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Water Is a Secret Ingredient

Water: The Wild Card of Weight Loss


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  • Still my biggest challenge. I hate drinking water. It's good for making coffee and has no other purpose to me. I keep a full glass by the sink, another by the computer and another in the bathroom. I now order it with meals. I still don't hit the magic 64 (8 ounces X 8) most days. I won't drink anything in the car - it's a distraction I don't need. I don't perspire and for some chemical imbalance I don't sweat anymore so I'm missing two critical factors that identify thirst which helps when you need to drink water. Any suggestions. - 12/14/2016 10:50:21 AM
  • I use my insulated water bottle from my bicycle. It holds 3 cups of water. I drink at least 4 bottles a day. When I worked I carried a 1.5 liter canteen and it was always gone by lunch! Hardest part for me was getting in the habit of ordering water at restaurants... just kills me that water cost more than coke ha ha (Restaurants use bottled water as tap water is not potable in most of the Philippines.) - 11/30/2016 7:11:18 PM
  • My water is with me everywhere I go. Love it! In my car, on my dresser before bed, throughout the day. I panic without it. No counting, because I know I get the right amount and over. - 10/25/2016 9:29:14 AM
  • I absolutely agree about the swelling when not drinking enough water ! I hadn't been able to figure out why I am not as badly swollen now (Still am, but to the point of unreal pain). TA DA !! I have given UP soda (was drinking 6 to 8 cans of regular pepsi a day) and now there's only swelling in my lower legs and not as said it - 9/23/2016 12:46:09 AM
  • So funny, I went to a Weight Watcher meeting yesterday and one member said she does the 8 penny thing! I thought it was a great idea. I wonder if she got it here!! - 9/1/2016 3:30:30 PM
  • I've been working on this goal since Sept 2013 when I first joined SP. I failed to have any success until I used the 'penny method' similar to what was described in the article. It's still rare for me to get 8 glasses in but I am doing much better. - 7/8/2016 9:58:20 AM
  • These reports work up a fear that otherwise healthy adults and children are walking around dehydrated, even that dehydration has reached epidemic proportions. That is not true. According to Rachel C Vreeman and Aaron E Carroll in an article labeled Medical Myths 2007, that this is based on a 1945 recommendation that stated: "A suitable allowance of water for adults is 2.5 litres daily in most instances. An ordinary standard for diverse persons is 1 millilitre for each calorie of food. Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods." Articles like this ignore the last sentence. You know your body, pay attention to it not other people's opinions.
    - 5/9/2016 7:28:15 AM
  • As a former triathlete, I carry a matter bottle that holds 3 cups of liquid and it fits in the bottle holder on my bike. The top pulls out easily with my teeth or my hands! :D Water does re-hydrate a person. My new habit is to drink 5 bottles worth of water during the daytime. i stop drinking after 9pm. - 3/24/2016 8:08:02 PM
  • I don't count anything but water for hydration. I think I'm getting enough. - 3/22/2016 10:59:40 AM
  • I'm surprised they haven't corrected the info about coffee. It is a myth that it is dehydrating and can be counted as water intake is what I have read. - 2/1/2016 8:34:54 AM
  • Drinking my water everyday and during my workouts. Hydrate - 1/27/2016 9:45:28 AM
  • Drinking lots of water helps with not eating too much - 1/19/2016 8:50:04 AM
  • It's not that simplistic for me at my age, but water is a basic necessity and I make sure to get at least 8 glasses each day. - 1/15/2016 1:51:21 PM
  • Thanks, Zabelina1 for your link to NYT article on water drinking. I will try to use water to quell my appetite before snacking, and slow up eating at meals. BUT eight cups a day seems to be an urban myth with no medical basis. - 1/5/2016 11:45:47 AM
  • Love this water article! I did not know water intake regulates your body temperature. So I need to drink more water to help with my hot flashes! A great idea! - 1/3/2016 8:47:43 AM

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