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3/27/13 6:34 P

I only count pure, unadulterated water. I feel it is the best for your body. Water and tea have caffeine which is a diuretic that dehydrates a person. The flavors that people frequently add to water such as Crystal Light have calories. It can all get complicated so that is another reason why I just stick to plain water.

If you are having trouble getting enough water in try putting it in one of those trendy water bottles that have the ounce measurements on the side. Pick one that is a fun color. If it is plain, you can decorate it with stickers that inspire you. Make a game out of getting those 8 glasses in emoticon

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3/27/13 11:25 A


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3/27/13 11:23 A

I count liquids made with water (water, coffee, tea) as liquids. The rest I don't count.

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3/27/13 5:18 A

The focus should be the appropriate amount of "liquids" as opposed to water, other than water is calorie free and has no additives.

Therefore, jelly, ice-cream (watch the calories) milk, tea, coffee, juice (again watch the calories) all count as liquid.


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3/26/13 4:53 P

Personally? I only count water as water. :)

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3/26/13 2:08 P

You'll get varying opinions from people on what they 'count' as water.

But scientifically, anything wet is water.

Adding caffeine, flavours, preservatives, or anything else to water doesn't make the H2O disappear. It's still water. It's water with caffeine, preservatives and flavourings in it.

We used to think tea and coffee were diaretic, but the effect is minimal, especially if one normally drinks them.

Water, milk, juice, tea, coffee, sodas (diet or not), fruit drinks, sports drinks, ANYTHING. If it's wet, it'll hydrate you.

However, for 'health' it's best to choose water and only water, minimising those other options. :)

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3/26/13 1:10 P

I count both plain water and water-made-into-tea. I would also count water with one of those water-flavourings (though i personally don't use those). And sparkling water. Basically anything that is liquid and of the same calorie content as water (i.e. effectively zero). Anything that is liquid but containing calories (juice, milk) I count more as a "food."

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3/26/13 1:05 P

What counts as water?

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