Tone It Up: How Much Water Should I Drink?

Tone It Up: How Much Water Should I Drink?

 

 

This story is from our partner, Tone It Up! We’ll be sharing Tone It Up’s best fitness and healthy living tips. Today’s post is all about how much water you should really be drinking in a day:

Tone It Up: How Much Water Should I Drink?
Hey everyone, it’s Katrina and Karena here from Tone It Up! Today we have a little challenge for you. We want you to try to drink half your body weight in ounces of water (at least) throughout the day for the next 8 weeks! Here’s why this is so important…

Water increases your metabolism.

Your body is made up almost entirely of water. It’s hard to believe, but everything in your body is floating in a water-based suspension. Also, many of our bodily functions require water in some part of their equation to function properly. In this case, we are going to talk about the liver…

Water cleans out your system.

The liver is an amazing organ. Of its many functions, one is to take released body fat and break it down for use as energy (a process called lipolysis). However, when hydration levels get as low as 80 percent, the liver and kidneys have a difficult time functioning and filtering all that thickened blood. Since kidney function trumps liver function on the task-list of sustaining life, the amazing liver does what it can to take over for the kidneys. Wow, we are sure glad that is the case, otherwise we would all be in some serious trouble! If the liver isn’t able to do its job, our bodies cannot break down fat and use it for energy at the rate in which we need it to. Let’s just say that is not good for your body fat percentage.

In order for proper diet and exercise to be truly effective, you’ll need to maintain a proper hydration level so that the body fat released into the bloodstream can be broken up into proteins. You want these fat cells to be broken up into proteins because those are the building blocks of muscle! It’s a simple equation…more water equals less fat and more muscle.

How much water is enough?

Water increases your metabolism so much that if you’re chronically dehydrated, it can mean up to an 8-pound weight gain or more per year. No wonder weight creeps on! Your challenge is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, someone who weights 150 pounds should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day. This doesn’t mean all at once, it means throughout the whole day.

We can all mistake thirst for hunger too, which leads to eating more unnecessary calories, so it’s important to always have water handy. Get that calendar out and mark it down to remind yourself!

Can you do the water challenge?

Let us know if you have any tricks for staying hydrated in the comments below!

XO Team LC

P.S. If you liked this post, be sure to check out Tone It Up for more fitness tips from Katrina and Karena.

Photo: Tone It Up
Categories: Get Fit, Health
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  • Chelsea Casher

    The amount of water I’ll need is almost embarrassing. I admittedly only drink water at bedtime, and I seem to be extremely thirsty then, and per this article, obviously I’m dehydrated. Yes, I’ll be starting the water challenge tomorrow first thing! I am slowly getting caffeine out of my system, too, so this will help a ton!

  • kjandersen11

    Thanks for the reminder! I def need to increase my water intake. I

  • Cassie Bananas

    wow, this is really informative. id always heard it was important to drink lots of water, but never knew why, so I didnt make it a priority. now i definitely will!!!

  • Stacie

    Are you doing math I don’t understand, or is there a typo? 150/2 is 75, right?
    I know it’s not a big difference, but I just wanna make sure I understand.

  • Michelle V

    If you ever had a kidney stone you will never again want one (people say worse pain then childbirth) and water helps protect you from those! Some things I do to make my water more interesting: http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2011/10/just-add-water.html

  • Franci Gire

    Slowly but surely I’ve been increasing how much water I drink daily so its not overwhelming. I would add cucumbers to my water to make it more tasty!

    -Franci
    http://www.TheFashionPalate.com

  • Melina Kunze

    This was very informative. I’m starting the challenge today!

  • My Style Diary

    I love the tone it up girls! They share great knowledge and work out ideas. :)
    Water and tea are basically the only things I drink throughout the day so I’m definitely taking on the water challenge! Hopefully I can reach my goals then..

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  • Harmony

    you are right Stacie!

  • Harmony

    good tips I am inspired to drink more water now

  • Deana Toussi

    A couple of months ago, my roommate and I have started our own “”Nalgene”” challenge – drink a certain number of ounces by certain times of the day. Our water bottles are labeled and filled to the top, and we’ll try to drink at least 16oz every 2-3 hours for a total of at least 64oz by the end of the night. Labeling the water bottle with the hour of which we should have drank helps keeping you on top of this as well. But once this becomes a habit, I don’t have to think about it anymore and my body actually feels off when I haven’t drank enough water that day. Great challenge!

  • Deanne Castro

    I need to do this! Thanks for the tips! :)

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    I need to do this! Thanks for the tips! :)

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  • Lindsay Adams

    Is it possible to drink too much water?

  • Kaitlin Ostrowski

    I’ve heard a glass of warm water with a little honey and lemon does wonders for digestion! (Thanks, mom).

  • arin

    I try to drink one bottle (16oz) between each meal. It makes it really easy to keep track of how many I drink and also if I dink 5 bottles, I hit at least 80oz.

  • Rachel

    I am never drinking enough water! So after reading this I am taking the challenge!

    Rachel
    theoxfordstyle.com

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  • Stacie

    Thanks Harmony!

  • tangerine3000

    I always wondered how much I should drink at one time. I tend to down it all at one time, but I know that’s not effective…

  • Sunflower85

    I keep my 32 oz. re-usable water bottle on my desk and when I think I am getting hungry before lunchtime or after breakfast I start drinking water keeps me hydrated and reminds me to drink water throughout the day!

