If you ask a nutritionist how to drink more water, they will usually say “drink when you're thirsty”. The problem with that is, I'm never thirsty! I can go all day without drinking anything at all and not even realize it. In order for me to drink more water and make sure my body stays hydrated, I have to set alarms, make it fun, and even add fruit or flavoring sometimes.
How to Drink More Water
How much water you need to drink depends on a variety of things:
— your size (height/weight)
— your general health
— if you're pregnant/breastfeeding
— exercise level
While Weight Watchers says you need to drink 48 ounces of liquid a day, and they allow you to count coffee, tea, and even juice and diet soda, I completely disagree with them on this. I'm a huge fan of drinking half your bodyweight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 pounds, aim for 100 ounces. There are many studies to back this up, along with my own personal experience and a recommendation from my doctor. If your weight loss stalls, not drinking enough water could be the culprit (sodium could be another one).
The main way I “trick” myself into drinking more water is by using my favorite cups. Yes, cups as in plural, because I have like 5 of the same cup. I also keep a Starbucks cup for water when I'm in the car because the Bubba cup doesn't fit in my cup holder.
I have a Weight Watchers group on Facebook and a member (thanks, Gina!) suggested this:
Drink 16 oz water with each meal (breakfast, lunch & dinner). It not only helps you feel full but also helps you get your daily water in. I drank 16 oz water bottles with each meal (refillable bottles come in this size too). 4 servings @ 16 ounces is 64 ounces per day. Between what I drink during exercise & at meals I drink 80 oz per day usually. Another plus of drinking so much water with each meal is that I'm not in the bathroom every half hour because I'm not sipping water all day. This approach is definitely worth a try.
Bottom line is: you probably need to drink more water. Check your pee. My doctor says if it's clear, you're good. If it's not, you should probably drink more. Mine is always light yellow and I'm okay with that, but if it gets dark yellow or even an amber color, I know it's time to DRINK UP!
Apps to help you drink water
There are so many apps to help you remember to hydrate each day. I just started using Plant Nanny. If you're old school, track your water intake in your bullet journal!
Plant Nanny: Adorable app where you grow a plant as you drink water. Available on Google Play and iTunes.
Waterbalance: Delivers facts about water and health. Allows you to earn badges and share achievements with friends. Available on Google Play and iTunes.
Daily Water: Simple, single-focused app. If you don't want any fluff, this is the app for you. Available on iTunes.
Ways to dress up water
Flavor packets: There are so many options for flavoring water, including Mio and Crystal Light. I absolutely love the Great Value flavor packets, especially the lemonade and strawberry lemonade flavors. :)
Add fruit: Search Pinterest for “fruit water” or “fruit infused water”. Since fruit is a 0 point food, you don't have to worry about racking up points.
Seltzer Water: Simple Truth Organic has several different flavors and they are all zero points for 12 oz.
Stop and chug Challenge
This is a challenge that was suggested by someone in my group as well. If you really struggle with drinking water, set an alarm on your phone for 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, and 6PM. Each time your alarm goes off, stop and “chug” a bottle of water. Chances are, you'll need to drink a little in between the challenges as well to get to half your bodyweight in ounces, but it's a good start.
If you're still drinking soda, juice, Starbucks, etc this one may work for you. Before you allow yourself to get a Starbucks drink (or soda or whatever), you must drink 32 ounces of water. If you're used to starting your day with Starbucks, that might be difficult, but it's worth trying. Or, if you start your day with Starbucks you can do that but ONLY if you promise to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water throughout the day. Don't drink the water? Don't get Starbucks the next day.
It seems silly but sometimes I have to play games with myself and figure out a way to be tricked or bribed into drinking water. It works. After a while, drinking enough water will become a habit.
Have you heard of the Weight Watchers Freestyle program?
I hope you've tried it and are loving it as much as I am! I lost 50 pounds and am on my way to losing another 50, by eating delicious meals like this Chicken Skillet. I love this program so much, because there's no “you can't eat that”… you can eat whatever you want, within moderation, as long as you track it! If you're struggling to stay within your daily points, check out the Zero Point food list.
Join my free Weight Watchers Freestyle Success group on Facebook!
While you're here, check out my newest FREESTYLE recipes:
Dessert Pizza from my friend, Jen.
Pretzel crusted chicken nuggets from my friend, Katie.
And Weight Watchers Lemon Pound Cake from my friend, Melissa!