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January 23, 2012 10:33 AM
I was just curious. I have my 32 ounce water jug that I carry everywhere. I am a chugger....so I'd say many days I drink at least 5 of these...which is around 160 ounces of water. Is that way too much? Could that show up as weight on the scale? Thanks!
  3193582
January 23, 2012 10:37 AM
They say to drink half your weight. For example if you weight 200 you would have to drink 100 oz of water.
  11084624
January 23, 2012 10:37 AM
I don't think so. Remember you work out a ton every day. I don't exercise nearly as much as you do (not even close, HA!) and I easily drink over 100 oz. daily.
  4901482
January 23, 2012 10:38 AM
I have never heard that before! Interesting. I'm 154...so that's not half. LOL
  3193582
January 23, 2012 10:38 AM
I drink about a gallon a day and have lost just fine. I think it would be extremely rare for anyone to drink "too much" water. It's a great habit to have!
January 23, 2012 10:50 AM
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I drink about a gallon a day and have lost just fine. I think it would be extremely rare for anyone to drink "too much" water. It's a great habit to have!


It's also rather unnecessary. You dont have to drink water to get water. Tea/coffee/soda/juice/milk/fruit/veg all provide "water".
  6857672
January 23, 2012 10:57 AM
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I have never heard that before! Interesting. I'm 154...so that's not half. LOL


Than you would have to drink 77oz of water. (154÷2=77) the more weight you lose the less water you take in and vise versa.
  11084624
January 23, 2012 10:59 AM
You can technically over drink and drown yourself. When I was in bootcamp they had a minimum AND a maximum. It's VERY hard to get to that point. And you would be sick before then. If you enjoy water then have at it but also remember tea, juice, and other stuff counts too. :)
  6546326
January 23, 2012 11:00 AM
Be careful, you actually can drink too much water and it can be harmful. A few years ago somebody died during the Boston Marathon because they drank too much water. http://www.remembercynthia.com/Hyponatremia_BostonGlobe.htm
  13907510
January 23, 2012 11:01 AM
Everyone says to drink 1/2 your body weight in water. Well I wasnt a believer until I started and I am down 5lbs in a week. I havent posted it yet because I actually gained close to 10 lbs due to a medical condition. If you havent seen a weight loss because you chug the water. Cut back to 1/2 your body weight rule and see what happens!! Good Luck!!
January 23, 2012 11:03 AM
You should drink according to your body weight AND activity level AND environment. If you are working out hard, or it's very hot or cold, or a lot of other factors, you should increase your water intake.

Here's a good site to check out: http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm
  11210320
January 23, 2012 11:06 AM
Yes, you can drink too much water. It is a condition called water poisoning, where you wash away too much sodium from your system. I had this happen to me and went into seizures. I doubt the amount you're drinking will cause that. I was also doing intensive cardio (2 hours plus) and avoiding sodium, so my balance was off.
January 23, 2012 11:09 AM
I just read about this. You can, and it causes an imbalance of sodium & electrolytes. Usually this sort of thing doesn't happen unless you're doing some serious training--like for a marathon. They say just to drink when you're thirsty.
  10252289
January 23, 2012 11:16 AM
Here's what I'd read--knew I could find it!

Hyponatremia. Some marathoners worry about drinking too little water during a race, but drinking too much of it during a time when you're sweating a lot may cause a dangerously low concentration of sodium in the blood. Ironically, hyponatremia has some similar symptoms to dehydration, such as dizziness and nausea. Slower runners and women because of their smaller body size are at greater risk.
The fix? Simple: Drink only when thirsty, suggests Maharam, the author of the "Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running.""

Here's the source: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45152812/ns/today-today_health/t/weird-things-happen-marathoners-bodies/#.Tx2xcyOTr-k
  10252289
January 23, 2012 11:23 AM
Yes, you can drink too much water. It is much more of a concern when you are doing extended periods of activity/sweating, like the marathon example, or have a very low sodium intake.
The suggestion on half your weight is that, a suggestion, as is the 8x8 - 8 servings of 8 ounces of liquid (not just water). Going over that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Can it show up on the scale, yes, but that is temporary until it passes your system.

Drink enough so your urine is clear to pale yellow.
January 23, 2012 11:45 AM
I peeked at your diary, I hope you don't mind. I noticed that there are many days where you do major workouts and burn 2000 calories?? During those workouts you might want to consider a sports drink that will help replenish not only the water you will be losing but also the salt and electrolytes too. Just a thought.
January 23, 2012 11:57 AM
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I was just curious. I have my 32 ounce water jug that I carry everywhere. I am a chugger....so I'd say many days I drink at least 5 of these...which is around 160 ounces of water. Is that way too much? Could that show up as weight on the scale? Thanks!


No, its not too much. Water is a diuretic. If anything, drinking a lot of water will help keep water weight down.
  2812191
January 23, 2012 12:47 PM
QUOTE:

I peeked at your diary, I hope you don't mind. I noticed that there are many days where you do major workouts and burn 2000 calories?? During those workouts you might want to consider a sports drink that will help replenish not only the water you will be losing but also the salt and electrolytes too. Just a thought.

Of course not! That's why it's open! I just finished Body Combat training...so the past two days are EXTREME. I usually burn around 1000 or so teaching most days though. :-)
  3193582
January 23, 2012 1:26 PM
Im 153...I drink 80 oz a day.

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