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08-04-2008, 10:48 AM
Not sure where I should have posted this question, so I'll try here.

What is your average daily water intake?? I am curious to know if I am somewhat below, average or above.

Also, maybe mention your other beverages you drink through the day, but just give me the water intake amounts.

I drink two cups of coffee in the morning. Water the rest of the day, no other beverages of any kind.

Yesterday my water intake was 192 ounces! YIKES! hee hee.

I drink from a 24 ounce water bottle and constantly refill it all day long. I drank 8 of those bad boys yesterday.

Would love to know how I fit in with the rest of the water drinkers.

Thanks! gail

08-04-2008, 11:06 AM
I drink one humangous mug of coffee each morning - I don't really go to Starbucks but let's say it would be their "grande" size - at least I assume that is their largest size, and sometimes I have another coffee at work (but I try not to). I drink decaf and very weak coffee - I am pretty sure most of you would spit it out in disgust. :-)

Water - I try hard to drink anywhere between 2.5 and 3.5 litres of water a day. I usually drink more every other day (because I run on treadmill every other day) and it is easier to get the water into myself that day. So I guess I am averaging about 3 litres per day. I don't drink anything else, sometimes I buy Coke Zero on the weekend but again, I try to stay away from it.

08-04-2008, 11:29 AM
Are there 33 ounces in a liter?? So I am guessing you drink about 100 ounces of water a day?? I'm lousy at math! hee hee

08-04-2008, 11:34 AM
I drink one humangous mug of coffee each morning - I don't really go to Starbucks but let's say it would be their "grande" size - at least I assume that is their largest size

(Venti is their largest size. It's 20 oz. Not that I'm an addict or anything ;))

I drink 24 oz. of coffee in the morning, and throughout the rest of the day I drink at minimum 64 oz. of plain water (sometimes flavored w/Crystal Light-type stuff), but I usually hit the 80 oz. mark by bedtime.

And speaking of Starbucks addiction, I do get an iced Venti Americano once a week or so. It's 4 shots of espresso in hot water with ice, so that's more water.

08-04-2008, 11:37 AM
I try to drink 8 to 10 8-oz. glasses of water per day. That's what my doctor has recommended.

I drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning, 2 cups of tea during the day, 2 8-oz. glasses of half-seltzer-half-diet soda, and sometimes a tall iced coffee, unsweetened, from Starbucks. I tend to count these separately from my water intake, but some say that's not really necessary.

This isn't something where more is better. If you're getting the 64 to 80 ounces a day, you're doing fine. There is such a thing as drinking too much water.


Hat Trick
08-04-2008, 11:43 AM
Some days I drink more; some days I drink less. I try to pay attention to my thirst level and also to my, um output ;) color. If it's light or even colorless then I'm drinking enough.

I'm w/Jay -- too much water can be a bad thing. 192 oz. in a day sounds like a whoooole lotta H2O to me! :)

08-04-2008, 11:48 AM
Like Hat Trick, I don't have any absolute goals for water intake. Some days I drink a lot, and on other days much less. It depends on my thirst and my (as Hat Trick called it) output color.

08-04-2008, 11:51 AM
Snope's take on the eight glasses a day rule: The "8-10 glasses of water per day" is a rule of thumb, not an absolute minimum, and not of all of our water intake need come in the form of drinking water.

Go to snopes web site and add this to the address: /medical/myths/8glasses.asp for the full story.

08-04-2008, 12:22 PM
(Venti is their largest size. It's 20 oz. Not that I'm an addict or anything ;))

Thanks, Caroline. This shows clearly how good I am at the Starbucks terminology. :?:

So I guess I drink about 19 oz coffee in the morning, sometimes a bit more at work, and I am averaging 100 oz H2O (= 3 litres).

08-04-2008, 12:43 PM
i drink 3.5-4 litres a day....
guna try not too drink too much late at night...
irritates the **** outta me getting up to pee!....

08-04-2008, 12:48 PM
How can too much water be bad??? Just curious??

08-04-2008, 12:52 PM
Too much water flushes out too much of the vital salts that the body needs to function. In 2002, a marathon runner who was only drinking water collapsed and died. The cause of death was hyponatremia, which means that her body ran out of sodium. Here's just one reference:


Sodium isn't the only salt that can get depleted--potassium is another one that's very important. These salts and others are called "electrolytes."

That's why athletes drink Gatorade or other electrolyte-replacement drinks.


08-04-2008, 12:52 PM
Too much water can lead to water intoxication! I think it takes a whoole lot however.


Edit: looks like jayell beat me to it :lol:

08-04-2008, 01:29 PM
If you drink too much water too quickly, you will drown... kcra.com/news/10775448/detail.html

I try to drink 64oz (8 x 8oz) per day.

