8 cups of water isn't enough for me

Friday, July 31, 2009

Today I learned that you can change the "cups of water" goal from the nutrition page under "change nutrition goals."

I changed my water goal to 15 cups of water a day. Does that sound like a lot? It actually might be on the low side of what I need.

The "8 cups of water" recommendation we have heard all our lives is based on the average person at a healthy weight and some other factors. However, most people have higher water requirements because of their weight and perspiration levels.

People who don't drink enough water can have a lot of health problems. Personally, I used to drink about 10 cups of water a day and I had a lot of trouble with my health, including problems with my vision, headaches, and strange sensations in my skin. My doctor recommended a different water requirement for me, and it has worked for me for nearly a year.

What I do is I take my weight and divide that in half, then I aim drink that number of ounces each day. We get some of our water from food, such as soups, cereal etc. I probably don't have to drink a full 20 cups of water, but I definitely need considerably more than 8 cups a day. So, I aim for about 15, and drink even more when I exercise or spend a lot of time outdoors in the heat.
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    Drinking too much water is not very good idea for me. It makes me hungry. Needless to say it is very inconvenient, I have to marry toilet bowl. So I do use recommendation of my Weight Lose Company and limit my water intake to 64 Oz daily. My philosophy is: not too little, not too much.
    4068 days ago
    Mine is set for 16 cups a day and I try to drink 1.5 gallons. Once I started that it made a big difference. It took over a week to get used to it though, but I can tell I don't retain water now.
    4073 days ago
    Oh I didn't realize you could change that on the nutrition page, lol. I just got used to seeing my little 8 oz cup spill over :) I make sure I drink atleast 9 a day, but I usually just always have water with me and drink all day. My body lets me know when I've had enough, which seems to be between 10-11 8oz glasses. I guess that's a little low for my divide my weight by two, but if I force myself to drink after my body says no more I feel ill, lol. I guess my body knows what's best for it :)

    Off to change my little glass on the nutrition page!
    4074 days ago
    I have noticed that once I started drinking 8 a day, it was almost as if my body wanted more. I didn't know you could adjust the water, that's a great tip.
    4074 days ago
  • MCOMBS01
    I'm in a nutrition class, and we learned the same thing about dividing your weight by 2 to figure out how much water to drink. I'm struggling with getting in the 8 glasses, let alone the 15 I should drink... and I have been in the bathroom constantly, but it seems to be getting less often over the past couple weeks. I'm excited when I only wake up once a night to pee.

    My husband jokes that it is a conspiracy to make sure we get in our exercise by walking to the bathroom all the time.
    4074 days ago
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    Oh, my, I've been drinking 64oz. daily now for about 5 weeks, and I have to pee very, very often. It is disrupting my sleep, even though I've tried drinking most of the water in the morning, and just a little more in the afternoon. How would I manage twice that amount? Maybe a catheter... emoticon
    4074 days ago
    hi Shick, I do use the bathroom every hour, and as long as I don't drink too much before bedtime, I don't get up to pee at night. You have to build up to drinking larger amounts of water so your bladder can get used to it.
    4074 days ago
  • BUTTONS973
    Yep that's correct. Take your weight, divide it by 2, and that's how much water you should be drinking in ounces. You got it!!
    4074 days ago
  • SCHICK66
    Wow do you live in the bathroom? I drink about 10 cups a day and go to the bathroom almost every hour. I even wake up 2-3 times during the night to pee.
    4074 days ago
    I don't usually feel thirsty either. I just try to make it a habit to drink all the time.
    4074 days ago
    I never knew that. I suffer from chronic migraine headaches that I have been able to control with Feldene, that helps with knee pain as well. Thanks for knowledge, I will definitely tuck it away and keep it. I have a hard time drinking just 8 cups aday... I'm never thirsty, but ever since I can remember I have been a huge sweater. I mean I can just be standing in a store and my forehead is just wringing wet. But I'm never thirsty...
    4074 days ago
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