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02-28-2013, 08:37 PM
There are lots of conflicting ideas out there about how much water you need for weight loss. How much do you guys try to get each day?

02-28-2013, 09:06 PM
Hello :) I am now drinking at least 32 oz of water and it has really helped me lose the lbs alittle faster. For the weeks that I was stalling (up/down up/down) I was drinking alot of ice tea with the pinky stuff and also Crystal light and not straight water. So I am thinking that even the Sugar Subs make a difference in weight flucuations :)

06-20-2013, 03:10 PM
Hey I'm new and just saw this post! :)

I'm always really curious to see what other people do in their diets and I even try their ideas out! Some work while some don't. Plus, it's always fun to try something new, right? ;)

I recently started a nutrition program that has me drinking 3 liters of water - that's the equivalent of 101 oz. I know, it's a lot!! The thing was, I was already drinking a lot of water...I cut out juice and soda years ago, but my sodium intake is still a struggle for me, even though I never realized it. Anyway, I started taking in that much water on a Monday, and I do my regular workouts of 6 days a week. I weighed myself on Saturday and I had lost 4 lbs that week! It was incredible. Now I make my husband drink tons of water with me lol

06-21-2013, 09:45 AM
I think a good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in oz of water. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you drink 100oz a day. This has worked well for me.

06-21-2013, 10:29 AM
I try to drink at least 80 oz of water a day - but really try for more. But it's all I drink - I rarely have pop or juice. I'd rather eat than drink my calories!

01-15-2014, 03:04 PM
Oh my goodness, I don't think I could take 100oz a day, I'd live in the bathroom! I err on the side of 4-8 cups (32-64oz) a day, depending on what else I'm drinking/eating. I've heard that drinking water cold sometimes helps though....

Haha, how very topical; this just showed up in my newsfeed:

01-15-2014, 03:17 PM
One thing I've read and tried to remember was that you should drink at least 64 oz plus 8-10 oz for every 25 lbs you are trying to lose. So I have been shooting for 130 oz of water a day. It sounds like a lot but that works out to about 5 bottles for me, and I can easily drink 3 or 4 just during work. I also tend to use my pee as a guide (see this (http://healthhub.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/13-HHB-1407-The-Color-of-Pee-Infographic_FNL-finalnm.jpg) chart)

Perfect timing for that link Defining! I'd be tempted to try to see how much water I lost during a workout, but they say try not to drink during and I'm fairly certain I would die attempting that lol!!

01-29-2014, 04:43 PM
....or, I guess, we could drink when we're thirsty? ;)



01-30-2014, 03:58 PM
I have a pile of water bottles from the grocery store that I fill up (the 16.9 oz ones). Most days I get at least 5 in, some days up to 7 or 8. And I don't run to the bathroom every 5 minutes either, unless I down more than 1 full bottle at a time.

01-30-2014, 05:11 PM
I try to aim for 1.5 litres (53oz) a day, which is the minimum recommended in Britain. However I don't take into account the amount of tea I drink, which is anywhere between 2-5 cups a day (about 8oz for one mug, I read).

Personally, I've found that water really helps me. I drink loads whenever I have a bottle next to me, and I believe I'm less hungry because of it. They say people confuse thirst with hunger and I believe this is genuine because hey, I sure as **** snack a lot less when I have my water :)

01-30-2014, 05:22 PM
I think the water has a couple functions...not only does it help flush the kidneys,but it helps fill us up and satisfy an oral urge so we do not nibble .
I have a glass of water with lemon beside me all the time.

02-04-2014, 01:13 PM
Well I drink whenever I'm thirsty and looking for ideas on how to spice up the water because I'm thirsty a lot!

02-04-2014, 03:24 PM
Well I drink whenever I'm thirsty and looking for ideas on how to spice up the water because I'm thirsty a lot!

I like citrus water (lemon, lime or orange slices - or a mix!) or cucumber water, especially in the summer.

03-07-2014, 03:25 PM
I don't measure my water intake at all. I just keep a water bottle on my desk all day and drink when I'm thirsty.
I go to the bathroom all day too with clear urine so I know I'm getting plenty of water.
Just listen to your body. It will tell you how much water is too little or too much.

03-12-2014, 02:08 PM
I drink about 100 oz a day (I'm also pregnant with twins) - but I know if I drank that much water while not pregnant, it would seriously curb my appetite. There's no room for food! Now it's just hard to eat at all.

03-14-2014, 07:38 AM
Supposedly, older people cannot detect thirst easily. That being said, I check urine color to figure out if I'm getting dehydrated. Dark yellow means start drinking - you're getting dehyrated. Fatigue also seems to be an indicator.

03-21-2014, 10:56 PM
I just keep a big jug on my desk and drink it all day.
I order it at restaurants as well...

I don't really use water as a weight loss aid though.
You just need it... period.

06-11-2014, 01:09 PM
I currently drink about 3 liters a day, but I'm about to up that to 4 (that's more than a gallon of water..yikes!) based on a calculation I read somewhere.

I'm going to start tracking it. I have a 1 liter bottle in my office. I used to fill it up whenever I happen to be going towards the water cooler, but now I am going to try to drink it until it is empty, log it in MPF, and then refill. I will try to drink 3 liters while at work and then a liter at home. Plus extra when I work out. We'll see if this helps at all!

06-11-2014, 01:14 PM
Water is our best friend in this battle with weight! I know that you need to drink not less than 2 litres per day, better 3. I have never counted how much i drink water because i drink really a lot)) I guess more than 5 litres per day. I can not say that it helps a lot with losing weight, but i think maybe i drink too much??

06-19-2014, 12:11 PM
I drink about 4 liters a day. This does not include water at restaurants or when I am working out with a bottle. I have a 2 liter bottle that I fill in the morning and make sure that I finish before lunch. Fill again at lunch and work on it the rest of the day. I just make sure I don't drink past 9:00 pm or I am up at night for the bathroom. Bathroom trips are frequent at first, then get less the more you stay hydrated for me.

06-29-2014, 02:38 AM
I know for sure that water makes a difference. The water in my city was contaminated for over a week and bottled water was a hot commodity. So I had to drink a lot more juices and soda than I was used to. I felt like crap. Bloated, irritable. I feel WAY better just even drinking water from the tap than I do with anything else.

07-09-2014, 02:01 AM
I try to get 2 litres of water each day.

07-13-2014, 09:39 AM
Here is an article I've kept and read every time I find myself not drinking enough water. It says that the main job of the liver is to burn fat. The main job of the kidneys is to filter toxins, but it needs plenty of water to do it's job efficiently. If the liver has to help the kidneys, it can't concertrate on it's job of burning fat. I always lose faster if I keep up my water intake. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.


08-02-2014, 12:50 AM
Hi! I try to have 8 glasses a day and more if I have coffee (at least three extra glasses per cup of water).
Tea and herbal tea are a good option as well if you're getting bored but stick to non-flavoured kinds if you can :)

As other people said above, liquids can be a calorie trap! Water and tea are honestly the way to go for me.