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Water, water everywhere......a confession.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

First, I want to thank NOTCRYINANYMORE, REDSHOES2011, TIBURONA, and TINKER292 for commenting in my last entry. Iím glad you guys loved it.


Who here drinks 8+ cups of plain water every day? How easy is it?

Who here drinks 8+ cups of fluid every day? And count it towards your daily water intake?

Iíve been with SP for a little over a year now and I have trouble drinking 8 cups of plain water a day. But I do try to get in 8 cups of fluid a day. And I do mark it down towards my water intake.

Calorie free tea is pretty much just enhanced waterÖright? And I tend to drink 4+ cups of tea a day. Herbal tea, flavored green tea, flavored black tea, etc. I love tea.

I do drink plain water, but not as much as tea. Usually about 2-4 cups of plain water a day. Some days I have more and some days I have less.

I also add other fluids Iíve had throughout the day. Like the almond or soy milk I put on my cereal. Or the soup I had for dinner last night. Or a diet soda I have about once a week. Or whatever has water as a main ingredient gets added.

Iím not worried about not getting in 8 cups of plain water. Nor do I fret if I fail to meet my 8 cups of fluid a day. I feel that I am well hydrated and I know I feel better about my fluid intake now than I did a year ago when I was struggling to get in 8 cups of plain water.

It was also a year ago that I was told that the recommended 8 cups of water a day might be a myth. I did a Google search on it and have felt relief since.

That didnít mean I stopped drinking water. It just meant that I didnít have to beat myself up if I failed to meet the recommended 8 cups a day. And surprisingly, research said that other fluids and even certain foods could count towards someoneís daily water intake. So while I often didnít drink the recommended 8 cups of water a day, I was amazed to discover that other things I did drink brought my total water intake to about 6-10 cups a day.

So, Iíd say to others having trouble getting in 8 cups of water a dayÖ.donít worry. As long as youíre getting some kind of fluid into you (apart from alcohol), youíre doing well.

If you want to read up on the ď8 cups of water a dayĒ being a myth, here are a few links.


Scientific American

Calorie Lab

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  • BADAMS86
    Yeah, there are a lot of new studies that say you don't have to necessarily have 8 cups each day b/c you get water from other sources (even food!) Obviously, it doesn't hurt anything to have 8 or more but I think you are finding the right places to substitute. I have always been a big water drinker, but do like sweeter drinks from time to time to mix it up. Wal-mart's great-value brand has a no-sugar flavored water mix and only amounts to 40 calories for an entire pitcher! The stuff is great and they have a lot of different flavors to choose from.
    2141 days ago
    I'm in total agreement with you and count my herbal tea, yes. Also, I only set a goal of 6 cups at most, and ignore the 8 cup idea. Here's why: I'm a small female (hovering around 114 pounds) and it seems ridiculous that a 250 pound male on SparkPeople only has to drink 8 cups while a woman less than half his size needs to drink the same, and spend all day running from her cubicle to the bathroom. I refuse to be irrational and follow rules mindlessly. Thanks for speaking up for just trusting your own critical thinking!
    2144 days ago
    I have a very hard time getting the 8 cups of plain water in every day. Thank you so much for your blog!!
    2144 days ago
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