There’s even more data out in support of water consumption.
We did a small study as part of the development of Plan Z the diet by Zola. One group in our study was allowed to just drink as much water as they wanted during a day and by most standards, that meant they didn’t drink very much. I try to cajole people into drinking at least 70 ounces a day. You would not believe the number of excuses I get for not hitting the mark. It’s as bad as “my dog ate my homework”.
Then there was another group who embraced the idea of drinking water and that group consistently drank more than 100 ounces of water per day. YAY for them!
The even bigger reason to celebrate is the group who drank the large quantities of water lost a whopping 30 percent more than those who drank 70 ounces or less.
So there’s your first reason to drink more water if your goal is to lose weight.
And don’t worry. Your body will get used to it. For the first few days when you increase your water intake I will admit you’ll spend more time in the washroom. Interesting thing is your body gets used to it. Then your body begins to crave water and might even begin to prefer water to other drinks; like mine does.
Some folks ask me. “Can I count my coffee as part of my water intake?” My answer is technically, yes, but it’s actually a bit counter-productive. Most folks realize that caffeine dehydrates you so it’s not good to count it as part of your 100 ounces. I do 100 ounces of water no matter what else I drink, and the other stuff just becomes bonus. Make sense?
The old adage is drink eight glasses of water per day. That’s old news now. There is a rule of thumb you can use to determine the minimum amount of water you should drink in a day. It’s the newest science. Drink a half ounce of water per day for each pound you weigh. Clock in at that amount and your body will stay hydrated. So if you are a 230 pound person that’s 115 ounces of water. Just take your weight and divide by two. Easy math.
Now, why do you want your body that hydrated? My first reason is weight loss. My second reason is pain management.