink up folks!
Fitness Minutes: (74,443)
3,293 8/31/13 6:32 P
Well, I often drink 12-15 glasses a day. I sip during the work day and then drink to my thirst after that.
If you aren't thirsty enough to drink at least 8 glasses a day, you probably aren't moving enough.
I absolutely think so. I need water for clear skin, to fill me up, to lose bloat from sodium (2000 mg max for women/daily), mental clarity/to avoid headaches, to regulate my bowel movements, etc. So much goes hand in hand with water intake. You're actually supposed to drink half of your weight in fluid ounces! For example, if you weigh 200 pounds you need 100 ounces. One glass is 8 ounces. You'd need about 12.5 glasses. :)
Fitness Minutes: (34,007)
8/31/13 8:35 A
For some reason water helps me lose. If I don't drink enough water my body just does not function properly.
8/29/13 8:12 P
There is such a thing as drinking too much water. It's called water intoxication and people have died from it. I think those cases are pretty rare though. I remember reading about a woman who died after participating in a water drinking contest to win a Wii for her kids. Sad. :(
8/29/13 5:57 P
I just drink when I feel a little thirsty or when I feel I need some. It usually works out to 6-8 cups a day.
Thanks so much,everyone, for all your replies! I actually made a mistake in saying Chris Powell said to drink your body weight in water...it was actually HALF your body weight in water, which in my mind is still a lot. I think I am going to go with your overall advice and use my thirst as a gauge. I'm worried if I start counting glasses of water, I'm going to obsess about it and feel I failed if I don't hit the magic number. I do eat fruit and drink soup, tea, etc., so I think I will be fine. Have a great, on-track day, and thanks again!
Fitness Minutes: (3,948)
8/28/13 9:18 A
As others have said i don't think there is a magic number for us to drink,but i know i do feel better when i have managed to drink the recommended 8 glasses which I am currently struggling with. Does anyone have any tricks to help them remember to drink their water for the day?
I am a huge fan of drinking nothing but plain water, and believe that 8 is a minimum with an extra glass for every 20 minutes of exercise. I drink at least 10 a day.
I still have never had the 26 glasses Chris Powell thinks I should be having..lol. At my start weight, I should have been drinking 45 glasses a day? Even at my goal weight, i would have to drink 20.5 glasses a day.
Sadly, along with eating correctly, we also forgot how to drink correctly. So now we have guidelines on how much to drink. The best thing about switching to plain water for a month, is that you aren't drinking fluids that mess with how much you should drink. These are salt, sugar, and caffeine. Once you adjust to where you actually like plain water, you will have an idea how much water you need.
Most people though can start with 8 glasses of water, along with whatever fluids are in their food, and if they feel thirsty, just have 2 glasses more. There is no magic # of fluids that will make everything better. It is meant to keep you hydrated, not cause weight loss, although drinking calories IS a great way to add weight, so NOT drinking them can help.
On weight loss plans, the big reason for the water recommendation is to give people an easy first step to self-discipline or will power or routine. It's also a good idea always to drink something non-caloric whenever you think you're hungry or have the munchies. Thirst sometimes feels like hunger.
But no, you don't have to drink any set amount in order to lose weight.
As for drinking too much, that's not likely. In fact, your dad should ask his doctor why he said that. Usually the only reason people are told to restrict water intake is if the doctor suspects kidney troubles. Dad definitely needs to know if there's something going on. Two liters is not excessive by any means.
Fitness Minutes: (0)
8/27/13 7:04 P
as the others have said, drink for yourself.
We get tons of water in our daily lives, from coffee, fruits, soups, yogurt, etc. Water has some advantages for dieters, IMO, but they are more psychological than biological. I think a full glass of water, tea or whatever else i'm drinking, in the morning helps get me started on the day. I think a full glass at every meal makes me feel "fuller".
and for me, tea, coffee, and other non or low cal liquids help give me a sense of "taste" when i have the "nibbles".
I always thought that the push to drink more water wasn't necessarily to drink the water, but to avoid drinking other things.
Fitness Minutes: (12,713)
4,114 8/27/13 6:37 P
There is no evidence to support any absolute amount of water. None. Our thirst mechanism is pretty damn good. Follow it.
The one thing about water, specifically, drinking more of it is that it becomes a substitute for caloric beverages which is a great benefit. If you're drinking calories, that's a quick way to cut intake without much effort. Go for the water instead, but stay sane.
"he recommends drinking your body weight in ounces of water" Let's see, that puts me at - 22 cups of water?!!!!?!!? That's a bit much, LOL.
I think that generally most people don't drink enough water, but it is absolutely possible to have too much as well. 8 is generally a good target to strive for, but if you get 7, or 6, or 5, it may be right for you. There's plenty of water in the foods we eat which counts, as well as other beverages. It's hard to say in definites exactly how much one should drink.
I will say though, that 22 is too much for ANYONE.
Fitness Minutes: (15,360)
9,709 8/27/13 12:59 P
No, all that water isn't strictly necessary. Drink to thirst, and to urine color... if your urine's pale, straw yellow, you're well hydrated.
Staying hydrated IS important, but overdoing it can absolutely have negative consequences. Drinking your weight in water is definitely overdoing it, and has no basis in science. A gallon's the same; no recommendation that's sane. There is no benefit, other than perhaps fighting hunger cravings, since our bodies sometimes mistake thirst for hunger.
Now, on a hot, humid day with lots of exercise? You might end up needing that, but for most people, that's too much. THe more you exercise, you may drink that much because you've needed it, but you don't have to drink that much just because someone tells you to.
In fact, the 8 glass rule is just a guideline... that also has no real basis! It's a good goal, though. It's achievable for most people without overdoing it.
Drinking a lot of water is good for your body, but that's just too much for most people, honestly. Also keep in mind that this includes any fluids you drink; it doesn't HAVE to be pure water, all the time. ;) I count my tea, as well!
I am so confused about recommendations to drink 8 cups of water per day. I am starting the Chris Powell Carb Cycling program, and he recommends drinking your body weight in ounces of water. I have tried Weight Watchers in the past, and they also recommend drinking a gallon of water a day. I recently read that there is absolutely no research to support drinking all that water, even though weight loss programs always recommend it. My dad's doctor told him that drinking more than 2 liters a day could negatively affect his potassium levels. I am wondering if someone can tell me if there is hard evidence to support the recommendations to drink a lot of water every day.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.