It is 8 glasses of fluid. So water based soups, coffee, tea, as well as water can be counted. Things like caffeinated soda have a diuretic effect, so while you may count it as " water, based on it being 90 % water, drinking it will require you to drink more, which might just be what they want..lol.
This is a minimum. There will be no problem if you drink 12 glasses a day. So if you drink a glass of milk, and 6 ozs of fruit juice, as well as 60 ozs of plain water, and some iced tea for dinner, or even wine, more fluids usually aren't a bad thing. The calories will have to be accounted for of course, so I prefer to just drink 10-12 glasses of plain water, and eat all my calories, but it all counts as " water " as far as your tracker is concerned. I boil chicken and veggies in water, and drink the broth resulting from that concoction. It will keep you hydrated, which is the reason for the 8 glasses minimum. There is no other reason. They just do not want you dehydrated, especially if you are new to improving health. As far as exercise. Every 15-20 minutes of exercise will necessitate another glass of fluid to stay hydrated. So aim for 8 glasses of pure water, and don't worry about a cup of coffee, tea, pop,or milk, except to count the calories. If you drink 12-15 it won't be a problem. You will eventually settle into the correct amount for you body after an adjustment period. If you feel thirsty, drink till that disappears. Drink a glass at least every 2 hours, till a normal pace sets in. After 3-4 weeks, you will just start drinking on a schedule, and avoid dehydration.
It really does not need to be so complicated. You won't " drink too much " consistently. Just stay hydrated.
** I do have to state that milk has quite a bit of sugar in it, and will spike blood sugars, although not quite as much as pop, or fruit juice. As a diabetic, I can't drink this at all. If I did, I would put milk in a sugary food category, like apples. As long as you get your calcium from other sources there is no reason to drink milk. I find the idea of drinking milk from another species to just be weird. Over half the people on Earth are lactose ( a sugar ) intolerant, because it isn't natural for us to be being raised on cow's milk, as we are not cows.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 8/26/2013 (07:07)
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4