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Kete

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Posted: 05 Dec 2011, 13:48
Some people tend to think that drinking water does not pay off when it comes to losing weight... WRONG ANSWER! Mon Nov 28th I started drinking about a gallon of water a day. Sounds hard, but it's not. I drink 1L between 7a-noon, 1L between noon-4, and the last L before bed. Of course I drink 20oz green tea (just 2organic decaf green tea bags with water and a 1/2 spoon honey), and I drink water when I take my vitamins, so that's what I do. And *drumroll please* as of today Mon Dec 5th... in 5 days I lost 5 lbs! It's probably water weight, but hey, all weight off is good weight to me!!! So feel free to try this!! lol GOOD LUCK
kingkeld

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Posted: 27 Dec 2011, 01:10
Water intake is ESSENTIAL to weight loss. It flushes our system, it cleans out our kidneys, and essentially it's fuel for the engines. We can live for weeks without food, but we will only survive a few days without water. What makes ANYONE think that water is not important?
I drink at least a gallon every day, and take a look at my progress. I'm pretty sure my water intake is not stopping me. Smile
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I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
Hoser

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Posted: 27 Dec 2011, 02:36
Water is important, yes. The idea that you need to push large amounts of water in order to lose weight is one of the great myths of dieting.
LisaWillB

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 10:05
I can put myself through just about any kind of torture, but I can't seem to get the hang of drinking enough water. I've tried all the disgusting zero calorie powders and it seems that drinking plain water is NOT an option for me. I've tried water with lemon, room temp., w/ice, with a straw, out of my coffee cup............UGH. I have MiO now, but it's not increasing my intake, any suggestions?
NCNOLE

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 10:28
I would just keep doing it. As with anything, the more you do it, the more you can "tolerate" it, the more you get used to it. You can learn to like just about anything. I would try just plain old water - if you can get used to it w/o all the added flavors it makes it easier to get lots in. Since you should be getting at least 8 glasses - probably more like 10 in a day, then you probably wouldn't want to use too much of the flavored drinks b/c of all the artificial sweeteners.

My suggestion, buy a nice water bottle- I have a camelbak better bottle with straw -- it makes it easy to get a lot of water in just by sipping the straw. I often sip while doing other things and before I know it 1/2 the bottle is gone.
Just keep at it. One 25 ounce bottle every 3-4 hours. Try one between breakfast and lunch, two between lunch and dinner and one after dinner. Or something like that.

It makes a huge difference for your skin, also I don't see as many weight fluctuations since I am always hydrated.
gnat824

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 10:30
Tea? I think you also need to just teach yourself to drink plain water. Keep it next to you and sip at regular intervals- a little each time but do it frequently. I don't know what to tell you other than you just have to do it. If you're drinking soda, juice, or other things you might have to go cold turkey to acclimate your palate to just drinking plain water. I do find it's easier to drink more water when I'm exercising, too. I can easily guzzle an extra bottom right after a workout.
- Natalie
LisaWillB

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 11:33
Thanks for the encouraging words NCNOLE!! Wonderful advice and I certainly will give good ol' H20 another try!
Katiekinz

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 11:40
I agree that water is fuel for "our engines" so to speak. But when people say it's a weight loss "myth", that doesn't make sense to me. Obviously, drinking water is going to fill you - what is mythical about that? If you have a hard time with portion control, like myself, it can help keep your food intake to a minimum. I drink water throughout the day and notice a huge difference in eating more steady, small meals than when I go without water, which increases my food intake. You absolutely don't have to drink tons of water in order to survive or lose weight, but the facts are there that it's hydrating, good for you, and helps a lot of people during the weight loss process.
ofdwolf

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 12:48
I was like you Lisa, I had to force myself to drink water. I'd also recommend having a water bottle to drink from, I don't know why but I wouldn't drink enough water if I had to use a glass. After a few weeks I got used to the taste and now rarely drink any other cold drink.
Losin25

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 13:01
I have a water tracker app on my cell phone. I don't allow myself to drink anything else until I get in my 12 cups. Of course, I don't drink anything with caffeine so all of my non-calorie beverages can count as water. But it's rewarding myself for working so hard.

