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May 21, 2012 10:49 AM
Any reason why your 8 glasses of water a day has to be just water? Can diluteable squash(the no added sugar type) be added to make it more pleasant or does this ruin everything!!
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May 21, 2012 4:48 PM
I take my water in the form of unsweetened iced tea that I make myself. Cherry Berry flavored. Yum!
  22920454
May 21, 2012 4:49 PM
It's fine to flavor water within reason.
  23218046
May 21, 2012 4:53 PM
Water intake needs to be WATER INTAKE. If this was negotiable, the little ticker thingy would read "liquid consumption" instead of "water consumption." Not to be too blunt, but, suck it up and drink the water. How important is this to you?


blessings,
sam
May 21, 2012 4:56 PM
I agree Sammiebflowerforyou
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May 21, 2012 4:57 PM
QUOTE:

Water intake needs to be WATER INTAKE. If this was negotiable, the little ticker thingy would read "liquid consumption" instead of "water consumption." Not to be too blunt, but, suck it up and drink the water. How important is this to you?


blessings,
sam


this^. unsweetened iced tea isnt WATER. water with lemon or those crystal light packets/mio can be put in your water to sweeten it a bit and its still considered your water intake though. water is really important so you should make sure you get 8 or more glasses a day..
Edited by Gioooo On May 21, 2012 4:57 PM
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May 21, 2012 4:57 PM
So long as the 'dilutable squash' is diluted with 8 glasses of water, then yes :P
  11626803
May 21, 2012 4:57 PM
i've always thought of it more as liquid intake than strictly water. that being said, i wouldn't consider 8 cups of diet coke as being something that's particularly hydrating. i'll often count crystal light or true lemon mixed stuff as my water or i will add a plain lemon/lime. it's more about personal preference, because if i were to drink plain water all the time, i'd go crazy.
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May 21, 2012 4:57 PM
I'm someone who drinks 5-7 cups of green tea a day, 1 coffee,1 diet soda and 1 water. Is it better to drink more water? Like, how is green tea worse than water?
  17793071
May 21, 2012 4:57 PM
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It's fine to flavor water within reason.


Within reason being natural flavoring like a squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange. Or hell they have some contraption that lets you make ice cubes from fruit juice to flavor your water.

Beyond reason is anything with sweeteners like Crystal Light and Mio. That stuff is not water. You can pretend it is all you want but that's like arguing soda's water because there happens to be water in it.
May 21, 2012 4:58 PM
no... tea, coffee, even milk and juice... (And thats something the doctor told me, im not making it up)

I also use those flavored powders to give the water a bit of flavor.. hibiscus, lemon, tangerine, and even piña colada. I love it!
Edited by ElizaRoche On May 21, 2012 4:59 PM
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May 21, 2012 4:59 PM
QUOTE:

I'm someone who drinks 5-7 cups of green tea a day, 1 coffee,1 diet soda and 1 water. Is it better to drink more water? Like, how is green tea worse than water?


The basic fact it's tea. It's not "water with tea in it", it's tea. Water is water, tea is tea.
May 21, 2012 5:01 PM
QUOTE:

Water intake needs to be WATER INTAKE. If this was negotiable, the little ticker thingy would read "liquid consumption" instead of "water consumption." Not to be too blunt, but, suck it up and drink the water. How important is this to you?


blessings,
sam


no. just no. your water intake can be anything that isn't laden w/ sugar, caffeine, salt, or alcohol. the purpose of water is to keep your body hydrated, so any liquid that doesn't DEhydrate or cause unnecessary calorie consumption is fine.
  20194529
May 21, 2012 5:03 PM
I often flavor my water bottles with to-go powder packets and believe it "counts" just fine, as does my doctor. Some people just don't like the taste of plain water and that is fine. A sliced cucumber also provides a nice flavor.
  12050974
May 21, 2012 5:03 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I'm someone who drinks 5-7 cups of green tea a day, 1 coffee,1 diet soda and 1 water. Is it better to drink more water? Like, how is green tea worse than water?


