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Neleh
07-19-2006, 11:08 AM
Just a quick question, how much water should I be drinking a day? I know it should be quite a bit and I have been drinking alot, but I want to check I am getting enough, I only drink water at the moment except for a glass of orange juice in the morning, is that good for my body?

Thanks, looking forward to seeing your ideas about this.


phantastica
07-19-2006, 11:38 AM
I drink 64 oz (8 8-oz glasses) a day, often more. Most people think water is good for weight loss, but some claim it doesn't make a difference or is harmful.

I just know that the weeks where I drink a ton of water, I lose the most weight. I found this article to be particularly enlightening:

http://www.inch-aweigh.com/water.html

ssgtswife33
07-19-2006, 11:45 AM
Hi Neleh!! You should be drinking atleast 8 glasses of water each day (64oz) or more. I usually drink water & diet soda throughout the day. My goal along with eating better is to eventually eliminate the diet soda all together and drink water. It might take a while. I love my diet soda :):)


LLV
07-19-2006, 12:17 PM
Well yes, water is good for weight loss to a point. If you find you're down on the scale during the weeks you drink more water than usual, that's because since your body is getting a constant supply of fluid, it's not having to retain any of it. The less water you drink, the more your body will hold onto. Give it plenty of water and *whoosh!*, it lets go of the excess, therefore dropping anywhere from 2-4 pounds of water weight.

It's great for flushing excess sodium from the body and it also helps your liver to metabolize foods and fats better. So yes, in many ways, water is good for weight loss. But not in the sense that some people believe when they say, "Just drink a ton of water! You'll lose weight!"

It's not quite that 'simple', I'm afraid, but it all works in the end to help metabolize fats better and keeping excess sodium (and therefore excess poundage) off of the body :)

Now, whether or not water helps speed the metabolism is, according to a recent study I read, still in debate. In some people, a higher rate of metabolism DID show after drinking ice water. Actually any cold drink will work because your body 'metabolizes' the cold drink to bring it down to body temperature, hence speeding your metabolism. But whether or not it's significant enough to even make a difference is still in question. I'm guessing not, but I'm no expert. I doubt it makes a significant difference.

Heather
07-19-2006, 12:40 PM
I think it's very important to remain hydrated, not just for weight loss, but for lots of health reasons.

However, the argument that we all need to drink 8 8 oz glasses of water is being held up to more of a microscope these days.

And the debate on water also extends to what "counts" as water. Lots of the foods we eat have lots of water. I think OJ certainly adds a lot of "water". And many believe that caffeinated beverages actually provide liquid and do not have nearly the negative diuretic consequences that have been so publicly argued...

So, it's not such an easy question to answer!

Glory87
07-19-2006, 01:09 PM
I don't like plain water and rarely drink it. I try to drink a glass of water with lunch and with dinner and a glass of water after I work out. Otherwise - nada. I drink a lot of tea during the day (herbal and caffeinated). Didn't seem to have any affect on my weight loss.

There are so many things to worry about when losing weight - calories, fat, protein, am I eating enough vegetables, should I stop eating after 8, should I eat 3 meals or 6 meals, how much water should I drink - I just couldn't worry about everything. I decided that drinking a lot of water just made me feel sloshy and have to pee every 30 minutes, I picked other battles. I made other weight loss efforts a bigger priority.

If it feels important to YOU, makes you feel better, makes you feel like you are more successful, drink as much water as it takes. If it doesn't, don't worry about it.

Neleh
07-19-2006, 01:15 PM
Thanks guys, it seems I'm doing well with this then, I certainly feel better when I drink alot of water, only time will tell how much a difference it makes. I appriciate the advice.

LLV
07-19-2006, 01:45 PM
I think it's very important to remain hydrated, not just for weight loss, but for lots of health reasons.
Oh definitely, that's even more important to me than the weight thing. When I drink water, I look at it as giving my internal organs what they need to function properly, lol.

sotypical
07-19-2006, 04:50 PM
I drink 192oz a day that is 24 8oz glasses a day. It keeps me feeling good! :)

mel67
07-19-2006, 05:25 PM
I drink 100oz per day. and my weight loss, too, is always higher on weeks when I drink a lot, then during weeks when I haven't. Its too late to tell me it doesnt work, lol, I've seen it in action. :) Either way, it's good for you! Drink up!! Oh, and some good points you made, Glory.

MaryKate'sPillStash
07-19-2006, 05:34 PM
sotypical - Are you kidding me? You must be in the bathroom every 15 minutes.

I drink around 80 to 100 ounces...

sotypical
07-19-2006, 05:45 PM
Not not kidding you here, but I do go to the washroom about once an hour! haha

phantastica
07-19-2006, 06:09 PM
When I first started drinking a lot of water, I used the bathroom frequently, but eventually my body adjusted.

Neleh
07-20-2006, 04:57 AM
We've started getting water in at work recently which helps, although I think its going to drive my boss mad that I'm drinking so much of it. Well all I drink really now is water, although last night I had a Pepsi Max when I went to the cinema as a treat, it felt so good hehe.

Ok I shall keep drinking lots of water, thanks :)

Jayde
07-21-2006, 04:34 AM
I think for most of us a minimum or 6-8 glasses of water is the way to go.. but the question really is about hydration. Many people who eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, and grains that are cooked in water probably don't need to drink as much water as someone who has a meat based diet with less vegetables. The same goes for soups. Someone who eats soups daily .. broth type ...especially wouldn't need to run to fill a cup all day.

There are so many factors... what we eat, our activities, our weight, the climate..

luluandstina
07-21-2006, 11:23 AM
Sotypical..let me wish you a happy bday now, bcs I am still learning how to navigate this site and I may not find you again. LOL. I drink alot of water also. I either drink two HUGE poland springs or just have 8 on my desk and drink them one after another. My goal is to always finish them (the 8 or one huge one) before lunch at 1. I am only 2 down, 1 waiting, and then i will drink the rest. TMI alert!!!!!!! I find that I lose more when I drink more because:
1. I am not nearly as hungary
2. I am constantly running to the bathroom
3. TMI TMI TMI TMI I am not only urinating!!!!

Enjoy your birthday!

coopgirl
08-16-2006, 02:54 PM
I usually drink 8 liters a day.

jcatron243
08-16-2006, 03:06 PM
I go for 80 oz per day. I read that 64 oz a day +8oz for each 25 pounds over weight

drake3272004
08-16-2006, 04:47 PM
Just be careful to not go overboard with the water............it IS harmful to drink too much!

athenac
08-17-2006, 06:47 PM
I usually go for no less than 80 oz. I've noticed that if I go any less then I get a headache. I don't know if it's because the climate I live in or my body.

Neleh
08-21-2006, 07:28 AM
Just and update and a thanks for the advice. I've been drinking at least 2 litres a day for the last few weeks, and I've found on the rare days when I drink less I don't lose as much weight. Thanks for the advice and I'll keep on drinking.