Drink the dang water

Monday, March 2, 2009

One of the most important things to do when you’re dieting is to DRINK THE DANG WATER. Heck, it’s a good idea even when you aren’t dieting. Not drinking enough water makes it difficult for your body to rid itself of the toxins that can make you feel kind of icky (scientific term). Water helps to metabolize fat and prevent constipation.

Did you know water also helps to regulate your body temperature? And while we, as adults, could survive for up to nine weeks without food, we wouldn’t last more than a couple of days without water. THAT’S how important it is.

So how much should you drink on a daily basis? There has been some debate on this. The standard has always been 64 ounces, Weight Watchers recommends 48 ounces, and other sources say you should drink the equivalent of half of your body weight in ounces (i.e., if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces). So how do you know when you’re getting enough water? Check your urine, people. If it’s dark yellow in color, you need more water. If you’re peeing clear, you’re good to go.

If you start to look like this, maybe you’re drinking too much:

It’s not really as difficult as you might think to get a minimum of 48 ounces down. When I started drinking water regularly, I shot for 64 ounces per day and slowly progressed until I was eventually drinking an easy 100 ounces per day. And then a funny thing happened - I started to crave it and would panic if I was stuck at work with an empty water bottle.

I started buying my bottled water by the gallon, which I would use to refill my water bottles at work. And boy, did I have to hear about it from my coworkers when I would stroll in carrying that monster. Now four other people bring in the big gallons, too. And we no longer waste our time refilling small bottles – we drink it straight from the gallon container (Ice Mountain has a convenient hand grip on the bottle which makes this easy to do). Of course, I’m the only woman who drinks directly from the jug, but I do try to maintain at least an illusion of femininity by not letting too many people actually see me do it.

On a related note, I bought my 7-year old grandchildren reusable water bottles at Christmas as kind of a “throw in gift” because my grandson, especially, LOVES to drink water. They were similar to this:

No, of course I did not give my grandson a Hello Kitty water bottle. His had a manly Batman motif, while my granddaughter’s featured Hannah Montana. They can flip the top up with their thumb and there is a straw concealed underneath. I picked them up at Target and, while I don’t remember the exact cost, I’m sure they were under $15. I cannot tell you how it tickles me to see them toting those water bottles whenever they come over. It’s never too early to start good habits, right?


Bonnie said...

If I have it next to me, I will drink it. If I don't have it with me at all times, I will choose anything else to drink over it.

And my skin looks sooo much better when I've been drinking water.

My kids have their own Nalgene bottles and it's a treat to take them with us wherever we go.

Great reminder, thanks!

pam said...

What a great idea to give the kids water bottles:)

Anonymous said...

How funny - I posted about water a few weeks ago. :) I have a PUR pitcher in the fridge that is always full - I'm the same way about an empty water bottle! And I'm cracking up because I'm always checking to make sure I'm "peeing clear" (as my friends and I refer to it). ;)

Joy said...

That's gotta make you feel good as a Grandma!

I'm terrible at drinking water. It's got to taste like diet Coke before I'll drink it. ;o)

{visiting from Welcomistas}

Camevil said...

I cut out soda and caffeine about 4 years ago and was probably the 2nd best thing I did. First of all, my teeth have been in the best shape ever after years of cavity and other damage caused by that pesky high fructose syrup. And my skin looks great. I lost some of the ruddiness I used to have. I do not have crows feet (unless I squint really hard) and my cheeks are still plump even though I'm almost 40.

Oh, and it keeps me *ahem* regular.

I need to get me one of those jugs. Currently, I reuse my styrofoam cup that I get with my morning tea. Actually, I need to bring in an electric kettle and put a stop to the waste, but now I'm really starting to ramble on....

Shangrila said...

I have such a love/hate relationship with water-drink it in spades but hate every second of it! I AM proud to say that my kids love love love water, and are happy to explain to anyone within hearing distance why it's important to stay hydrated!

Sheryl said...

You are so right about the water, it's so easy to get but we just don't seem to reach for it first. I go through phases with drinking enough.

My 17 year alwasys has a water bottle with her.

Maybe I'll try the gallon container idea and bring it to work.

Thanks for the reminders. Visiting from SITS.

Cyndi said...

Lookin' good, Jean. ;) Thanks for the reminder. I need to step away from the Diet Coke and go get some water.

Brandy said...

That's one thing I am still doing...drinking water each day. Sometimes enough and sometimes just one bottle...

LOL @ the picture!

kristisummer said...

I love water. Well not really, but U tell myself that everyday. Never was a big soda/ juice driker, so I have to stay hydrated some how.

Housewife Savant said...

I'm loving you even more.
Just this afternoon I gave my H2O testimony.
Until 3 years ago the only water I consumed was 1-2 swallows with pills/day.
I'm not a soda drinker and coffee was at [ahem] more reasonable levels then. It was all milk; milk with cereal, milk with bread/toast, milk with... (iwishihadasmallerfont)...PopTarts.
I lost 67 pounds on the PT diet so don't judge. (Gross, huh?)
Now my water habit keeps me around half my weight in ounces, but when I vary (the pee) you can tell. (Is that more gross than the Poptart confessional?)
In the winter I heat water cuz I can't tolerate it cold. I've melted my huge/ladylike quart bottle. I'm thinking I need the gallon.

We'll be great friends. I can tell.