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07-24-2013, 04:00 PM
How much water do you gals drink a day..And is it really that important?!?

07-24-2013, 04:06 PM
water makes a big, big difference for me. i won't lose weight very easily unless i am drinking at least 3 litres a day. I imagine it going into my body and helping to 'wash out all the corners' where fat cells and debris might be clinging.

being well hydrated helps the liver and kidneys to function (liver being an organ of metabolism. kidneys one of the systems of flushing). being well hydrated shows kindness to them for all the good and hard work they do!

07-24-2013, 05:02 PM
I drink anywhere from 36 oz. to 80oz. + per day. More on days where I work out pretty heavily, but on average at least 36oz. Our bodies retain water, and as silly as it sounds, the more water you drink, the less water you retain. My feet used to swell up at night pretty bad, and after changing from soda to water, and drinking the amount that I do, I no longer get that swelling unless I have had a sodium-heavy day.

I feel that water helps tremendously, because it helps flush out the bad stuff. I mostly just drink plain water, but if I want a little flavor I use 100% unsweetened cranberry juice or squeeze a bit of lemon into my water. I've used crystal light and a few of the others, and that works too! Just avoid sodas and juices, as those have too much sugar and would probably do more harm to your diet than help (in my opinion).

07-24-2013, 05:13 PM
Well, I think fluids are important. I try to aim for 85% of water everyday and 15% whatever (diet soda, tea, coffee, and (almond) milk. Juice too if you do that.) Don't forget, we do get some water from food as well.

My dailies usually are 6+ 16.9 oz bottles' worth of water, 1 large glass of iced coffee with almond milk, 1 to 2 diet sodas. I have a green smoothie and a couple extra bottles of water on workout days or really active like mowing, etc.

Freelancemomma on here has always said she never drinks water straight and doesn't feel thirsty (IIRC) and has maintained a 50+lb loss. Hopefully she'll chime in and correct me if I'm wrong.

07-24-2013, 05:30 PM
I've never measured it but I drink a lot. I have a water bottle that I carry with me everywhere I go. I'm pretty much always sipping on it and then full it up when it gets low. I swear my weight loss slows down when I'm not drinking much.

07-24-2013, 06:03 PM
I do not drink that much water. I dislike plain water. Plus, if I do not drink my fruit juice I get grumpy. I include the calories from my juice in my days allotment. Sometimes I drink lemonade and Vit Water but really, juice is my main source of liquid. I do not like MIO or anything that has fake sugar in it (aspartame gives me a headache. Splenda is yuck to me) so can not do Crystal light either. I do drink probably 400 calories in juice per day but for me it is worth it.

I lost 60 lbs drinking a lot of juice everyday and have lost 17 lbs since restarting with my juice.

07-24-2013, 10:55 PM
I have always had a hard time getting in water. However, this diet I started adding a lime slice to my water with ice. I really like it! So somehow last week on Tuesday I realized I had only had three Diet Dr Peppers. Usually I have at least six cans a day. So then the next day I had two, then one and now for one week no diet sodas! It's a miracle. :^: I was expecting the weight to just fall off! It hasn't! But I feel really good and less bloated. I am drinking at least a gallon of water a day.

07-25-2013, 12:21 AM
How much water do you gals drink a day..And is it really that important?!?

It's important to stay hydrated, but it's not necessary to drink plain water if you don't like it. I can't remember when the last time I had plain water was. I drink coffee, tea, sparkling water mixed with juice or flavoured with Mio, and some wine with dinner. That's it. I never keep track of how much I drink -- just follow my thirst levels and desire to sip on something. And I'm perfectly well hydrated.


07-25-2013, 12:27 AM
Freelancemomma, you drink wine? Is that during phase one?

07-25-2013, 12:35 AM
Freelancemomma, you drink wine? Is that during phase one?

Hi Aprlem- This thread was posted in the Calorie Counters forum so no phases here. I think you may have confused this with being an IP thread? :)

07-25-2013, 12:47 AM
Hi Aprlem- This thread was posted in the Calorie Counters forum so no phases here. I think you may have confused this with being an IP thread? :)

Yes, I definitely did get confused! I feel like I speak a foreign language when it comes to these threads/forums. I love reading what people write, but often find myself lost!
Thanks :dizzy:

07-25-2013, 05:38 AM
I've never been a big water drinker however it helps me with weight loss a great deal as I guess it flushes out all the toxins. I'm now drinking at least 2 litres a day.

07-25-2013, 06:35 AM
I never worried about water and lost over 100 pounds without thinking about that.

Obviously staying hydrated is important, but we get fluids from everything we drink and a lot of what we eat.

07-25-2013, 08:50 PM
In order to stay properly hydrated, you're supposed to drink 1/2 of what your weight is. For example, I'm 170 lbs, so I should be drinking 85 ounces of water a day.

Water is vital for your body to work. We're made up of about 60%-75% water, and with all the sweating we do just to maintain our core body temp, you need to replace it somehow! You could sit in a bathtub all day and soak it in through your cells, but who has time for that? Much easier to drink it. ;)

As for weight loss, drinking water throughout the day not only keeps you full and satisfied, it also cuts down on how much food you eat and flushes out all the crud. It keeps you "regular" ;) and keeps your organs working in tip top shape.

