Drinking enough water

  • MikeW

    Posts: 6061

    Oct 29, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    I understand that I'm supposed to be drinking lots of water every day. For me that's over 100 ozs.

    For the life of me I can't seem to do it. The exception is when I'm actually at the gym working out or when it is hot weather in general. At those times I have no problem downing a lot of water. During a typical workout I'll drink 60 to 90oz. But when I'm NOT working out, or the weather isn't over 80°, I find it almost impossible to drink water.

    I carry a water bottle with me everywhere. I keep one sitting right next to me on the desk when I'm at work (etc.) but I never even *think* about it. Or, rather, I think about it which is why the water bottle is there but the fact is I don't remember to drink from it and even when I do, I feel like I'm having to force myself to do it.

    Does anyone else have this problem or have neat 'tricks' to insure they're drinking enough water every day?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 29, 2013 6:56 PM GMT
    It really is difficult, Im a sugar addict, so my problem was that water isnt sweet. I honestly just would squeeze a lil lemon juice in mine just to give it a taste, or you could sprinkle like a lil sugar til u get used to drinking it more. Water = Life so I just remember that without it, Im fucked...so thats honestly what keeps me drinking it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 29, 2013 7:16 PM GMT
    When I get thirsty, I drink water, and make sure its the first cold drink in the morning, before breakfast.
    Then I interweave teas, coffees, juices, milks, proteins, and maybe even alcohol (if there's reason to celebrate); in between the rest of my water for the day.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 29, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    One thing that helps me is to always drink a big glass of water whenever I take a piss.

    I don't do this in the middle of the night when I wake up from the old geezer's needing to pee at night thing.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 29, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    The key is making it like a routine of drinking water and not thinking about it. For example, you noted that you have the bottle of water near your desk or computer desk, I used to be the same way of not drinking enough water and then little by little I changed the habit of going after the bottle.

    To me was "sipping" water every key strokes, or for example every time I changed a webpage or story in the internet, I forced myself to go after the water. Make it a routine, and then it becomes second nature. Also, every time I go to a meeting before, during, and after I am sipping some water. If you have an open container with a seal even better, because you can cut a slice of lemon. The juice of the lemon is very good because it cleanses the liver and also has good antioxidants again prostrate cancer.

    Hope this helps.
  • tuffguyndc

    Posts: 4437

    Oct 29, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    i think most people do. however, at your age you should definitely be getting in more water than usual. i think if you did more than you would be more likely to be thirsty. why don't you try adding lemon or cucumbers to your water. that usually helps
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 29, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    Drinking tons of water does not work for me . I have experimented with it . The water needs to have electrolytes or it just goes thru me and actually seems to dehydrate me making me extremely thirsty and disrupting my digestion .
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 29, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidDrinking tons of water does not work for me . I have experimented with it . The water needs to have electrolytes or it just goes thru me and actually seems to dehydrate me making me extremely thirsty and disrupting my digestion .

    That only happens when you're on the Paleo diet. icon_twisted.gif
  • LJay

    Posts: 11612

    Oct 29, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    Just finished a glass and pouring another. You may have some luck getting into the habit if, at least for a couple of weeks, you drink nothing but water.

    Because of my diabetes,I am told to avoid anything sweet, which counts out nearly everything in the convenience store case since I can't stand artificial sweeteners. That leaves unsweetened iced tea and water. Even fruit juice is out. I think this actually makes it easier. I know it makes life cheaper because I fill water bottles at home to avoid paying for it.

    Good luck with your project.
  • FRE0

    Posts: 4862

    Oct 29, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    Drinking a predetermined amount of water makes no sense. The amount needed varies considerably and depends on a number of factors including what you eat, the temperature, and exercise level. Eating dry food, such as bread, will increase water requirements whereas eating food that contains considerable water, such as water mellon, will reduce water requirements.

    One way to determine whether you are drinking enough water is to monitor the color of your urine. If it is dark, you should be drinking more water.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 29, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
    I hear what you're saying about having some problems drinking enough water. I had the same problem until I started squeezing fresh lemon or lime juice into my water. That makes the water much more drinkable for me. I also have a routine - and drink a full glass in the bathroom first thing in the morning. I drink more glasses throughout the day. I made myself stop buying diet coke and we don't have it in the house anymore, so I'm getting more water instead of drinking a few cokes every night. The secret for me is the lemon or lime juice added to the water. A benefit of drinking more water is I have better looking skin and don't have chapped lips anymore.
  • HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16311

    Oct 29, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    I just try and have plenty available. I like the 0 calorie, flavored waters as well, but nothing beats the real thing.
    Home or work.
  • allatonce

    Posts: 904

    Oct 30, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    I love drinking water. I love drinking water with ice in it too. So awesome. I am always drinking water it seems. If I still get kidney stones I will be so pissed!
  • Oceans_of_Flo...