The basic fact it's tea. It's not "water with tea in it", it's tea. Water is water, tea is tea.


Uhm yeah thanks for clearing that up! But tea is still fluid with added good stuff. So is it good like this, or should I drink more water in stead of tea?
  17793071
May 21, 2012 5:03 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I'm someone who drinks 5-7 cups of green tea a day, 1 coffee,1 diet soda and 1 water. Is it better to drink more water? Like, how is green tea worse than water?


The basic fact it's tea. It's not "water with tea in it", it's tea. Water is water, tea is tea.



I agree - Water is good and good for you, how can it taste bad? It tastes like nothing...*SUCK* it up laugh pun intended
May 21, 2012 5:04 PM
QUOTE:

I'm someone who drinks 5-7 cups of green tea a day, 1 coffee,1 diet soda and 1 water. Is it better to drink more water? Like, how is green tea worse than water?


green tea is great for energy/fat burn, but not for hydration. anything w/ caffeine will dehydrate the body. decaf green tea would count as water, but you wouldn't get the energy affect.
  20194529
May 21, 2012 5:04 PM
When I went to Weight Watchers, yes I am a weight watchers drop out they always stressed 8glasses or more of water. They said you could count anything as long as it has -0- calories. Such as coffee black, flavored water [watch and make sure even artifical sweetner is not in it. Even diet coke has calories so I would not count that as water.wink
  247258
May 21, 2012 5:04 PM
I drink lots of unsweetened tea, can't stand plain water. So I look at like tea is better than nothing because if water is the only chance then I am not drinking anything.
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May 21, 2012 5:06 PM
I only count actual water consumption. I keep a bottle with me at all times when I'm in the office and DRINK, DRINK, DRINK!!! 2 weeks - no soda!!! GO me!!!! lol
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May 21, 2012 5:07 PM
From the Mayo clinic- just about any water containing food or beverage counts.

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Everyone has heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." That's about 1.9 liters, which isn't that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the "8 by 8" rule isn't supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it's easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: "Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total.

Although it's a great idea to keep water within reach at all times, you don't need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and tomatoes, are 90 percent or more water by weight.

In addition, beverages such as milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages — such as coffee, tea or soda — can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is still your best bet because it's calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
  21302407
May 21, 2012 5:07 PM
What can beat pure, fresh, fat free, sugarfree youth juice (water) ? happy
May 21, 2012 5:07 PM
There's nothing wrong with drinking tea or juice or soda or wine for that matter but this usually means you are not drinking water when you could be.
I think of MFP as a game. One of the rules is drink 64 oz of water. Its your game, bend the rules and no one but you cares, but in this game water=water.smile
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May 21, 2012 5:09 PM
Here's the rule I go by. Caffeine dehydrates you, so any caffeinated beverage (tea, coffee, cola) does NOT count as water intake; in fact, it sets you back! If you drink a caffeinated beverage, you have to drink at least 1 cup of water to make sure you aren't dehydrating yourself. Beverages that don't contain caffeine, such as herbal teas, crystal light, etc. count as water but it's better to drink the real thing.

Here's an awesome trick to flavor your water naturally without adding too many calories. Add fruit ice cubes! Put water in your ice cube tray, add a piece of fruit to each section (lemon, strawberry, lime, mint, etc) or a few drops of crushed fruit (raspberry, etc) and freeze. Add to your water and enjoy!
Edited by led6777 On May 21, 2012 5:10 PM
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May 21, 2012 5:09 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I'm someone who drinks 5-7 cups of green tea a day, 1 coffee,1 diet soda and 1 water. Is it better to drink more water? Like, how is green tea worse than water?


green tea is great for energy/fat burn, but not for hydration. anything w/ caffeine will dehydrate the body. decaf green tea would count as water, but you wouldn't get the energy affect.


Thanks! I wasnt aware green tea was high in cafeine! Also, what do you mean with the energy affect..?
  17793071

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