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August 13, 2012 6:39 AM
water bottles, water bottles, water bottles! It is the easiest way to count up how many cups you have had through the day..I typically go through 8-10 water bottles a day, that is 2 cups/8 oz per bottle. I line them up by the fridge or collect them through out the day so I can keep track of how much I have consumed. I was not a big fan of water before going healthy. So water bottles seemed to be the easiest way I could down one and move on..Now that is all I drink. I feel way better, headaches and blood pressure have gone away..I have more energy and I get alot fuller when I eat.. Skin, hair and nails look way better too. Good luck on you new life style!
August 13, 2012 6:41 AM
One at a time

Seriously though, most people are able to get most of the fluids they need from the food they eat, coffee, tea, juices etc. You can judge your level of hydration based on the colour of your urine first thing in the AM - if it's very light / almost clear you're adequately hydrated.

If you're exercising, especially in very hot weather, it's more important to ensure you keep taking in fluids. The main reason water is recommended is that it's zero calories, caffeine free and (if you use a refillable water bottle) for all practical purposes free.
August 13, 2012 6:42 AM
I carry a water bottle with all the time -- a 24 oz water bottle. And I drink off an on all day. By the time I leave work I usually already have at least 48 ounces. I usually finish another water bottle by the time I'm finished with my workout and run for the day. So by the end of the day i finish around 75+ ounces of water. My problem is not drinking TOO much water. It becomes habit after a week or two. I never have to chug water at the end of the day to meet my 8 glasses a day --- maybe that's where the full feeing comes from? Just have a water bottle on your desk and take a couple sips every 30 minutes or so.
August 13, 2012 6:43 AM

the mindless constant sipping is what works for me. i have alot of those double walled cups with lids and straws. for some reason the straw is key for me. it makes it less painful (lol) to be drinking so much water in a day. and you kinda have to commit to drinking a ton everyday until it becomes second nature!

This is me too!

I started off with a reminder in my Outlook calendar that I hit snooze on every 10 minutes to remind me to sip some water. Forty days in, it is second nature now, and I feel like the character "Nancy" from "Weeds," always with a cup in my hand and mindlessly sipping on a straw. It takes time. I wasn't used to drinking that much either when I first started.
August 13, 2012 6:43 AM
Maybe you wont feel as full if you sip instead of gulp or chug it. I drink teh most in the car - I simply keep the bottle IN MY HAND and automatically sip it while driving - I drink a whole bottle each way to and from work.

At work, I travel with it (you know, if I get up to make copies of something I take it with me) and at my desk I sip it in between tasks - respond to email take a sip, get something ready for the mail take a sip, file away paperwork take a sip, etc.

You will be surprised how much you can drink when you sip it all day!
August 13, 2012 6:45 AM
It does'nt have to be just plain old water, have squash, tea, coffee, (although specialists recommend drinking a cup of water to every cup of caffiene) but hey it's still water. If your s till finding it hard to consume the recommended amount, maybe freeze flavoured sugar free water and suck cubes once in a while. Hope this helps x
August 13, 2012 6:46 AM
I too cannot easily consume huge amounts of water (and by huge I mean more than about 20-30 oz a day). I very rarely drink any other liquids. I'm not a tea or coffee drinker. I use the Crystal Light ENERGY packs in the morning. But otherwise, I only drink when I'm thirsty, which is not often. I have good intentions. I bring water with me everywhere. I have about 10 bottles rolling around my car right now, and 4 on my desk right next to me.... all full. I eat a lot of fruit, so maybe that's why I'm not thirsty. I too hate that bloated feeling and figure why drink if I'm not thirsty. That's just how I see it....for now.
August 13, 2012 6:47 AM
You have to develop it as a habit, like anything else.