08-04-2008, 01:30 PM
Well since I am not an athelete and won't consume huge amounts of water in a short time, I think I am safe.

08-04-2008, 01:49 PM
If you drink too much water too quickly, you will drown... kcra.com/news/10775448/detail.html

Well, you can die, anyway. Drowning comes from water in the lungs, and you can't oxygenate your blood. This just causes your blood sodium concentration to be too low, which is verra verra bad for the brain. Daily science done for the day ;) Everyone go out for recess now :carrot:

Redheaded I am
08-04-2008, 02:39 PM
Mornings I have my home version of an iced mocha (1/4 cup coffee, 3/4 cup skim milk and 1 Tablespoon light chocolate syrup), as well as a cup of water with breakfast. While I'm at work I drink only water. I have a 16-oz travel mug, and I usually drink 4 of those--more if I work late. That's my 64-ounce minimun right there, so I don't usually count beyond that. At home I drink mostly home-brewed ice tea (and lots of it), but try and work in plain water on the weekends. Once in a great while I share a diet Pepsi with my son (usually at a movie), or I treat myself to a nonfat iced mocha/coffee from a coffee shop.

08-04-2008, 02:48 PM
Here's my average daily intake of liquid:

20 oz DD coffee (black) in the mornings.
2.2 liters of water over the course of the day (I have a large container on my desk that I fill up first thing in the morning and use to fill my glass throughout)
12 oz Diet Coke in the mid-afternoon (not every day, but probably 4 out of 5)
20 oz of water (from a bottle) when I'm at the gym (on days I don't go to the gym, I don't drink this extra water)
20 oz of water (refilled the bottle) on my way home
20 oz glass of decaf iced tea in the evening
sometimes 1 glass (6-8oz) of red wine in the evenings

And that's about it.


Shannon in ATL
08-05-2008, 03:30 PM
Okay, I have to ask about the "output color" point - it is supposed to be light or clear to show you are properly hydrated, right? I let myself get a little low on the water intake this weekend so where I was pretty clear last week I'm not at all clear today and yesterday... How long will it take to recover from that? I also weigh a little more today and show a higher percentage of BW even though I consumed a lot less... What's up with that?

08-05-2008, 04:03 PM
I don't believe in the color output theory of evaluating urine. If it's really dark or off in color (reddish, cloudy) then it means something is wrong--otherwise, if I'm drinking my correct amount, I don't worry about it.

I tend to get kidney stones, so I do pay attention--I just don't try to micromanage... :)


08-05-2008, 04:15 PM
For me the color output thing doesn't work because I take a food-based multivitamin that turns my pee bright yellow-orange. So if I judged my water intake by having clear pee, I'd wind up drinking 4 or 5 gallons a day! :D

For me, I keep an eye on how *often* I'm peeing and how much I sweat when I'm working out. And, well, how thirsty I am.


Hat Trick
08-05-2008, 04:54 PM
If you drink only one or two glasses of water a day, when you pee it w/be pretty yellow/dark because it is so concentrated. Personally, I believe this means your body is using everything you're giving it and that you are not getting enough liquid. If you drink too little there won't be much output anyway. If the color is a lighter yellow - or nearly clear if you're drinking alot - then I believe your body is adequatly hydrated. If you're taking vitamins or meds that affect the color of your urine, obviously don't go by the color. :)

Another indicator (ok, at least in my book) too see if you're adequately hydrated is the consistancy of your, um other output. Hard and really solid? Again, I think not enough liquid. Aahh, no need for further analysis -- you get the picture. :D

Shannon -- you drank less this wk and the scale bumped up a bit? The less you drink the more your body will hold onto water. The more hydrated you are, the less water your body will hold onto. Also, even though you may have eaten less if those foods where higher in sodium and you drank less, again your body is holding onto the fluid.

The whole 'color' thing -- it's just a guideline; nothing more, nothing less.

Oh the joys of trying to lose weight!

Shannon in ATL
08-05-2008, 05:41 PM
Hat Trick - thanks for the info! I don't think the foods I ate had more sodium than last week (I tend to eat the same food week after week after week - boring!), but I know I had a lot less water than normal... It seems funny to think about retaining more water the less water you drink, but it does make sense. If you have a more hydrated base to start from you don't hold on desperately to what you do drink... :-)

Trying to be healthy makes me crazy sometimes! Now that I'm getting my hydration inline I guess I have to start thinking about eating more fiber to get other things in line... :-( more to keep track of...

08-05-2008, 07:30 PM
Hello... :wave:

Drinking more water flushes out salt, so that less water is held in the tissues by the salt. It sounds opposite, but that's how it works. :)