Originally Posted by coliep
I am normally a pretty big water drinker (2-3 liters/day), however I am finding myself increasingly thirsty on this diet. Lately, I find myself drinking more like 5 liters of water a day (and that is in addition to the water used for IP drinks and in my coffee). I know that high protein diets cause diuresis and can trigger excessive thirst, but not sure if/when it is a problem. I use my sea salt liberally and increase my potassium on workout days. I read earlier today that someone's coach wanted her to drink less water, so it made me wonder: How much is too much water? Does the excessive thirst indicate a problem I need to be aware of or should otherwise be concerned about?
I should note that a few glass of this water are because they are satisfying my desire to eat (I have a few glasses of herbal tea at night) and not necessarily responding to the thirst as is the majority of the time.
There's a calculator available that says how much water you should drink. Depends on a lot of factors and the quiz takes about a minute to complete. It's at http://nutrition.about.com/library/b...calculator.htm
It has some interesting facts and I did mine and should be having about 3.1 liters a day, 20% of that coming from food, or a net of 2.5 liters of actual water (or soft drinks, or tea, or coffee, etc) based on my input.