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Old 07-04-2013, 01:26 AM   #1
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Question What Drinks "Count" as Water?

Ok, this seems to be a rather silly question, but I brought in a few "show-and-tell" type items into my weight loss meeting tonight. Two were new liquid calorie-free sweeteners (one sucralose-based and one monk-fruit based), and the third item was a clear flavor enhancer similar to Mio (flavored like strawberry and sweetened with sucralose). All three came in similar bottles where you can squeeze just a little (or a lot) into your water, tea, coffee, etc. Since I avoid added sugar and cannot have aspartame, I'm always on the lookout for beverages that I can have in addition to water. Most diet drinks have aspartame in them, which I have a bad reaction to. I occasionally have Diet Hansen's soda, Diet Coke With Splenda, Zevia, (I've yet to try Blue Sky), and the strawberry lemonade from Cafe Rio, but whenever I go out I only order water or occasionally plain tea. Just about every other diet beverage I've encountered contains aspartame so that really limits my options.

To make a long story short, I held up the bottles to show everyone some new alternative sweeteners and beverage ideas, and was immediately shot down. According to one member, the only thing that counts as water is pure water, and any "fun" drinks you enjoy have to be done on top of having your 8 glasses of water per day requirement. I don't really believe in the whole 8 glasses a day thing in the first place; I do my best to stay hydrated but also don't force myself. I also drink mostly water in general; it's very rare for me to have tea, coffee, and especially soda.

I do understand that caffeine is dehydrating and that excess sugar is not healthy, but I fail to understand how adding a just little non-caffeinated, non-sugar, non-carbonated flavor to water somehow negates it as water? Does your body somehow not recognize it as water? I can't imagine that all of our ancestors even had access to pure water to begin with. And the person so adamant about pointing this out to me? He was drinking a soda from the vending machine. So what does count as water? Did he actually have some insight or am I just crazy?

Regardless, I'm not really going to worry about it, as I'm not the soda fiend I used to be.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:54 AM   #2
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I guess I'm not sure I understand the question.

There is certainly benefit to being adequately hydrated and to that regard anything that hydrates "counts".

Many people are foolish, and believe things that are not true.

For example - while I don't consider you foolish at all you apparently believe caffeine is dehydrating. It isn't. It's only a diuretic in that is has a slight increase to one's metabolism.

Of course - should you consume enough caffiene then it becomes, in effect, a diruetic.

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Old 07-04-2013, 07:17 AM   #3
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The "8 glasses of water a day" thing has been debunked by the scientific community. Food also contains water, so to reach 64oz of water daily to keep hydrated, it's not just actual water that will count. And water is water, no matter what you add to it. It's like saying broccoli is not really broccoli if you add butter to it. You still get the nutrients either way, just like you get the benefits of water, whether or not you add flavours to it.
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Oh, good grief...If adding Mio (or similar) to water means it doesn't count as water, then I would have died from dehydration long ago.

If you were to drink 8 oz of plain water and then squirt a drop of Mio in your mouth and jump up and down a bit, would you say you hadn't drunk water? Of course not. Adding Mio to water doesn't somehow negate the fact that you're drinking water.

I suggest you take the 64 oz of "water" recommendation and read 64 oz of "fluid", which I believe is what the original recommendation was (many years ago), until the bottled water companies came along and changed it.
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I'm weird in that I don't really like drinking plain water...I almost always add crystal light, mio, lemon, or berries to my water to make it tolerable. I figure it's still better than all of the diet soft drinks I was drinking.
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Freelancemomma will chime in and say she does not drink water by itself and she's lost 50 lbs. Kaplods may also chime in and say that's what got her mom so sick because of that belief of 8 glasses of water plus anything else you drink.

Member at your meeting is WRONG and frankly that kind of thinking can be dangerous for some. You did right.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #7
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Pure water is required in order to burn fat and to detoxify your body. Your body will not treat any water that has added sucralose or flavorings and preservatives as water, but will process the drink as food. The water that you assimilate from food is additional and is not counted in your 64 ounces!

For example, MiO is sweetened with sucralose, a calorie-free, artificial sweetener. To maintain color and freshness, MiO does use certain preservatives and artificial colorings and is also less alkaline. Why would you want to clean up your diet, lose weight and detox while adding something to your body that will not let you burn fat effectively and will add stress to your body?

So there is no way around it, dieters! Water is the FAT BURNER and DETOXIFIER that your body needs for effective weight loss!
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I personally try not to count my Mio and tea in my water requirements, if only because I can consume enough to give me a headache if in not careful So I try to be a good little Atkins girl and keep my artificial sweeteners to three servings, regardless of whether there are carbs, caffeine, what have you.