I have a 24 oz water bottle (that's three 8-oz servings). I drink 2 to 3 full bottles at work, a full bottle during my workout, a full bottle with dinner, and a full bottle between dinner and when I go to bed. So I'm usually getting at least 15 8-oz. glasses, nearly twice the recommendation.
August 13, 2012 6:48 AM
I know I know

August 13, 2012 6:48 AM
I haven't reached the 8 a day but I am up to 6. All I can say is I had to work up to what I can consume. Took some time. I do know that my water MUST be as cold as I usually try to drink at least half of the 16.9 in the first 2 minutes of opening. Good luck!happy
August 13, 2012 6:49 AM
Im glad im not the Only one with this problem. I Was able to drink 5 Glasses sunday and thats all i drank no soda or juice!
August 13, 2012 6:49 AM
its a habit, i have two big bottles on my desk at work. i just keep 'downing' glasses...have about 16 a day...i drink loads after my workout...the weekends i find it hard to remember lol :)
August 13, 2012 6:50 AM
I had trouble at first too, mainly because it just didn't cross my mind. Now I find myself craving water! Seriously, I know when I haven't had enough. The way I count it on MFP is that 8oz (250 ml) = a glass. So I have a water bottle that is 750 ml (3 "glasses"). I try to drink at least 3 of these a day, but on days when I work out, I drink way more.

I've also found water to be great for curbing my appetite. I work a desk job and used to snack all day. Now I drink water or herbal teas.
August 13, 2012 6:50 AM
The best way to do it is to keep a bottle of water with you all day. Take sips of it frequently. Keep it cold and if it starts to warm up put it in the fridge and get a cold one out. Try it out for a few days and see if that helps.
August 13, 2012 6:51 AM
8 CUPS a day, so 8oz. you are closer than you think I'd imagine. I try to have about 2 cups(one large glass) with every meal and another 2 before bed at some point more than makes up my quota.
August 13, 2012 6:52 AM
I drink 8 oz when i get up in the morning -- has to be done before I can have coffee or anything else. Then I carry my 20 oz cup with me wherever i go. I do a lot of mindless *water* drinking while I'm driving ... it keeps me occupied in the car.
August 13, 2012 6:52 AM
I chug...I hate the taste of plain water and despise the taste of artificial flavors to put into the water.
August 13, 2012 6:52 AM
tend to have 2 tea breaks at work . morning one i have 1.5 litres and teatime one i have another. if i train at night il drink more
August 13, 2012 6:53 AM
I have a 20oz water bottle that I refill 6 times throughout the day.
August 13, 2012 6:53 AM
Isn't a glass one cup (8 oz)?

I have a hard time doing that too and I keep reading in the NY Times that the 8 glasses a day stuff is a myth:

There are other sources, but here's one:

You do need fluids for lots of reasons (like life). But I definitely don't drink 8 and haven't had any trouble losing and no trouble with my health.

When I WAS drinking that much and kept a glass of water with me all the time, I found that the more I drink the more I wanted it because I got used to that feeling in my mouth.
Edited by nxd10 On August 13, 2012 6:55 AM
August 13, 2012 6:54 AM
With fresh squeezed lemon--and I have a 64 ounce mug that I keep filled on my desk all day---sometimes I drink 3 (64 ounce) mugs before going home--but I like water.
August 13, 2012 6:54 AM

the mindless constant sipping is what works for me. i have alot of those double walled cups with lids and straws. for some reason the straw is key for me. it makes it less painful (lol) to be drinking so much water in a day. and you kinda have to commit to drinking a ton everyday until it becomes second nature!

This! I have a cup just like she describes and it holds 24 oz. So, by drinking 3 a day I manage to drink more than my days needs. I also agree that the straw is key for me! Think about it, you almost always drink more with a straw than through just regular sipping without realizing it. It makes it easy for me to down 9-12 glasses of water a day.
August 13, 2012 6:54 AM
I use a 32oz plastic cup WITH A STRAW and just keep refilling all day - I usually end up drinking 20-25 cups of water per day. I love water and pretty much always have a cup in my hand, but a straw definitely helps me to drink more. I also drink a lot of naturally flavored seltzer (no artificial sweeteners) - and it makes it taste like soda, but it's really water!
August 13, 2012 6:54 AM
I use an insulated glass (holds 16 oz) with a straw. It goes down much faster then out of a bottle. And I use MIO.
August 13, 2012 6:55 AM
I'm the girl who could down 6 24oz bottles of Pepsi in a day, but could barely choke down a glass of water. I cut out sodas a while ago to help with my, I usually drink 7-10 16.9oz bottles of water a day. At first, the straw worked for me until I could get myself up to this point. Eventually, your body just craves you satisfy that craving. Now, I'll be honest-plain water gets a little I try and keep a few flavors of Mio on hand to help. For me, taking it one bottle at a time each day is the key...that, and the fact that by the time I leave the gym around 6:45am, I've already had 3 bottles :)

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