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BelovedImzadi
01-12-2009, 01:30 PM
I live in the high desert and weigh 313 pounds. According to water calculators that means I should be drinking 5.2 liters of water a day! I'm trying, I really am, but I hate it. I am in the bathroom all day and wake up 2 - 3 times a night to go.

I'm not a big fan of water anyway. I put stevita in it to make it a little more palatable, but it still is not fun drinking all that water.

Before this I drank nothing but Diet Coke. I would maybe have one - two glasses of water a month. Otherwise it was all Diet Coke all the time. I am now down to 2 glasses of Diet Coke a day and up to 4 liters of water.


joyencourages
01-12-2009, 01:54 PM
Good for you drinking all that water. My chiropractor says half your body weight in ounces. That works so well for me. I went to the bathroom alot at first too. It felt like all the time. It is much better now. Give yourself some time. You are so smart to change to water. I read that the body perceives the diet drink as sugar and treats it like that and puts on more body weight because of it. What have you read to make you stop drinking diet drinks?
Joyencourages

JazzyNurse
01-12-2009, 02:02 PM
I like water, however I do grow tired of it at times. I like to add mint leaves and sliced cucumbers to a huge glass and let it sit for a few hours before I drink it. Sounds odd, but it gives it a reall good taste! IMO.


Lovely
01-12-2009, 02:08 PM
5.2 liters? Call me crazy, but that seems like a bit much, even if the calculators say that's what you're 'supposed' to be drinking.

I just did some calculations... 5.2 liters is 175 fluid oz. 175 fluid oz / 8 fluid oz... That's 21 cups of water a day... That is too much. Especially since all liquids add up. Diet Cokes, coffee, etc. You might want to consider slowing down the water just a little bit.

That being said, I think the steps you're taking are great. Cutting down on the diet coke and adding the water.

HadEnough
01-12-2009, 02:16 PM
I have heard, you should drink 1/2 your weight in water (i.e. if she is 350 #, she should drink 175 ounces of water, which is roughly 5.3 liters).

Personally, I weigh 257 and I drink at least 100 ounces a day...and I think that is a lot. I don't hink I could drink anymore than that, so how you are choking down 5.3 liters without floating away is beyond me. I think that is too much also.

Lovely
01-12-2009, 02:20 PM
I have heard, you should drink 1/2 your weight in water (i.e. if she is 350 #, she should drink 175 ounces of water, which is roughly 5.3 liters).

I've heard such things, too, but I'm unsure if they're based on people of average weights.

A lot of times these aren't just "water" per day, either, but "liquids" per day, which is an important difference. We get a lot of fluids and liquids from the foods we eat (veggies/fruits/soups, etc.), not just what we drink.

And I don't want to freak people out into not drinking water. But medically you can drink too much water... it can cause kidney failure. Again, I don't want people to avoid drinking water, but a person can drink too much just as they can drink too little.

Here's a MayoClinic article about water: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

booklover
01-12-2009, 03:57 PM
I weigh the same as you, and let me tell you that drinking water is the best possible thing you can do to lose weight. It helps flush out fat and aids your body in disposing of metabolic waste. It fills you up, so you are not as hungry. Plus, it's free.

It takes some getting used to, but before you know it you won't want other beverages as much as you used to. Diet coke contains a ton of sodium which makes you retain water. Not good if you want to lose weight.

The bathroom trips are annoying, but remember that the water is helping your body get rid of toxins. Try drinking the water throughout the day, say ever 2 hours or so, and then drinking only water with meals.

When I stay on course and drink my water, I find a noticeable difference on the scale at the end of the day. When I fall off the wagon, I also notice that I'm not drinking as much water as I should.

Good luck to you. Hang in there!

mandalinn82
01-12-2009, 08:01 PM
My rule of thumb is what my doctor recommended...drink enough that your urine is very pale yellow. If it's dark, you're not drinking enough and need to drink more. If it's completely clear, it's too much and you're just flushing it through you.

BelovedImzadi
01-12-2009, 09:05 PM
The other question is, what's your body saying? If your body says it's too much, maybe scale it back a bit. Also, I agree with the point being made that we're getting liquid in our food and if we're drinking other things besides water. There's a lot of things you can do for flavour without adding artificial sweetners. Sometimes I cut juice down quite a bit, if you're drinking juice. Or lemon slices, lime slices, other fruit, green tea.

Actually stevita isn't an artificial sweetener. It's a herb that is sweeter than sugar and has no carbs or calories.

Glory87
01-12-2009, 09:05 PM
I was never a big fan of drinking huge amounts of water. I drink a glass with lunch, a glass with dinner, a glass after I work out and a couple cups of tea in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Didn't stop me from losing 70 lbs or keeping it off for almost 4 years.

There are a lot of factors for weight loss. It's hard to master every facet. Pick your battles. If you hate drinking so much water, well, don't.

RN BSN 2009
01-12-2009, 09:08 PM
Yes I think those counters are made for generally average weight people. Once you get up to higher weights the amounts are out of control. Just go by off of what your urine color is.

Beautiful Ace
01-12-2009, 09:15 PM
While I was researching about drinking water, I came across this. Your body needs to get used to drinking that much water. Eventually you will stop going to the bathroom as much!

kelly315
01-12-2009, 09:21 PM
Science is still fairly unsure of how much water we actually need. In fact, there have been a few recent studies saying we're drinking too much water, and that it might have adverse side effects.