I also get a gallon of water in every day. I do hot yoga and if I go there at night with less than 12 cups in me, I really feel it. And I usually drink 4 more while there to get up to my gallon.
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LisaWillB

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 13:02
Thanks wolf! I am on my way to Walmart for a tape measure, a scale and a WATER BOTTLE. Didn't realize until now that the water bottle would be on my "Essentials List". I appreciate the input - advice taken!
Jolac

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 14:01
ADD SQUEEZED LEMONSSSS OR LIMES IN YOUR WATER...IT WILL CLEAN YOUR KIDNEYS. IT IS A PURE CLEANER, ADN WILL FLUSH ALL THE BAD CARBAGES THAT STORES IN YOUR BODY... WHEN I AM BORED WITH IT, I DILUTED FRESH CRANBERRIES AS WELL... WORKS TOO!
LisaWillB

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 14:02
Thanks Marlene - I never considered the medical impact.
Bodicea

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 19:51
Drinking water is one of the traits I've retained from my multiple WW joins - so I do get my 8 - 8oz glasses of water a day. Easier at work because I have a huge (56 oz) cup there that I fill at least twice a day, but harder at home on weekends and vacation days.

So lately I've taken to using a 64 oz container formerly used for mixing juice and filling that with water. When that is empty, I know I've had my minimum amount of water for the day.
"Diet" is a four-letter word.
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LisaWillB

Joined: Dec 11
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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 08:15
Hi Everyone, yesterday I only had two 16 oz bottles of water - not a victory.............today I will shoot for four.
Hoser

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 11:02
Remember that you get lots of water from your food. Your body does need water every day, but it doesn't all have to be in the form of water poured from a glass directly into your mouth.

See:

http://www.thatsfit.com/2009/12/03/diet-myths/

http://www.health24.com/dietnfood/Water_centre/15-167-169,33402.asp

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

And also, don't forget that it's possible to drink too much water (although you're not likely to do it without really trying hard). Water toxicity is real, and people do occasionally die from drinking too much water.
ofdwolf

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 12:09
None to two is a victory Lisa. I know it's hard, I wouldn't drink water unless there was absolutely nothing else to drink.
mikefarinha

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 12:24
I think the biggest thing that is overlooked on the topic of water is that when someone drinks a lot of it they are typically drinking less of something else. That is my guess as to why it helps people. More water means less juice, soda, Starbucks, etc.

Too little water is bad, too much water wears out your toilet.

-Mike
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"
MaggieMoo2

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 18:06
I've doing the 2ltr a day water challenge from this site. Before I started the challenge, I never drank water... Not even one glass. Now after a few weeks I am still drinking my 2ltrs a day. I did mess it up on Christmas day and Boxing day but I am back on track now.

For one who never drank one drink befoe to drinking 2ltrs... That's an achievement for me. I was experiencing weight loss until Christmas Day... When I overendulged in naughties... (Shhh, don't tell anyone)

Anyway I'm back on track as from 2 days ago. Smile

Oh and yes, I use a 600ml bottle as well. I know when I have 3 and a half bottles it's just a little over 2 ltrs. So I make sure I drink all of it. I try to have most of it before lunch as I don't want to spend the night in the toilet.

Good luck with your battle. But I surely recommend joining the mini challenges, like the 2ltr ones. They keep me on track.
If at first I seem a little weird, then it's pretty likely I am. Smile
LisaWillB

Joined: Dec 11
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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 19:49
I suuuuuuuuuuuck at this water thing. Thanks Wolf for the encouraging words. Isn't it sad that I'd rather be thirsty than to drink water? By the way, I've been on vacation for the past 3 weeks. I go back to work Jan. 3, hoping that I will drink more water there than I do here. They have spring water there @ no charge. 2 bottles down, 2 to go.....



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