    Posts: 393

    Oct 30, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    I buy a value pack of bottled water and dump them all in a black stand up bag, that I put in the living room so I see them all the time and when I think about water, which is often because they prompt me, I drink one. As much as I hate using plastic, but recycling is big here, the process of drinking the water and putting the bottle into the recycle bin helps me keep track and also as the bag's content goes down. For example, I drink one as soon as I wake up in the morning, because they are right there. The bag's really become a conversation piece, When people enter and notice it, I just offer them water, and they always except.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 30, 2013 1:24 AM GMT
    Program reminders to yourself in your phone, tablet, and computer to drink water every two hours and then just chug 8 ounces when the reminder comes on.
  • FRE0

    Posts: 4862

    Oct 30, 2013 6:14 AM GMT
    allatonce saidI love drinking water. I love drinking water with ice in it too. So awesome. I am always drinking water it seems. If I still get kidney stones I will be so pissed!


    I had kidney stones in 1996 but haven't had any since. That made me more aware of the amount of water I drink, but from what I've read, some people get kidney stones even when they drink more then enough water.
  • dc415

    Posts: 255

    Oct 30, 2013 6:36 AM GMT
    it's a myth that everyone needs to drink X glasses of water a day. How much water you need to drink depends on how much water you're getting from your food, what physical activity you're doing, etc. etc.

    The best way to know if you're drinking enough water is by looking at the color of your urine. If it's light that means you're good. If it's dark and concentrated... drink more water. icon_biggrin.gif
  • iuguy5

    Posts: 59

    Oct 30, 2013 7:47 AM GMT
    I asked my 95 year old grandmother when somebody should drink water...."When they are thirsty," was her reply. That's all the vast majority of people need.
  • MikeW

    Posts: 6061

    Oct 30, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the replies, suggestions and opinions, guys. I agree that 'drinking when thirsty' makes the most common sense. Like I say, when it is warm or when I'm at the gym I have no problems drinking water. But I also think I'm not getting enough at other times and I base this on my inability to loose the last 30lbs or so and the fact that my old muscles often feel tight and 'dry'. I can also see the difference in my urine color when I've been drinking at the gym vs during the rest of the day.

    So these tips on how to make it a habit of drinking more are helpful. icon_smile.gif
  • LJay

    Posts: 11612

    Oct 30, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    have to agree that having water available is important. I keep a big jug right next to my chair and it is amazing how much it helps.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 30, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    dc415 saidit's a myth that everyone needs to drink X glasses of water a day. How much water you need to drink depends on how much water you're getting from your food, what physical activity you're doing, etc. etc.
    icon_biggrin.gif



    THANK YOU. The 8 glasses a day myth is from a mid C20 study which said that people needed to drink the equivalent of that much water MOST OF WHICH WAS IN THEIR FOOD. Now, if you just eat dry biscuits then you will need lots of water, but if you are eating vegetables and fruit then you get a lot of water.

    Bottom line: calm down and eat broccoli
  • allatonce

    Posts: 904

    Oct 30, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    FRE0 said
    allatonce saidI love drinking water. I love drinking water with ice in it too. So awesome. I am always drinking water it seems. If I still get kidney stones I will be so pissed!


    I had kidney stones in 1996 but haven't had any since. That made me more aware of the amount of water I drink, but from what I've read, some people get kidney stones even when they drink more then enough water.


    wut

    66068-panic-gif-sgeU.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 31, 2013 2:54 PM GMT
    I love drinking water. Your body doesn't store water if it knows that it is getting it regularly, so you won't feel so bloated. Of course, I've gotten to the point where I go pee every 3 hours or so, but I just replenish the amount I urinate with a comparable amount. In my mind, I'm flushing my system, so I don't get sick as easily. Good to get rid of the toxins too.

    I always have a bottle of water at arms reach. Nowadays, I think of it like breathing. I need air. I need water.

    If you drink when thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Don't use thirst as an indicator of when to drink. Thirst is a WARNING signal— "Danger, Will Robinson, danger!" System failure imminent.
  • MikeW

    Posts: 6061

    Oct 31, 2013 3:42 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidIf you drink when thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Don't use thirst as an indicator of when to drink. Thirst is a WARNING signal— "Danger, Will Robinson, danger!" System failure imminent.

    Good point!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 31, 2013 5:17 PM GMT
    I probably drink about a quart of water a day. That's been working pretty well for me.