Any good diet or exercise plan is aiming to keep you hydrated. It is very easy for humans to live below the healthy level of body hydration, and to get to that level, we sometimes have to remind ourselves to drink more often than we are thirsty.

However, you don't need to flood your body to get hydrated. Drink a glass or so with meals, then get in a couple of more glasses through out the day. There's really no need to drink this much.

While keeping your body hydrated will help keep you healthy (make it easy for your organs to get the water they need to run well, and remove some of the toxins from your body), there's no evidence that a ton of extra water will make you lose weight.

If anyone has any studies saying otherwise, I'd be more than happy to take a look at them.

BelovedImzadi
01-12-2009, 09:47 PM
I'm thinking about changing it up some and drinking more mineral water. I saw some guy on TV put a little bit of candied ginger and mint leaves into mineral water and let it sit over night. I thought that sounded really good. I doubt the candied ginger would add enough calories to worry about.

delafax
01-13-2009, 07:11 PM
I manage to get enough water by drinking hot tea. I started by using a sweetner but now I drink it plain. It's all what you get use to I think. I LOVE Coke and hated the taste of Coke Zero. After making the change to Coke Zero I am now used to it. A regular Coke tastes very , very sweet to me now.
Marge

beerab
01-13-2009, 07:41 PM
My rule is this- if you are thirsty- drink water- end of story.

I don't know how much water I do drink- but it's pretty much all I do drink, occassionaly some milk, rarely some juice.

I love water and that's the only thing I'll drink if I'm thirsty- four liters of water sound like too much water to me and yes I look at my pee and it's always pale yellow- except one time when I was taking these vitamins- omg I thought I was radioactive! lol.

migotokokoro
01-13-2009, 07:46 PM
I have to use the restroom a lot too. It's just something I've had since I was young, and I drink a LOT of fluids on a daily basis. I'm not fond of it either, but it's better than retaining and keeping it all in. If you keep drinking water, over time your body will get used to it and not mind it so much. It may even have a problem going without water. I was on a diet once where I gave up all junk food and was eating healthy. I did that for 4 months, and then my birthday came up and junk food sounded disgusting. I'm sure your body just needs time to adjust to the changes you're making.

Newshinyme
01-15-2009, 04:17 PM
Adding things to flavor your water is a great thing. I like cutting up a lemon into thin slices and dumping them into a big jug of water, after a few hours the water tastes all nice and lemony and no need for sweeteners.
Be careful with the mineral water, it can contain a ton of sodium that would just make you retain water (just like someone else said here). There are some brands that are low sodium, I think Pellegrino is one, but you'd have to check the label to be sure.

GypsyLove
01-17-2009, 02:22 PM
Hi, I don't know if I shold create a new topic but it's pretty close to this one. I'm trying to also get enough water in and somtimes it's just more convenient to use tap water instead of all of those water bottles. I know bottled water is supposed to be better but is it really that bad if I drink half of my water from the tap? I've tried using a brita water pitcher but it's a pain to carry a huge container of filtered water around with me all day. What do you all do?

kaplods
01-17-2009, 02:54 PM
Often bottled waters are just other city's tap water, sometimes not even filtered.

Tap water is cheapest, and the most eco-friendly. Your health department can tell you what your city's water safety rating is. I've only ever lived in one city in which there was a significant contaminant, and it was nitrates or nitrites (naturally occuring, because of certain minerals in the ground). My parents had a special filter installed right onto the tap in the kitchen.

Lovely
01-17-2009, 05:13 PM
Hi, I don't know if I shold create a new topic but it's pretty close to this one. I'm trying to also get enough water in and somtimes it's just more convenient to use tap water instead of all of those water bottles. I know bottled water is supposed to be better but is it really that bad if I drink half of my water from the tap? I've tried using a brita water pitcher but it's a pain to carry a huge container of filtered water around with me all day. What do you all do?

I always drank tap water at my parent's house... and then used tap-made ice cubes to cool it. And I turned out okay. :dizzy: :lol:

My hub hates tap of any kind and so we got ourselves a water cooler and buy the big bottles and then recycle them. However that's not for everyone.

They have filters that attach directly to the tap faucet. If you're concerned, or want to filter your water, invest in the faucet filter (brita/pur) and just replace the filter every 3 months (or however often it's needed). Then you won't be lugging the pitcher. You can make ice cubes from it, too. So that you can cool the filtered tap with filtered ice.

JulieJ08
01-17-2009, 11:32 PM
I have a Brita filter on the top shelf of my refrigerator - it's a box-type thing, about a gallon size, with a spigot, so I get water easily.

I love it - I don't know that my tap water is bad for me, but it tastes bad. Brita makes me *want* to get more water. I can taste it when it's time for the filter to be replaced.

BelovedImzadi
01-18-2009, 12:28 AM
Sadly we can't drink our tap water, even with filtering it. Our water has arsenic levels 5 times the safe limit. Regular filters don't get heavy metals out, so it is basically unpottable (that doesn't stop the city from charging for it, though). It is supposed to be fixed sometimes around 2012 (yay?). Even the cats get bottled water here.