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Old 12-04-2011, 07:43 AM   #1
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Water

Do you all think its important to drink lots of water a day. Or do you think any liquid will do? I drink plenty but I do struggle with water.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Low carb plans recommend water.

I recall something in the atkins method about water replacing triglycerides in the fat cells until the "whoosh" of weight loss comes along.

From Robert Lustigs talks his recommendations was to drink water but exclude soft drinks and fruit juices. That's more along the lines of avoiding refined carbs in fluid and water conatains no carbs and is good for you regardless of your chosen diet plan.

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Depends...what do you mean by "any liquid"?
Soup or coffee or diet soda or...???

I think forcing down massive amounts of water because we've read that it's "good for us" and "helps with weight loss" COULD be junk science (I could also be wrong). Excessive water dilutes our electrolytes (sodium and potassium).

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellnes...1#.TtusxvJuW8B

I have a well, so my water has lots of minerals in it and no added flouride or chlorine, nor chemicals leached from plastic bottles.
But I wouldn't want to drink larger amounts of city water or bottled water!!!

Especially on DDs, drinking lots of plain water makes me feel weaker. Instead, I drink broth (made with unrefined sea salt) and herbal tea or hot water with lemon.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:33 AM   #4
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When I say any I mean zero cal. liquids. I may drink 1 pop a day. I drink mostly tea and coffee. I may add broth. water just doesn't do it for me. on dds
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Especially on DDs, drinking lots of plain water makes me feel weaker. Instead, I drink broth (made with unrefined sea salt) and herbal tea or hot water with lemon.
This is definitely the case with me as well. When I first started, I used to get really dizzy and headachey on DDs, and I realized it was because I was trying to drink as much water as I usually do (actually even more water than I usually do to distract myself from the hunger), and ending up flushing what little potassium/sodium/magnesium and other necessary electrolytes right out of me.

Now I drink water on DDs only if I'm really feeling thirsty, and instead I'll sip broth or drink some V8 which really helps me feel better on those days where I'm not eating enough to get all the nutrients/minerals/etc that I need.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:41 AM   #6
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I rarely drink water just to be drinking it. To be honest, I usually just drink water when I'm taking daily med & supplements, and that's about 3 x day. I probably only average about 1.5 cups of plain water per day, but that's an estimate, and may be on the generous side.

The rest of the time, I drink a lot of coffee, sometimes tea, diet soda, alcohol (usually wine), soups/broths.

There are exceptions where I'll drink more water than normal, such as if I'm eating out and get water with my meal, or if I just feel thirsty after too much wine or doing extra activity.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:26 AM   #7
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I rarely drink water just to be drinking it. To be honest, I usually just drink water when I'm taking daily med & supplements, and that's about 3 x day. I probably only average about 1.5 cups of plain water per day, but that's an estimate, and may be on the generous side.

The rest of the time, I drink a lot of coffee, sometimes tea, diet soda, alcohol (usually wine), soups/broths.

There are exceptions where I'll drink more water than normal, such as if I'm eating out and get water with my meal, or if I just feel thirsty after too much wine or doing extra activity.
I am basically the same as you Sophie. I drink a glass in the morning to wash down the vitamins, then a bottle mid morning with K20 then usually a sparkling water in the evening...that it. The rest is what you said.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:25 PM   #8
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Wow sounds like im drinking way too much... lol i drink a 20 oz before work, a 20 coffee, 5 12 oz bottles of water at work Plus sometimes a diet soda, and then 2 more bottles at home in the evening.. maybe I should cut down on DDs especially or just drink powerade zero. I may test cutting down some tomorrow and see how I feel.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:02 PM   #9
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Wow, yeah, I drink a ton more than you guys. Probably 75ish oz without exercise, so usually quite a bit more. And I feel crappy if I don't get enough!
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:03 AM   #10
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Well I think I will drink when hungry or thirsty. But I'm not gonna force it.
I have done that in the past and would gag on water. So no more.
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I drink about 80 oz too and don't feel right if I don't drink enough.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:38 PM   #12
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Yea i tried not drinking as much today but I just drink a lot naturally I guess. Im usually at 100oz or more.
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I also drink tons of water all day--but I always have--so I don't think it's making a diff either way, as far as I know. I do think, however, that it might help to keep me "regular," if you know what I mean
I never thought about the flushing of electrolytes on DDs, though. I might have to make sure I'm drinking some diet whatev that contains that stuff on those days.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:21 PM   #14
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I drink at least 150 oz a day -- but I'm making food for two little people along with myself, so I am ALWAYS thirsty. I feel like the Sahara desert unless I have a large glass of water next to me constantly.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:26 PM   #15
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There's another thread on this in the main lobby.


For those of you who like reading scientific literature, here's a good review article: Water, Hydration and Health

It concludes that water is indeed essential for our health. An average woman needs 2.7 L of water each day, and 20% of that typically comes from foods. So that means she needs to drink 9 to 10 cups of liquid a day, every day. If you are sweating a lot, some of those liquids must be electrolyte-balanced (ie, V8 juice, broth, or just add an electrolyte pill). A few of those cups can come from coffee, tea, or juice, but not all.

So yes: drink your liquids, and do NOT expect caffeinated drinks to replace those 9 to 10 cups of liquid each day! It's essential for kidney function, mood, cognition (ie, your brain), your heart, to prevent strokes, to reduce dementia risk, to protect your liver. The review article goes through a lot of other reasons to drink your water.

A daily water intake of 3.7 L for adult men and 2.7 L for adult women meets the needs of the vast majority of persons.

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Wow, yeah, I drink a ton more than you guys. Probably 75ish oz without exercise, so usually quite a bit more. And I feel crappy if I don't get enough!
That's exactly the right amount: about 9 1/2 cups.
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Woohooo! I'm feeling disproportionately proud about the accuracy of my water drinkin habits...

thanks for the info, tiva!
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