For me it's like the opposite of water intake. Even decaf dries me out so bad it's worse than not drinking anything at all. I love coffee so much that I have it anyway, but I have to drink twice as much water as usual on top of that in order to feel reasonably hydrated.
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it better count as water, otherwise i'd dry up and crumble and blow away, since that's mostly what I drink - coffee and tea.
I really don't drink a lot of plain water. But I am definitely very well-hydrated. So long as my non-water beverages aren't derailing me calorie-wise with added fats and sugars, I choose not to worry about exactly how close to pure-unadulterated-water my drinks are.
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that depends on why you're tracking water consumption. ultimately your body will take water out of anything that has water content, soda included. so if all you drink is soda, your body will filter out the water from the soda and use it. if all you drink is coffee, your body will filter out the water and use it. on that end, pretty much everything you eat has water content and your body will filter it out and use it. but if your purpose in tracking water is to make your body have to filter out less crap to get to the water it needs or to decrease your calories by swapping other drinks for water then counting coffee might not really contribute to those goals. so why are you tracking? points on the tracker? because it's there? less work for your liver? an easy way to save calories? look at why you want to track and see if coffee contributes to that goal or hampers it and that should be your answer if it counts or not.
I do not count any caffeinated beverage towards my water. I also do not count any sweetened beverage towards my water. Unless it is water, I don't count it as water. Just because it's made using water, does not make it water. Coke and Pepsi are made from water, you wouldn't count that, would you?
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7/31/14 8:23 A
As those stated before me, I'll count the non-caloric portion of the coffee towards my water intake, but any milk or sugar needs to be counted as food. Contrary to common belief, coffee only dehydrates you 1/4th of the portion drank, so in the long run it's hydrating.
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6/25/14 12:20 P
Short answer: Yes, you can count it. It hydrates you.
Longer answer: I personally only count non-caloric beverages toward my water intake (which is pretty much all I drink anyway). So I do count my tea (which is caffeinated) and my fizzy water, but I wouldn't, for example, count a latte from Starbucks. That's just my own personal rule--if you want to count those, too, you can.
The important thing isn't that you get those eight glasses of water, but rather that you are sufficiently hydrated, and you can judge that by your urine color. You want it to be about the color of lemonade. If it's clear, you're overly hydrated; if it's the color of apple juice, you're somewhat dehydrated.
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