It's super, super important! I carry around a 20 oz. blender bottle I picked up at GNC. I use it every day all day, and I love it. I've gotten so used to having water around that when I don't, I get incredibly thirsty and crave water.

07-26-2013, 03:13 PM
Thanks for the answers! I too believe that water helps, I just hate trying to get it all in..I can go all day without being thirsty, so it's very hard for me to make myself drink it! I shall keep on keeping on!

07-28-2013, 11:09 PM
I tend to agree with Heather. I used to obsess about getting enough water, but I've learned that my body will let me know if I'm thirsty or not. I will say there have been times when I thought I was hungry, but found I was actually only thirsty. So, when I feel myself getting hungry too soon, I sometimes check myself by having a full glass of water. If I am still feeling hungry after a few minutes, I'll have something to eat.

I think sometimes we rely too much on what the experts say, rather than listening to our own bodies. (speaking of myself here) ;)

08-04-2013, 06:20 PM
I try to drink half my body weight in ounces of water a day. It's not hard to do at all! I am not a coffee drinker and never have been, my biggest no, no was always coke. Sugar is my downfall so I know that is out forever. Diet sodas have never tasted good to me so I have no problem there.

Throughout a lifetime of yo-yo dieting I can say this: When I eat properly I'm thirsty, when I eat junk and carbs I'm not.

08-04-2013, 07:45 PM
I'm with you on a life time of yo-yo dieting. It's ridiculous. I can't even begin to count how many times I have lost 30 pounds. :o Why is it so hard to maintain?! The thing is I usually gain more than I was the last time I started a diet (this time especially)!!! Then it comes off slower as you age. This diet, I am finally exercising and enjoying it (Leslie Sansone Walk DVDs). So I'm thinking that I can keep the walking up after I start maintaining and just plan on a lifetime of walking I can keep it off.
Oops this is the water thread! I'm drinking tons - I gave up diet dr pepper! :carrot:

08-06-2013, 11:05 PM
I don't generally like plain water, but I agree that it is important to get plenty of it! Not to gross anyone out, but my doctor told me that if my pee isn't clear then I am not drinking enough. So that's largely what I go by. I have a 1liter bottle that I fill up with water and I try to fill it up between 2-3 times a day. I mix in crystal light or mio for flavor and it gets the job done! I save my diet soda for dinner as a treat at the end of the day.

08-07-2013, 10:21 AM
I drink when I'm thirsty. I usually only drink water or unsweetened/lightly sweetened tea. On average, I would guess that I drink about 40+ oz. a day. However, you also get a lot of water from the foods you eat. Especially veggies and fruit.

tehshort1 - I go by the same thing. Urine should have barely any color to it. If its yellow, you're either not drinking enough or there is something wrong.

08-07-2013, 12:00 PM
I've read lots of things that talk about how much water we "should" drink and how important it is--but is anyone aware of any research studies on the subject?

(This is not to discount the personal stories--when you find what works for you--go with it!)

08-07-2013, 01:02 PM
I drink at 1-2 liters of water a day. I have found my weight loss is better when I drink more water. I usually add lemon juice to it on the days getting down is difficult. I also drink a cup of green tea each morning.

08-07-2013, 05:43 PM
I've read lots of things that talk about how much water we "should" drink and how important it is--but is anyone aware of any research studies on the subject?

Beth -- Yes, basically there is no research on the subject that demonstrates we all need to drink a bunch of water! Here's an article written from a research project at Dartmouth that tried to determine where that idea came from. At the bottom is a link to the actual research article (which is very accessible).

The gist is that while we need to stay hydrated, most people get plenty of hydration from all the liquids and all the foods they ingest and there is not really a need to chug water. Caffeinated liquids count too!

That said, if you like water and find it helps you stay on plan, there's nothing wrong with that either.

And you definitely should drink something when you sweat!!

And one interesting quote from the link "Valtin thinks the notion [to drink water] may have started when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council recommended approximately "1 milliliter of water for each calorie of food," which would amount to roughly two to two-and-a-half quarts per day (64 to 80 ounces). Although in its next sentence, the Board stated "most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods," that last sentence may have been missed, so that the recommendation was erroneously interpreted as how much water one should drink each day."

08-08-2013, 03:17 PM
These days, I drink between 8 and 12 glasses of water (and about 2-5 glasses of tea or coffee on top of that).

I started drinking this much almost 10 years ago when my dr said it would help with my fainting spells brought on by low blood pressure.

I used to let my thirst guide when I drank, but I think my sensitivity to thirst was off. I didn't feel thirsty often, probably only had 5-6 drinks a day. And I despised water (love it now), so rarely drank it. Now that I drink often, I also become thirsty far more often. Maybe being well hydrated became my body's norm, so now it urges me to keep myself that way?

I don't know about water specifically for weight loss (doesn't seem to matter much for me on that front), but it does make me feel healthier and more energetic.