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12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day

Water Tactics that Help You Get in Your 8

Eight glasses of water every day? No matter how you pour them, that’s a lot of liquid. We're talking cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily quota—increased fat burning, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion, fewer cravings—doesn't make drinking it (or dealing with increased bathroom visits) any less of a struggle for many of us.

If you feel like you're barely treading water when it comes to drinking your water, don’t despair. There are lots of little secrets—time-honored tricks that those elusive "water drinkers" use—that even you can try to transform yourself into an H2O-guzzling machine.

For best results, try the two that Spark your interest immediately, then add one each week until you’re getting all the water you need. And remember, there is no magic number. The recommended eight cups a day is not a one-size fits all. You’ll need more if you’re sweating through workouts; less if you eat a lot of water-rich fruits and vegetables.

1. Try comfort water
This is a great tactic for coffee and tea drinkers. While you’re waiting for the coffee to brew, nuke a glass of water (or herbal tea), squeeze in a bit of lemon and sip while you wait. Try another cup of warm water after you’ve had a mug or two of coffee. Hot water is also a great treat on a cold afternoon or evening. Invest in a new kind of herbal tea every time you grocery shop until you’ve found a couple that are just right.

2. Tag your water bottle
Splurge on the perfect reusable water bottle. Whether it's your favorite color or a unique design, the more you bond with your bottle, the less likely you'll be to lose it. Slap an inspirational sticker or image onto it, or even write on it with a permanent marker. Now you're ready to drink from it throughout the day—don't forget to refill it as soon as it's empty.

3. Sip up
Gulping all that water can seem daunting. So get a package of straws to slowly sip it instead. You can even pick up a water bottle with built-in straw.

4. Become a connoisseur
Think of water drinking like wine tasting. Taste the various brands and types of bottled waters available (sparkling, spring, mineral, vitamin-enhanced, reverse osmosis, filtered, fruit-flavored, etc). Be sure to read the labels as some "waters" have significantly added calories. Many bottles of water contain two to three cups of water.
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Member Comments

  • Drinking water while driving can be tricky. It doesn't work for me. - 11/22/2015 2:50:08 PM
  • I find if I get 1/2 of my water quota in before lunch, I'm good for the day. I drink water with every meal and I enjoy a sparkling water or herbal tea in the evenings. - 11/22/2015 9:39:56 AM
    I struggle to get in 8 glasses of water a day, but, have increased the number of glasses I do drink. I think I will try the warm water drink with herbal teas. I understand that it is a great relaxer before bed. - 10/9/2015 1:48:50 PM
  • Hooray! Drinking puppies is good for you! That's the message of the picture posted with your article, yes?

    Please ... take the moment to quality review your posts on G+ before clicking "Publish" or "Send". Your member readers who want to share your articles (but don't want to seem like they're forwarding spam because the picture doesn't match the title or blurb text) will thank you for it.
    - 8/18/2015 10:43:56 AM
  • Found, when possible, exercising near bodies of water always makes me drink more...running by the ocean, walking along the lake or river shore, etc. - 7/18/2015 2:32:13 AM
  • THANKS!!! Just the article I needed! - 6/25/2015 10:32:48 PM
  • Please don't leave bottled water in your hot car and then drink it. BPA levels in your plastic bottle are harmful when your car is over 120 F. - 6/25/2015 10:27:46 AM
  • I place 2 or 3 chunks each of pineapple and strawberries in 3 cup container filled with filtered water; let it steep for 18-24 hours. Pour into water bottle along with a couple of the pieces of fruit & drink up! This is a great combination of fruits & makes the water taste so-o-o good! This is my substitute for plain, old boring water. - 6/25/2015 9:53:36 AM
    Not gonna lie -- I struggle with my water intake at home. At work, I'm much more successful. We have great filtered water and tons of ice, so I just force myself to drink water all morning. That way I know I have my half-my-body-weig
    ht in by 2 at the latest. - 6/25/2015 9:49:09 AM
    My dietitian says, it does not HAVE to be water, any and every liquid you take in counts, and NO magic about 8 glasses!! Some people will develope kidney issues trying to force that much down!! It's an old fashioned rule. Please refrain from pounding it in stone. I hate water, I drink coffee day and night, sips, not cup after cup. It's still OK! - 6/25/2015 5:26:20 AM
  • The "eight glasses" recommendation was based on a 1942 guideline for soldiers. I try to drink at least 5 glasses, knowing that my foods have water in them as well.
    - 4/25/2015 7:20:52 AM
    I always try to drink 8 oz in the morning with my morning pills and to wake up and sip on 8 oz at night while in bed playing phone games/watching TV. (I have to keep a little bit of water on my nightstand as my blood pressure pills make me cough a little bit.) I have my own 12 oz plastic glass at work and a marked 24 oz water bottle that I fill in the morning (1 full water bottle + 1 glass + ice cubes (4 oz when melted, which ALWAYS happens) = 40 oz. That's 56 oz without counting lunch and dinner. If something is caffeine/calorie free, I'll allow myself up to 24 oz of that per day, but mostly pure water. Fortunately I'm not tied to a desk so I'm able to go potty whenever the need strikes. We like to to go to the casino and I'll drink soda while there, but I'll alternate a cup of water with every cup of soda (and make sure I count the calories!). - 4/24/2015 10:13:56 AM
  • Add mint, cucumber, or lemon... or all three to your water! Its good for you! :) - 1/26/2015 1:54:08 PM
    I like drinking water, especially heated water. Sometimes I add honey to it, sometimes I add cinnamon or there are times when I add both. Water added to food would also count then such as using a cup of water to make oatmeal. - 1/20/2015 9:45:46 AM
  • I have trouble drinking water as I should. To make it a little easier, I use a reward system. I fill at least a 32oz container with water and when I finish it, since I am a Diet Mountain Dew lover, I reward myself with a glass or 12oz can of Diet Mountain Dew. I also use Mio or other similar liquid drink mixes to make the water more tolerable. Not the best strategy, I know with the chemicals, but ideally I am working on putting less of the drink mixes each time. - 1/2/2015 10:45:14 AM

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