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Monday, January 09, 2012

... for the time I am spending in there lately.

I'm still new here, and one of the hardest changes to accommodate is drinking (or, should I say "renting") 64 ounces of water a day. As a 50 year-old male, already I was aware that my bathroom visits are somewhat more frequent than in my youth. Now with this high level of water consumption, it seems like I live my life in the potty. I trust I am not alone.

If I pound down the full 64 ounces in the morning (basically as quickly as I can; definitely by 11AM), I may have a fighting chance to preserve the sanctity of my sleep. However,, I wonder whether the dietary benefit of the water is lessened if I concentrate drinking over a few morning hours, as opposed to spaced all day long?

Any thoughts? Similar experiences? Disadvantages to warp-speed water pounding?
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BREWMASTERBILL 3/18/2012 7:54PM

    Water helping with portion control and being better than Diet Coke is not really a disagreement, I wholeheartedly agree. I simply said that a strict intake of x ounces all by itself isn't magical, so don't struggle needlessly. Losing weight is hard enough.

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BOSS61 3/18/2012 4:22PM

    respectfully differs with Brewmasterbill. In all candor, I think the Spark water is magical. The solution to pollution is indeed dilution. I remain completely convinced that upping my water intake (and it generally replaced Diet Coke for me) has been of key importance in the weight loss I have achieved to date.

Mainly its been portion control., but the water helped too.

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BREWMASTERBILL 3/18/2012 2:33PM

    Bottom line, drink when you're thirsty. As humans, we've adapted our sense of thirst remarkably well. There is no magic in 64oz or any fixed number for that matter. Obviously taking in water over a beverage with calories is great and if it can help you feel full for no calories, all the better, but it has no magical properties beyond that.

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ALPHASENIOR 3/18/2012 2:27PM

    I just don't know.

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BOSS61 3/18/2012 1:38PM

    Update:

I have resigned myself to getting up once during the night: the price I pay for a girlish figure!

If I do not get up at all, I had too much sodium and will pay the price on the mean scale.

If I get up twice, the nice scale will reward me in the morning.

But I am used to the water. Usually I have three 24-oz bottles a day. That's NINE cups.

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MISSLISA1973 3/18/2012 12:58PM

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It's been a couple months since you wrote this, so I hope by now you have begun to have a little better luck. emoticon

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ELIZABETH-H 3/1/2012 5:50AM

    Spare a thought for some of us with a hormone deficiency and have to get through 20(UK)pints a(24hr) day which would be your equivalent of 320oz hehehehehe drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day is childs play lol xx

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REBECCA180 2/25/2012 3:42PM

    Maybe the scientist in you will study up on all this water consumption advice. Personally I feel heretical in suggesting (especially here on SP) that it may be a myth, needing 8 glasses a day.
I understand the point of drinking a glass of water (even though you're not thirsty) to fill you up, thus curbing your appetite.
I also understand that I'm going to drink loads of water, when I'm sweating like a pig for an hour.
I'm going with my instinct on this one. I'm over 50 and I can't count all the health advice that's been debunked over the years. I love water, I have no problem drinking it, but I'm not going to make myself uncomfortable either. So maybe if I drink gallons, I'm going to loose weight a little faster, but to me that's not worth it. I'm loosing a very reasonable amount of weight, drinking what I think is a very reasonable amount of water.

A quick google on the topic brought up these articles.
http://www.sciencedail
y.com/releases/2011/07/11071219
0822.htm
http://www.guardian
.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/13
/myth-eight-glasses-water-dayR>http://gawker.com/5821416/eig
ht-glasses-of-water-a-day-is-nonsense

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REBECCA180 2/25/2012 3:41PM

    Maybe the scientist in you will study up on all this water consumption advice. Personally I feel heretical in suggesting (especially here on SP) that it may be a myth, needing 8 glasses a day.
I understand the point of drinking a glass of water (even though you're not thirsty) to fill you up, thus curbing your appetite.
I also understand that I'm going to drink loads of water, when I'm sweating like a pig for an hour.
I'm going with my instinct on this one. I'm over 50 and I can't count all the health advice that's been debunked over the years. I love water, I have no problem drinking it, but I'm not going to make myself uncomfortable either. So maybe if I drink gallons, I'm going to loose weight a little faster, but to me that's not worth it. I'm loosing a very reasonable amount of weight, drinking what I think is a very reasonable amount of water.

