100 lb. Club - Good info on h2O...there is so much conflicting info out there

02-26-2004, 07:14 PM
This was taken from a news letter I get from the SOBE diet called The Daily Dish!

The Word on Water

Dr. Agatston (author and creator of SOBE, and cardiologist too)always says it's more important to drink when you're thirsty instead of obsessing over how many glasses of water you drink each day. A new report from the Institute of Medicine backs this up even more: The study shows that most Americans do a pretty good job of keeping themselves hydrated throughout the day without counting glasses.

On average, women require 2.7 liters of water each day and men require 3.7 liters. Athletes and people who live in warmer climates may have increased water needs. You can tell you're not getting enough water if you develop increased thirst, dry lips and mouth, headache, fatigue, and darker urine. While getting too much water is not as much of a concern, it is possible to go overboard—some endurance athletes drink so much water that they effectively dilute their blood, putting themselves in danger of developing disorientation and nausea (and even risking death). Luckily, this is a rare occurrence that should not overly concern the average person.

To make sure you get just the right amount of water, let your thirst guide you. And remember that coffee, juices, sodas, and milk all contribute to your daily water intake, as do fruits and vegetables.

02-26-2004, 08:48 PM

02-27-2004, 01:36 PM
Just a caution on soda....caffeine is a diuretic, so it has a dehydrating effect (so does coffee and caffeinated tea). Coke & Pepsi are caffeinated (Regular & Diet). I think that Mountain Dew is also caffeinated in the US, but not in Canada. I remember reading an article that said that the regulations for adding caffeine to soda (or pop - if you're Canadian!) are different in the US & Canada. Not too sure how it works elsewhere in the world.

02-27-2004, 04:17 PM
No caffeine in MT Dew in Canada? Hubby would go crazy....lol :) He drinks it if he needs to stay awake for something!

Goddess Jessica
02-27-2004, 11:15 PM
The problem I see with this:

If I only ate when I was hungry, I'd be thin. If that's so screwed up from years of bad habits, why wouldn't this be?

How many times have you sworn that you're hungry and it turns out you were thirsty?

I'm not saying that there isn't such a thing as biological thirst. In fact, I think if you get to that point maybe it should be a signal that your habits are great. But I also don't just drink water because I'm thirsty. I also drink it to feel full, to rehydrate from exercise and give my body away to flush the bad things out of my system.

02-28-2004, 04:42 AM
I agree with ya Jessica Goddess!!!!! I have no answers though!

02-29-2004, 05:48 PM
Love the water lets drink it up .lol

03-01-2004, 03:14 PM
No caffeine in Mountain Dew in Canada??? Wow - that seems to be the only point people drink it here in the US!!!

03-02-2004, 02:59 AM
I can't have that much water, due to my kidney disease. But I encourage the rest of you to drink my fair share. :)

03-07-2004, 10:19 PM
I get terrible Pepsi cravings. If I'm physically thirsty I will make every excuse in the book to give myself permission to have Pepsi. I find that if I drink a big glass of water at regular intervals, I don't develop a thirst and I can go without the Pepsi. Personally I don't care for water but this is what I have to do to lose the weight.

03-08-2004, 01:21 AM
Jujubeee...why don't try maybe decaf tea, or even crystal light....those count toward your h20 goal!!!! Just some suggestions!

03-08-2004, 04:27 PM
Great info, Gina! I must say that I wholeheartedly agree with Jessica.....I drink all my water (100+ oz.) for much more than simply hydration. I drink it for all the reasons that Jessica named, plus as a means of staying focused on what I'm doing, healthwise. Every sip, every 20 oz. bottle, is a reminder of my healthy priorities. I'm purifying my life, baby......