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7/9/08 11:02 P

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For some reason, I always find it easier to drink water from a straw. I tend to drink a lot more...and a lot faster.

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7/9/08 3:44 P

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Great article-thanx! Ive not felt like eating or drinking & hardly having any fluid at the moment but feel more bloated!!

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7/9/08 12:47 A

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emoticon emoticon Keep drinking the water everyone.

I don't know about you but it so hot out here that there is nothing else I want to drink

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7/8/08 7:01 P

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I agree with the drinking from "vases" trick. That and always keeping a pitcher of ice-cold, filtered water in the fridge to cool me down on a hot day.

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7/8/08 12:23 P

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Hi.
Thanks for the great article!
I am sitting here chugging water from my pretty pink 1 liter aluminum bottle as I type. I am on vacation now, so it's easy to drink one bottle first thing in the morning, and a second bottle a little later. During the school year (fewer bathroom breaks), I nurse the first bottle throughout the day, and down a second one when I get home.

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7/8/08 9:17 A

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I have been using a 'vase' as well, so I really got a laugh out of your post!

While I have been drinking water at with lunch for some time, I never refilled my bottle once it was empty. I have gotten to the point where I'm drinking it with every meal having replaced diet soda. It took some getting used to, but I'm really starting to notice it's my first choice almost every time.

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7/3/08 1:35 P

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It's a great article, thanks for sharing. Let's hope it inspires others as well. Now if you don't mind, I need to run to the kitchen for a refill ;-)

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7/2/08 9:53 P

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I can't really say I have a strategy. In the beginning I forced myself to drink water. Especially when I used to drink soda it was hard. I started out by pouring out small amounts of soda and having a half of glass of water. After a while I didn't even like soda anymore and just drank water.

Also the more I worked out, the thirstier I got and water did the trick. Water has helps to keep my appetite down, so first thing in the morning I drink an 8oz glass of water to start my day.

I love this article, i'm glad it motivated you- MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!

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7/2/08 4:12 P

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Ok, you had me there. After reading just the first few lines, I decided to go to the kitchen and fill up my glass.

One strategy I have adopted is using bigger glasses. It's so simple! Because usually once your glass is empty, it takes a while before you go to the kitchen to get a refill. If you have a half full glass standing before you however...
My mother always makes fun of the 'vases' my husband and I use, but it's something that has helped me to increase my fluid consumption big time. Maybe this is something that would work for others as well.

Do you have a favorite water strategy?

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Water is a Secret Ingredient
Water: The Wild Card of Weight Loss
-- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer

So in other words, water is pretty darn essential. It can even be an extremely important (and often unappreciated) weight loss factor.

Somehow, though, water is one of the most neglected parts of our diet. Some of us possibly go an entire day at times without one glass! Every part of your body is dependent on and comprised of water, and the most important parts need even more. Your brain is made up of 75% water, your blood 82% and your lungs nearly 90%.

Besides being a vital component of your body, water also helps to reduce weight. The more hydrated you are, the quicker your metabolism works. When you are dehydrated – even before you start becoming thirsty – your liver has to help the kidneys function and can’t metabolize fat as quickly. Your metabolism slows down, causing some unwanted fat to remain.

If your body is used to not getting water, it actually stores more in ankles, hips and thighs. In other words, it doesn’t trust you to keep bringing water, so it keeps what it can get, like a thirsty cactus. Once it realizes the water will keep coming, your body will get rid of the stores and you’ll lose weight!
Staying hydrated is not restricted to drinking water; milk, juice and other liquids – even some fruits and vegetables – are good sources of water. But avoid caffeinated beverages (coffee, soda), as they actually cause you to lose fluids and become dehydrated.

The recommended daily amount of water is eight cups a day, but don’t feel bad if you have neglected your water intake. Even if you constantly drink coffee or soda, you can make some simple changes to increase the water in your diet. Here are just a few ways to get more water every day:
• Find the water bottles with pop tops. They’re easier to carry around and use than twist off caps.
• Keep a water bottle in the car.
• Take a water break instead of a smoke break at work.
• Set a rule with your water glass: once it’s empty, it gets filled back up right away.
• Drink orange juice or eat fruit in the morning.
• Get two water bottles, one for work and one for home. Fill up one every day when you leave to go home, and fill up the other before you go to bed each night.
• Order water at restaurants instead of soda. Even if you have something else to drink, have water too.
• Weekends are the toughest, so be aware of your water and fluid intake throughout Saturday and Sunday. Keep more than one water bottle in the fridge so you always have a cold one.
• Follow the example of a SparkPeople member: this woman put a water glass on her windowsill with 8 pennies on one side. Each time she filled up her glass and drank it, she moved a penny to the other side, until all the pennies were moved. Great reminder system!


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