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12/5/12 1:09 P

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Some people who have trouble with water intake, or who experience bloating, are actually having a hard time balancing sodium and potassium in their diets. Americans tend to get tons of sodium, but not nearly enough potassium; when the two balance each other out, your body can properly utilize water, instead of storing it. Try eating more fresh fruits and potassium-rich foods, and cutting back on salt, especially soda! There's an amazing amount of sodium in a can of pop.

Plus, you can't just wait until you feel thirsty to drink some water. It might help to set a timer on your phone during the day so that it notifies you 8 times a day, and whenever it goes off, take a break to walk around and drink a glass of water. Making a schedule out of it might help!

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11/29/12 11:20 A

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Im new here, but I always seem to have issues drinking water, and a straw doesnt help, causes me to drink at a slower rate and almost 'milk' the bottle.
Ehhhh, long road ahead!

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11/20/12 1:50 P

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when I started to drink 8 cups per day, I also had some problems. Firstly, it was hard to drink so much water as I have never been a fan of drinking. Secondly, I peed every 10 min, I woke up swollen every morning and I woke up to pee at night as well. However, I kept drinking 8 cups and after a month I got used to it just like my body. I don't have any problems and sometimes I even feel that I need more water (the days I workout I drink about 10-11 cups). Our body adapts to everything..

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3/8/12 7:19 P

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This has already been said, but the straw is a huge help. If I have to screw the top off a water bottle, I won't. Also, the sport top is helpful in quick water intake. I drink my entire cup without realizing it just because the straw is next to me... filling it up again, that's another story.

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3/8/12 11:05 A

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I too have difficulty reaching my goal of 64 oz of water a day. I find that if I use a straw, I tend to drink faster which means I have to fill up the water bottle!

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3/6/12 7:16 P

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I just thought I'd let you know that at about a month in, the water thing is getting way easier. I don't reach my goal every day, but I've stopped having to pee at night. I think one thing that helped was shifting some of my workouts to the morning. I wake up earlier and start drinking water earlier so, it isn't as much of an issue later in the day.

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3/5/12 2:57 P

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i too have an issue with drinking so much water! i also use the crystal light packages with peach mango green tea that helps boost metabolism, and i also drink carbonated water

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3/5/12 8:43 A

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I have that problem too if I drink very late. I typically get in all my water while I'm at work. After I leave to come home at 5, I drink very little more between then and bed time. The exception would be days that I work out. Then I drink another large glass of water during and after my work out and it doesn't seem to have the same problem. I also always pee right before bed.

Kari

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3/4/12 4:44 A

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i'm the same way. i hate drinking water and it's harder for me to drink water when i'm constantly moving. i always carry water with me but sometimes i don't drink water at all. to help myself drink more water i buy the crystal light packets and put that in my water. they're zero calories and there's lots of different flavors. i would suggest you try that =)

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3/3/12 8:53 P

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There are so many benefits to drinking enough water. Water helps your body sort out things that you've eaten and drinking more water will help you achieve your goals and make your body very healthy!
I try to keep a full water bottle with me at all times - I feel like I'm more inclined to drink water from a water bottle rather than from a cup most of the time. I just feel like it's more convenient.
Good luck!


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3/3/12 11:41 A

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I absolutely hate drinking water. I don't know why, maybe it's because it just doesn't taste like anything (duh) and makes me feel... sloshy inside? Haha.
But... this is a new start... so I'm trying to purposefully set down a water bottle next to me wherever I am, or just pouring out a small glass of water, staring at it in dislike, then JUST DRINKING IT. Kind of like how little kids hold their nose when they have to drink cherry cough medicine.

I'm hoping that somehow, someday I will finally come to drinking water without even giving it a second thought.

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2/24/12 9:56 A

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There are a lot of benefits of drinking water; I'm sure there's an article on here about it. I've found that the frequency of having to go slows down as I continue to drink it (maybe after a couple of weeks). I also find that I retain water if I'm not drinking enough of it (bloat), so I lose a couple of water weight pounds the first week. It can be annoying, especially waking up in the middle of the night - I know, it happens to me, too - but the benefits are worth it.

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2/22/12 5:39 P

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Your body might just be adjusting to all the water you're drinking. You could also be drinking too much for your body; 8 glasses means "technically" 8 8-oz glasses of water. Most drinking glasses in the US are either 12 or 16 oz. I'd recommend measuring yours! In addition, you get liquids from other things like fruit juices, sodas, coffee, tea or milk that you might not be able to count towards your water intake.

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2/22/12 10:39 A

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Well to help with waking up in the middle of the night I'd recommend to stop drinking water a few hours before bed. But yes, drinking enough water is very important. By the time you actually feel thirsty, your body is already in an early stage of dehydration and that's not good for you.

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2/22/12 10:27 A

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I am running into problems drinking 8 glasses of water daily. I am peeing like crazy and it's interrupting my work and socializing. Also I never used to wake up in the middle of the night to pee, but now I am and it's pretty annoying. It disturbs my GF too. Is water a hugely crucial part of this program? Can I just drink it when I'm thirsty and when I work out and call it a day?

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