A recent episode of The Doctors identified water intake for weight loss and the "need" for 8 glasses of water a day as myths, except for the benefit of water intake helping you feel more full (so maybe you will eat less). And, of course, you should always be properly hydrated, especially when exercising (which may mean more than 8 glasses a day).
Unfortunately, the full feeling from water only lasts 10-15 minutes for me, and then I'm still hungry. Just as unfortunately, I always exceed the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, but I will most certainly gain weight if I eat too much -- no matter how much water I drink. (Past a certain amount of water intake, I'll just feel bloated, and the scale will register extra water weight.)
Crystal light, tea, coffee, soda -- and more -- are all made primarily with water, so these count as water intake. Water itself, of course, is more healthy than some drinks, even some made primarily with water. Good health and proper hydration are important, and these are the real benefits of drinking water. For myself, however, I don't worry much about the quantity. My body signals what it needs.
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