But that's a *personal* preference - I think any liquids that are essentially calorie free and clear (tea/coffee/water with lemon/crystal lite/whatever) can count toward our liquid tally for the day.
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Pure water is required in order to burn fat and to detoxify your body. Your body will not treat any water that has added sucralose or flavorings and preservatives as water, but will process the drink as food. The water that you assimilate from food is additional and is not counted in your 64 ounces!

For example, MiO is sweetened with sucralose, a calorie-free, artificial sweetener. To maintain color and freshness, MiO does use certain preservatives and artificial colorings and is also less alkaline. Why would you want to clean up your diet, lose weight and detox while adding something to your body that will not let you burn fat effectively and will add stress to your body?

So there is no way around it, dieters! Water is the FAT BURNER and DETOXIFIER that your body needs for effective weight loss!
This is the best well written malarkey I've seen. I'm not kidding when I say you should write ads. Verbiage like this is what seperates folks from their money. If I didn't know that everything in your post was complete nonsense I would believe it was 100% true. No kidding, I'm impressed!
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:44 PM   #10
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I think it's silly to discount liquids as "water." That person at your meeting is just spreading around rumors! I too like tea, mio, crystal light, diet sodas, etc. While I try to drink water as much as possible, as a former boredom eater it's much easier for me to stay on track if I drink a few flavored beverages. Much better than eating too much I figure

I'm hydrated just fine whatever I drink!

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Pure water is required in order to burn fat and to detoxify your body. Your body will not treat any water that has added sucralose or flavorings and preservatives as water, but will process the drink as food. The water that you assimilate from food is additional and is not counted in your 64 ounces!

For example, MiO is sweetened with sucralose, a calorie-free, artificial sweetener. To maintain color and freshness, MiO does use certain preservatives and artificial colorings and is also less alkaline. Why would you want to clean up your diet, lose weight and detox while adding something to your body that will not let you burn fat effectively and will add stress to your body?

So there is no way around it, dieters! Water is the FAT BURNER and DETOXIFIER that your body needs for effective weight loss!

Um, no. While pure water is probably best for health reasons, calories matter when weight loss is concerned.

I drink artificially flavored drinks more than I probably should, yet I've maintained my loss and I'm losing a few lbs just fine even drinking the stuff.
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I have been adding Mio/Koolaid drops to my water this whole time along with drinking the occasional diet coke and having my morning coffee. I have lost 108 lbs flavoring my water!
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I have lost 108 lbs flavoring my water!
Think of how much MORE you could have lost if you weren't so foolish with your silly flavored water!
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Think of how much MORE you could have lost if you weren't so foolish with your silly flavored water!
You mean I should be at goal by now?!? Oh the wasted time.
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Pure water is required in order to burn fat and to detoxify your body. Your body will not treat any water that has added sucralose or flavorings and preservatives as water, but will process the drink as food. The water that you assimilate from food is additional and is not counted in your 64 ounces!

For example, MiO is sweetened with sucralose, a calorie-free, artificial sweetener. To maintain color and freshness, MiO does use certain preservatives and artificial colorings and is also less alkaline. Why would you want to clean up your diet, lose weight and detox while adding something to your body that will not let you burn fat effectively and will add stress to your body?

So there is no way around it, dieters! Water is the FAT BURNER and DETOXIFIER that your body needs for effective weight loss!

Bull.......shirt. First of all no drinking water is "pure." It all has "stuff" dissolved in it, whether you get it from a spring or from a tap or from a bottle (which may come from someone else's tap).

Your body has absolutely no problem separating the water from anything it comes in with, solid or liquid. You could even get all your water requirements without drinking anything, if you ate enough fruits and vegetables (most Americans don't come even close).

Many of the food additives people are so scared of, are natural ingredients with chemically sounding names. Ascorbic acid is one of the most common, and it's Vitamin C. Another is acetic acid and that's vinegar.

Environmental pollutants and household chemicals are far more dangerous than any of the FDA approved food additives, from the vast array of toxic chemicals in household furnishings, household cleansers, laundry detergents, man-made fibers for clothing, building materials....

So if you want to live free of potentially dangerous toxins, you can't live in a modern, normally furnished home, wear normal clothes, clean or bathe with normal products....

Unless you're living naked in the woods, water additives are the least of your worries. And if you ARE living naked in the woods, water additives would still be the least of your worries.
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Unless you're living naked in the woods, water additives are the least of your worries. And if you ARE living naked in the woods, water additives would still be the least of your worries.
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