Weight Loss Support - How the heck do you drink that much water?!




JennieLovesKisses
04-17-2010, 09:29 PM
I have issues with drinking water, I don't drink sodas often (once a week maybe and I only take a few sips before I can't handle anymore) and I stay away from juices, but I KNOW I don't drink enough water. I borrowed one of my boyfriend's water bottles which has a measurement system on it for ouches and mL and it goes up to 32ounces.

I only drank one bottles worth of water so far today and UGH I feel sick...lol and I'm suppose to at least drink 2 bottles worth? How do you guys do it?

I don't use crystal light, but I do use the walmart brand which is a lot cheaper and low in calories. I was thinking maybe I can drink one bottle of that and then one bottle of reg water? :?:


FreeSpirit
04-17-2010, 09:45 PM
A glass of water before every meal and snack. It keeps me from eating too much because my tummy is full of water.

I don't see a problem with using crystal light to help get your water in.

JayEll
04-17-2010, 09:54 PM
I drink 8 ounces every hour that I'm up--and of course sometimes I don't remember. So it comes out to maybe 60 ounces.

An 8-ounce glass isn't very much, considering how big drinks you buy can be. It's about 6 swallows.

Other beverages do count toward your total--but in my opinion plain water is the best. I drink other beverages in addition. :)

Jay


MelloFatto
04-17-2010, 10:49 PM
Well it helps me that I keep a bottle next to me at all times. I have a mini fridge in my room with only diet green tea (zero cals :carrot:) and water.

So I won't contribute to filling up landfills, every time I finish a bottle, I refill it, put it back in the fridge and grab another and just make sure the bottle is by me at all times.

Justwant2Bhealthy
04-17-2010, 10:58 PM
I do the same ~ 1/2 to one cup at a time. I try to have some before meals and with my vitamins. My plan calls for one before and after exercising too. I always put a bottle on my side table at night and drink some whenever I wake up. I am also refilling my bottles now too; and we keep several in the fridge to chill as well. I also have some tea at least twice a day too.

You can add some lemon or lime; some crystal-lite or even a small amount of pure cranberry or other juice to your water to make it taste better.

zoritsa
04-17-2010, 11:00 PM
I don't use crystal light, but I do use the walmart brand which is a lot cheaper and low in calories. I was thinking maybe I can drink one bottle of that and then one bottle of reg water? :?:

I use those too,but I only half per bottle of water...otherwise they are way to sweet for me,but I still get flavor.It also makes them last longer and I get more water in that way.

highflyer
04-17-2010, 11:18 PM
I'm terrible about drinking water. Some days I don't drink any at all. This is one of my habits that I have to break so I'm with you there! I really need to start taking my bottle to work and drinking it. My major weakness is soda. I drink way too much of it. I'm trying to cut back to two a day but it's hard. It's one of my worst habits. But I can do it I know I can!

mmccurdy
04-17-2010, 11:27 PM
what i do is put some crystal light in it, no the whole package just a bit, and
i drink the little bottle without thinking. Also I have heard about buying a nice bottle with a straw, I like that because when you zip, you dont notice you are drinking a lot, and you dont ruin the lipstick...I looooove diet rite, I hate it in the beggining but I love all the zeros in the nutrition facts. Also try to drink the water natural temp, when u drink it cold is not as easy, hope it helps

Bless

JennieLovesKisses
04-17-2010, 11:35 PM
Thank you everyone

I use those too,but I only half per bottle of water...otherwise they are way to sweet for me,but I still get flavor.It also makes them last longer and I get more water in that way.

I also only use half, a little goes a long way with this brand lol

LouisaH
04-18-2010, 12:20 AM
I'm not a soda drinker, or juice or anything (except alcohol and coffee), besides water, so that aspect isn't a problem for me, but getting the quantity in can be. I try to drink 12 cups per day minimum. I drink a full pint water bottle after I weigh in the morning, before I exercise. Then I drink another during/after exercise--before I go down and have my coffee.

If I'm working at home, I have a pint glass (my favorite ceramic cup) that I fill and drink two or three big slugs of every time I look at it while I work, and I keep track on My Fitness Pal (the online calorie counter I use). When I go in to work, I use another pint water bottle there, and I just make myself slug a lot at a time. As soon as it's empty I fill it back up. It's good for making yourself feel full--too full to want to eat, often! I only drink tap water right out of the faucet--cold water gives me a headache and belly ache.

For those of you soda drinkers, how do you feel about the Mendota Springs waters or other flavored seltzers? Or how about putting all the money you save not drinking soda or other high cal bevvies toward a goal to reward yourself when you've broken the habit?

The only thing I don't like about drinking so much water is that I can never be more than a few minutes away from a toilet. Sometimes I'm tempted to move my desk in the bathroom to work...

JennieLovesKisses
04-18-2010, 12:27 AM
Yeah I pretty much stay away from soda and juices, like I said I can only handle a couple sips before I can't take it anymore. Its more the quantity of water I'm having issues with. I LOVE water...but it feels like Ive got an ocean swooshing around in my stomach! xD

MamaofKaida
04-18-2010, 01:13 AM
is that diet green tea stuff good and does that count toward water intake because i cant drink all that water either

JennieLovesKisses
04-18-2010, 01:30 AM
Ill have to check out that green tea one too, I love green tea.

stargzr
04-19-2010, 01:48 PM
To me it was like working out - You can only handle so much to begin with. The idea you have is a great one! That's how I started. Just work on drinking one of those every day, the worst feeling is when you feel like your belly will explode from too much water. Just slowly up it like 5 more oz a day. I seriously NEVER drank water before I started losing weight... and I'm not exaggerating. I started making a concious effort to drink more and now I'm over 100 oz every single day. Now my body craves it, lol.

