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08-12-2012, 11:05 AM
I cut out soda a long time ago and have been drinking water every single day, by the gallon, so I know i'm drinking enough of that. Do you ever feel like water just isn't satisfying though? I can go a few weeks on nothing but water, but then I just NEED something else to drink. People that say you should cut out everything but water... how the heck do you do it?

08-12-2012, 11:08 AM
I figure a lot of people around here will recommend the 0-cal flavor packets. I've never used those, since they gained immense popularity around the same time I came to Japan.

Personally, I allow myself to drink other liquids–I avoid juice and soda as much as I can, but milk and coffee are fair game–but if I want to keep it plain and healthy I'll drink cold barley tea (super common here), cold green tea or cold oolong tea. Still basically like drinking water, but with enough flavor to spice it up.

08-12-2012, 01:05 PM
I drink iced coffee and iced tea with no sugar or sweetener.

08-13-2012, 08:50 AM
I allow myself to have a small glass of juice (apple, orange or cranberry) for lunch a couple of times a week. It's only a small glass but it is satisfying for me because I wouldn't have it as much and as big as I would used to have. I would sometimes have a cup of tea during the day also.

08-13-2012, 09:27 AM
You can actually drink too much water... just like most things too much of something isn't necessarily a good thing (well, except for money...) there is actually something called water intoxication... that being said I pretty much stick exclusively to water but I mix it up with different sparkling and various mineral waters with slices of fresh fruit like lemons, limes, oranges, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and even cucumber (I know it sounded odd to me at first too, but it's actually really refreshing... especially in summer) Enjoy!

08-13-2012, 09:53 AM
Have you ever tried mio it is a water additive that flavored the water and it is quite good and easy

08-13-2012, 12:13 PM
I am not sure why "people" say you should cut out everything but water. I have seen that advice, too.

"People" also say that you are more likely to be sucessful with your weight loss program if you incorportate things that you like into your diet. I would go with that advice. I think quitting soda was a good idea. Is it the soda you miss or things like coffee, tea, wine, milk? Have some and account for it. Coffee and tea should be free unless you add milk and sugar.

I like to pick and choose among the things that "people" say. Sometimes ideas are great for one person, and not so great for another.

This might be TMI, but I try to drink enough water to not be thirsty and to keep my urine dilute:o. I live in a very hot climate [especially this year] so hydratrion is doubly important.

"We, the people" are loosing weight and getting fit!:bravo: Keep up the good work.

08-13-2012, 12:25 PM
I drink 64 ounces of water everyday, plus 1-2 cups of skim milk or almond milk. I don't think there's anything wrong with drinking something sweet like 100% juices every now and then. Maybe just limit it to a cup a day?

I made the decision to stop drinking soft drinks 2 years ago. I think within those two years I've only had 2 cans, and even then I'd only finish half of a can before wanting to vomit. I think being off soda for a long time made me hate it, and thinking about how it's mainly just syrup put me off even more. If I want something real sweet, but don't want to eat any fruits, I just grab a fruit bar and eat it up. Then I'm good to go.

I say, drink what you like, but in moderation.

08-13-2012, 12:36 PM
I drink coffee, milk, tea, beer, wine, liquor, diet soda sometimes...

There's no rule saying you can only drink water. On the contrary, the benefits of tea are touted by "people" in every corner of the globe.

08-13-2012, 01:45 PM
I have 1 diet soft drink maybe once or twice a week. I find it breaks up the boring water ;) I also use Mio on occasion so it feels like I am drinking juice. I know aspartame is not the best for you, but I figure in moderation, it's better than regular soft drinks and juices with added sugar. I also drink 1-2 8oz glasses of skim milk a day. I don't drink coffee because I get heart palpitations and my heart races but I do miss it a lot!

My water intake is 8-10 8oz glasses a day, more when I am working out.

08-13-2012, 02:16 PM
I am usually one of those who also only drinks water - so I'm with you there. When I get tired of plain water, I either buy a different kind than I'm used to (I can taste differences, lol) or I put a piece of fruit like pineapple in my water to flavor it. It makes it a little different while still being healthy.

08-13-2012, 08:21 PM
Water is good for you but I would be so dissatisfied if that was all I could drink! I also drink iced tea (diet), coffee, wine (on occassion), grapefruit, orange, and cranberry juice, club soda, diet soda (very limited), Crystal Light lemonade and fruit punch, skim and whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk. I also like flavored waters like Sobe LifeWater

08-13-2012, 09:52 PM
When I went from 300 to 240 I was drinking diet soda like a fiend. I've cut back but diet soda doesn't stop fat loss dispite what some people would like you to believe.

Calories matter so if what you're drinking doesn't have calories ... it won't affect your fat loss.

08-13-2012, 09:54 PM
When I went from 300 to 240 I was drinking diet soda like a fiend. I've cut back but diet soda doesn't stop fat loss dispite what some people would like you to believe.

Calories matter so if what you're drinking doesn't have calories ... it won't affect your fat loss.

Yeah I drank it during weight loss too. Didn't effect it. I still drink it now.

08-13-2012, 11:25 PM
i've been making pitchers of iced tea (peach, green, and others) every day and i sweeten it with stevia. it's addictive, and with no calories! try it :D

08-13-2012, 11:38 PM
Tea is always good, coffee is fine, and if you like something sweet I would recommend mio water enhancers. The walmart brand is also fine and tastes good.

And this is weird, but occasionally I'll drink chicken broth (maybe once a month, maybe more when it's cold out). I find it satisfies both hunger and thirst, if a bit salty.

08-14-2012, 12:08 AM
Flavored sparkling water without sugar or sugar-free sweeteners does the trick for me. It's zero calorie, healthy for you, and feels like a treat after you get used to it.

08-14-2012, 05:56 PM
Thanks for all the responses! :) I've heard sooo many things about juice and soda, how it's bad for you no matter what, sugar and full of calories. Then I've heard good things about diet soda and how we should be drinking more juice. It's soooo confusing! I think cutting out soda was a good idea for me. Basically, I just love the tingle, the dance it does in my mouth and all the way down, haha, carbonation. Water is so plain and boring, I only crave it when i've eaten bad one day or after a workout, otherwise, it's boring and tasteless. I'll try the zero calorie flavor stuff, thanks!

08-14-2012, 07:28 PM
I like iced green tea also and I mix it with some flavored sparkling spring water I love the la croix coconut flavor but any are good to mix it up I squeeze in some fresh lime or lemon and it really tastes like a soda to me it helps a lot.

Or just put lemon or lime in your water that helps also. I get those little key limes and squeeze one of those in my water pretty much daily.

I really don't want artificial sweeteners they dont affect your weight loss but it seems for me they increase my appetite when I have them so I try to cut those all out plus they aren't healthy for you.

08-14-2012, 10:28 PM
I drink mostly water. I try not to drink many calories. I put 0 calorie sweetener in tea if I have that on occasion, and use Mio to flavor plain water. I find I like it best if I use it about half as strong as recommended. I can probably count on one hand the number of sodas (diet - I never drank regular, even when I was fat) I've had in the last 12 months. I think the important thing is to drink plenty of fluids and keep the calories from those fluids to a minimum.

I think most "people" suggest staying away from sodas because there really isn't anything good in them at all. And fruit is better than juice in that you also get the fiber. Green tea is excellent, just limit the calories from sweeteners.