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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. I’m 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?

I’ve 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 water…right? 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 I’ve 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.

I’m 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 didn’t mean I stopped drinking water. It just meant that I didn’t 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 someone’s daily water intake. So while I often didn’t 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, I’d say to others having trouble getting in 8 cups of water a day….don’t worry. As long as you’re getting some kind of fluid into you (apart from alcohol), you’re doing well.

If you want to read up on the “8 cups of water a day” 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.
    2609 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!
    2612 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!!
    2613 days ago
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