A quick google on the topic brought up these articles.
http://www.sciencedail
y.com/releases/2011/07/11071219
0822.htm
http://www.guardian
.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/13
/myth-eight-glasses-water-dayR>http://gawker.com/5821416/eig
ht-glasses-of-water-a-day-is-nonsense

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STANBUSH 1/10/2012 2:26PM

    So, if the package says 'this plant needs at least 2 inches of water per week"... would you dump 104 inches on it and figure you were covered for a year? The purpose of the water isn't just about drinking water. It does alot of things. It makes your stomach feel full, therefore curbing your appetite... reducing the desire to 'pound down a burger'. While it does help cleanse your entire system, it doesn't really do a good job of that if it's flushed too quickly. Think of your guts like a coffee pot. Do you dump water in, then dump it out quickly to clean it???? Or do you slosh it around for a bit so it can collect more 'stuff'. I'm not a doctor though, so you might ask one. And my opnion is...the "pound it down" concept is what got us where we are at in the first place. Grab whatever is available and stuff it down...rather than enjoying it for what it is, sustanence for your physical body.
My PERSONAL experience was this... Yes, I went to the bathroom alot more frequently at first. But as the weight came off, my metabolism went up, and my sugar levels became more normalized and my kidneys weren't working overtime to get excess junk out of my system.... my trips to the bathrom at night because less frequent. In November 2010 I was getting up two, three...maybe four times a night. Now... I very rarely have to get up even once. And that's usually around 3:45AM. That's right before I have an alarm that is supposed to wake me up at 4AM to GO TO THE GYM.
Two things are going to fix this. Diet and Exercise. Everything else pales in comparison.
Good luck. You CAN do is...I know you can. emoticon

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BOSS61 1/10/2012 8:12AM

    Thanks to all for their insights and advice. Ever the scientist, today I will try more the tortoise approach to water chugging. Will advise...

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LPETRO119 1/10/2012 7:45AM

    It's probably better to spread it out through the day - but if you're waking up during the night to go, I'd stop drinking a few hours before bed and see if it helps. I agree with AZURE-SKY, you may be shedding a bit of water weight, too - once you're over this stage the "midnight runs" may stop ;o)

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/9/2012 11:48PM

    oh! and my iPhone 4s picks up the wi-fi in my throne room just fine, much better than the 3G ever did... not quite like having the bathroom wired for the bathroom, but close!!

This is from an old contest (long over!!) http://www.icbe.org/2007/02/05/roto
-rooter-contest-update/

http://photobucket.com/images/b
athroom%20computer/ another funny collection of photos... I didn't see all of them but within the first 55-60 there are several that have computers right in the restroom (the rest are just home photos of "bathroom next to/near/computer room" type shots.).

Enjoy!



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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/9/2012 11:13PM

    Well... I've been such a waterbaby for years before I found out about SparkPeople, so they were pretty much preaching to the choir. I have this blue glass now (didn't know I was getting a pair of them as a "free gift" for buying herbal teas from Gevalia years ago and Gevalia called them "Tall Iced Tea Glasses".) that I drink out of and it is 24 ounces from top to bottom. I will generally have 2 of those glasses full in the morning when I get up - with a little NACV in it (Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, although I've read some like to use lemons)... and so that usually gets me on the can a few times in the morning doing most of the detox processes (#2) and not so much of the #1.

But... my husband... he has his BP meds and that diuretic keeps him running when he takes it in the morning... and so drinking a lot of water doesn't seem to affect him having more bowel movements in the morning like it does with me - plus he has to go to work in the morning, so there's more struggles involved for him to drink lots of water.

So I'm guessing part of this is his aging process as well (he laughs about a recent all-day off-site meeting evidently planned by some women who didn't find a convention facility with PLENTY of men restrooms for all the engineers at the meeting... and some of the frustrated older guys his age were waxing eloquent about the hazards of "only scheduling one 10 minute break in the morning, not enough restrooms, and being in a room full of men with prostates the size of oranges!!".... they were NOT happy campers!!).
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As for the night time... uh well.... I try to lay off the water before bedtime, but I've had to interrupt my sleep since long before my baby was born (people were asking me if the baby was sleeping all night? and I was like, why? I haven't slept all through the night for years before he was born, so I'm still not sleeping through the night now, either?! but they were assuming I was bottlefeeding him, and I wasn't, and so both of us were up frequently. Oh well.).

Don't know if any of this helps, other than that you're not all alone in this!!

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Julia

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1CRAZYDOG 1/9/2012 10:01PM

  Well, I tend to drink my water throughout the day as well. I had to chuckle as I hadn't thought of it that way, but I'd rather have "the slow steady sprinkle" vs. the flood associated with the water drinking. I do think it is reasonable to think that you're also losing water weight.

Good luck, and keep on drinking!

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CAMOGIE3 1/9/2012 9:30PM

    At the risk of sounding like a brat, would you rather have a torrential downpour with flooding or the same amount of rainfall as a slow steady rain so the ground can absorb it?

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AZURE-SKY 1/9/2012 8:10PM

  If I chug-a-lug a big glass of water, I'm in the bathroom less than 30 minutes later & sometimes I have to run there. I'm female & nearly 60.

However, if I keep a large insulated bottle of water with me and sip from it all day, I can drink a 28 ounce bottle just before I go to bed and not get up until 6 AM the next morning. I don't make as many trips to the bathroom during the day either. I'm just guessing, but maybe the water has enough time to get into my system if I sip it regularly instead of all at once. I often drink 100 or more ounces of water every day.

Another thought - since you're just starting to drink a lot of water, it's possible that you are losing some water weight that you had before, especially if you used to eat a lot of salty foods. So you're probably passing more than amount of water you're drinking each day. It might subside as your body gets used to it, and your body has flushed (no pun intended) all that water weight out.

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