I should probably add I only drink plain water, I don't like any of those flavor things.

sarahyu
04-19-2010, 01:58 PM
I use the 32 oz bottles of water and add 1 of those flavor packets. It gives the water a little bit of flavor and it's easier to drink more. I keep refilling them with my Brita faucet filter.

I've also found kool-aid has a new little fun thing. Fun Fizz is like grape, cherry or lemon aid flavored alka seltzer pellets sort of thing. They've been on sale at my local grocery so I've bought a few packages. When they go up to their regular price I'll do something else. The directions say 1 to an 8 oz glass of water but that would be way too strong for me anyway.

Good luck getting adding water to your day.

Sarah

beautifulone
04-19-2010, 02:22 PM
How about working your way up? It will give you time to adjust and you can increase the amount overtime.

Tomato
04-19-2010, 04:01 PM
You will work your way up over time, at first, you will have to remind yourself to drink. What is working for me: I have a 1.5 litre bottle (from mineral water) on my desk and each morning, I fill it up with water (I do use either electrolytes or Crystal Light to flavour it lightly) and my goal is for the bottle to be empty when I am leaving work. I take sips here and there.
If I fill up the bottle first thing in the morning, I am good. If I don't, I usually don't finish it by 5 pm. Also, it helps that if I fill it up first thing it warms up somewhat - I cannot stand ice cold water , I am cold most of the time and icy water is not exactly helping.
I drink a bit in the morning (plus I have 4 mugs of decaf coffee at home before I leave) and then I drink as I exercise and afterwards.
In summer, I usually drink more than 2 litres a day, it depends. If you keep sipping it won't seem to you that you drink a lot.

mkendrick
04-19-2010, 05:23 PM
This may sound excessive, and I did have to work myself up to this, but now it's just part of the routine.

I have 6 Dasani water bottles that I clean and refill. I have a tap water filter, and fill them after I've cleaned them. I love crystal light, but I dilute it way more than the recommended amount, otherwise the flavor is too intense for me. I use 1 packet for 3 waterbottles (16.9oz bottles). I drink all 6 waterbottles everyday, so two crystal light packets.

I clean and refill my bottles at night, spread the two crystal lights over all six, and put them in the fridge for the morning.

I drink one for every meal, so that's three down. I drink one while I'm working out, so that's four. I take one to class or work that I can sip on to make the time go by. And then I have one left over that I drink with a snack or while I'm studying or watching TV or something. Six waterbottles is over 100oz, which yes, seems excessive, but I've found it quite easy to get in the routine of. I used to never drink ANYthing. If I get a very rare diet coke or coffee or tea or anything else, I count that as one of my water bottles so I'll only drink 5 bottles for the day. If I'm simply not thirsty, I will only drink 4 or 5 bottles.

It has definitely helped with appetite control, I always feel full with meals because I have a whole waterbottle in me along with my food. Also, my skin has gotten a lot clearer in the last few weeks.

goreplz
04-19-2010, 07:29 PM
I most definitely have this problem. I used to drink about 1000 calories in soda a day. I have since cut that dramatically. But I still am not getting enough water. It just doesn't taste great to me, plus when I drink more than two glasses in a row, I feel like I'm going to die of fullness. Actually, I think I'll go drink some water right now.

JennieLovesKisses
04-19-2010, 08:25 PM
SO I've done half water with a walmart bran crystal light mix (32once) and half tap water another 32once bottle so that I'm at least getting 64ounces of water in a day. I took your guy's advice and kind of spread it out throughout the day, I had a little bit of a hard time simply because I'm not usually thirsty all day but I managed. Today I don't feel like I have an ocean inside of my stomach, but I do have to pee a lot..TMI but it happens I guess Haha.

synger
04-19-2010, 08:58 PM
I most definitely have this problem. I used to drink about 1000 calories in soda a day. I have since cut that dramatically. But I still am not getting enough water. It just doesn't taste great to me, plus when I drink more than two glasses in a row, I feel like I'm going to die of fullness. Actually, I think I'll go drink some water right now.

Two glasses in a row will make almost anyone feel full. I remember reading about starvation studies where the men had electrolyte problems because they were drinking so much water to try to keep the hunger at bay that it messed up their salt/electrolyte balance.

I tend to sip throughout the day. Every time I look at the clock and see it's been another 15 minutes, I drink another couple swallows. It adds up quickly without being overwhelming.

danitzastars
05-02-2010, 09:04 PM
I just keep a big glass full of water with me at all times and take random sips all day but i got this crystal lights packets which also help

JennieLovesKisses
05-02-2010, 09:21 PM
Oh I forgot about this post! Haha, an update on my water issues: I'm doing great so far and I'm just starting to drink a little more than 64ounces a day now!

I still add half a packet of Walmart's brand of crystal light to one 32ounce bottle, just to give it that extra flavor. :)

Oh and just to add: That having to go to the bathroom every hour or so seems to be the only funny/annoying thing about it.

TJFitnessDiva
05-03-2010, 01:34 AM
lol yeah the bathroom trips, oy! I remember when I first got up to 64ozs....my DH was a little worried that we were expecting a surprise!!

I don't go any where without my camelbak sports bottle!

aware210
05-03-2010, 01:44 PM
water makes me feel better. i don't know if my tummy is hurting.. and mine always does for some reason.. if im hungry and cant eat at the moment, if i cant sleep because im hungry or any other reason, after i work out, while i work out. when i take my vitamins. Lol all the time water makes things better for me. I crave it really. Especially if i eat bad food, all i can think of after is drinking a crap ton of water. Water makes me feel better all the time, and so i drink a lot of it. I try to drink about 64 ounces a day. I also like a lot of herbal tea.