Wow, thank you! That was a great response! And extremely interesting. I had no idea about the 16 oz. I always wonder if I go to the bathroom more or less than normal when I'm drinking all these fluids. Thanks for the food suggestion too! I will definitely try some of those out.
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,701) Posts: 18 2/3/11 9:12 P
I am doing okay with the water thing. I have a water bottle that holds 3 cups. I sip at it all day. I try to get one bottle finished by lunch, another finished by supper and the third is not tough at all because I drink it while I am at the gym in the evenings. I take it everywhere with me so I am sure to drink it. I even put it next to my bed at night just in case I wake up thirsty. Most days I have 9-12 cups. The constant trips to the bathroom were irritating at first but my body is getting used to it so I have to go less often. My doctor told me that the average human bladder can only hold 16 oz. That means you should be having at least 4 potty breaks in a day.
While you are waiting for your body to adjust to the increase in water here is a list of some things that can irritate your bladder making you feel like you need to go more often: tomatoes, citrus, cranberries, coffee, tea, soda, alcohol, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and spicy foods.
It might be part of my problem is I drink water too fast. Today I hit the water mark for only the second time in a row and it wasn't nearly as bad. My mom went through major weight loss a few years ago and we've both always contemplated the amount of water they suggest! However, I'm finding lately that I'm much thirstier.
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (54,831) Posts: 60 2/1/11 10:36 P
I have often had a challenge with drinking enough water even though I understand and appreciate how important it is. I'm doing better now because of the motivational challenge. I try to be strategic about my drinking if I think it will be inconvenient for me to go to the bathroom. I once read somewhere that after a awhile the body adjusts and the frequent eliminations are eliminated.
Sometimes I have to go quite often, other times I don't. A couple of things I've read will make you have to go more often: Caffeine, because it irritates your bladder. Sugar, because your body is trying to get rid of it through the urine. Not sure if sugar is an issue for everyone, or just those of us closing in on prediabetes range. Since I'm at home most of the time, it's not a bother to me.
Yep, hydration is very important, and it cleanses your system and helps the weight come off. It also helps you to feel full. I like to think of my bathroom trips as extra opportunities to get in my steps. I drink, drink, drink all day long; if I don't I feel too dehydrated.
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I've been counting tea as water. Somewhere on here I read that the eight 8oz cups of water can be tea and some other things. Unfortunately, I don't think coffee counts! I wish it did, although then I'd probably just drink more of it and that might not be so good, haha.
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,651) Posts: 2,271 1/31/11 2:12 P
I'm having a hard time on most days drinking 64 oz of water. I like to drink tea and coffee, so I know that is the reason. It's so cold here though, I need a warm drink and plain hot water doesn't sound good! I need to try harder. So far, so good today.
Pounds lost: 6.8
Fitness Minutes: (108) Posts: 7 1/31/11 12:27 P
I've been doing the water thing for almost four weeks now and I was hoping the trips to the bathroom would become less frequent. They haven't but I wouldn't give up drinking my eight cups. It really seems to help ward off hunger and I can tell a difference in my skin. Worst part is my hands get so dry from having to wash my hands every time I go to the bathroom! Small price to pay however.
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Fitness Minutes: (1,439) Posts: 103 1/29/11 2:59 P
That really irritated me to begin with, too, but pissin every hour is a small price to pay for all the benefits of proper hydration! Not what u wanted to hear, huh? lol. I am used to it now and feel dehydrated if i'm not sippin on water all day. :)
I'm really discouraged by all the water we're supposed to drink. I've read how good it is for you and the FAQ about it, but I have to go to the bathroom ALL the time. Once every hour or two. It's driving me crazy. Yesterday I only drank 4 cups (8oz) just to give myself a break from the bathroom visits. Does anyone else have this problem? Does it get better?
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