  • megan magers

    i always get so mad at myself when i go to bed knowing i didnt drink enough water for the day, especially on days i work out–its always important to drink extra (but how much extra??)–because i can really feel the effects, the fatigue and false hunger etc. but, i have my reusable 32 oz bpa free bottle that i take wherever i go and know i need to drink at least two a day! so helpful to have, even for the environments sake! Of course, ive found its even easier to drink lots of water if you have a straw so they have reusable cups as well xo

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  • Ashley

    I already do this!! Water is so important :) http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Kelby Peachey

    Excellent points. People think I’m weird that I carry a water bottle with me everywhere, but if I don’t, I never drink the quantity I need. It’s one of the first things I bought when I moved from Denver to Boston. :)

    I also set reminders on my calendar to go off to remind me to drink water and snacks too. It helps!

    -Kelby
    http://peachypains.com

  • Becca2894

    Being in college I find it difficult to drink enough water each day, but I found if I carry my water bottle around with me all day I drink all the water quicker so I do not have to carry the bottle around anymore. But then I fill it up again. It’s a bit of a vicious circle but I has helped me a lot!

  • Mrs.Bagai

    Thanks for the reminder ladies:) This works for me , I am at home during the day…I leave a glass next to the kitchen sink(yes, I drink tap water) and when ever I am walk into the kitchen I down a glass of water. Simple but it works for me!

  • Anna

    I have found that drinking out of the camel back water bottles have made it so much easier. I could drink 3 full bottles within a few hours!

  • Diamenrose

    I love this post :) Drinking a lot of water has belonged to my new years resolutions since i used to be really lazy with drinking water. However now i have water nearly always standing on my working desk.
    whenever i do some research on websites and open some tabs i have to drink water (this is my rule) and i have to say i am doing good :). Also i feel much better (active).

  • KMitchell

    Invest in a 32 oz Bobble ! It has a filter in the cap that lasts for 3 months, and is eco (and wallet) friendly. It’s great when you’re on the go since you can iust use water from the tap. Drink 2-3 bottles a day and you’re set for your daily water intake.

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  • torimcp

    In the ‘Get Fit Quick Plan’ post, it says to drink your full weight in ounces of water everyday. Is that the better option for getting in shape more quickly, and the above is a more attainable daily goal? Or would you recommend one over the other?

  • Caitlin Harbison

    This is a great idea; however, anyone following this plan should be very careful about how much they consume throughout a period of time. Read this medical article for more information about how much and how often to drink throughout the day. http://m.voices.yahoo.com/water-intoxication-much-water-too-much-201296.html

  • Caitlin Harbison

    VERY possible!!! Everyone must follow this with caution. Read my post about the dangers of drinking too much water too fast!

  • AnselSf

    My two tips are really simple:
    1: If you really dislike the flavor of water, (or lack thereof) you can always add a twist of lemon, so it changes a bit.
    2: Bottle it up! If you always have a bottle of water in hand, it is harder to forget to drink it, so I always do this.

  • Leanne

    I haven’t been drinking enough. Thanks for making me take note of this!

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Lenka

    I always have my re-usable water bottle with me so I’m drinking water all day.

  • Katy Allaire

    I’ll be participating in this challenge to make sure I am getting enough water! Plus, I’ll be posting my progress on my blog.

    http://sweetchicwrites.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/the-water-challenge/

  • Paulina Mo

    you don’t need to ask me twice! Water is so important, so doing this!

    ~Pau
    my fashion blog: http://www.lilbitsofchic.com

  • Brynn Andre

    Great tips. How much water to drink. Half your body weight in ounces.

  • xitlaliC

    I love drinking water, my doctor recommended I drink 2 liters a day (no idea how much that is in gallons) anyways when I don’t drink as much I start to break out. so I get back in track again :)

  • Bri

    Wow, this is a serious reality check! Thanks for the advice!

  • Taryn Gavin

    Hello all, my name is Taryn Gavin i am proud to say I am a TIU member :) staying hydrated is key to your success in being healthy. I love the ways we add fruit to all of our waters! Freeze fruit and use them as ice cubes, not only does it keep your drinks cold but it also adds a little color too! I probably drink half of what my recommended amount is by noon and continue to drink water all day!! Staying refreshed makes me feel better during my workouts as well! It all works together for a well balanced healthy lifestyle.

  • NidLid

    I always drink water between meals! It helps keeps you hydrated and boosts your metabolism!

    I would love it if you guys checked out my fashion/beauty blog! :)
    http://www.infinitefashion27.blogspot.ca

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  • Emily

    I’m still in school and i try to drink at least half of a bottle every period. My coach says i need to be drinking more than 3 bottles of water everyday or else i won’t perform my best.

    I also have a really cute water bottle with one of the squishy tops that you drink out of, and i feel like that makes it easier to drink the water which doesn’t taste so great to me.

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  • Hales

    sometimes, for whatever reason, i have a hard time drinking a ton of water because i get nauseous or i want flavor! when this happens, i add a green tea bag, lemon, and a little honey, and sometimes even add a fruit tea bag. green tea is great for you and you still get your full glass of water, with more flavor! Xx

  • Fop Gurung

    wow! thanks for sharing it.

  • kriss

    Typically its recommended to drink half of your body weight in oz, for example if you weigh 140lbs, you should drink at least 70oz of water. If you have an iPhone there are plenty of apps that help you keep track of your water intake. Here is one that is simple to use called WaterMinder, it reminds and allows you to log your drank water to make sure you drink enough. Hope this helps! https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=653031147&mt=8

  • Christine Bishop

    Starting the water challenge tomorrow!!!!

  • Milli

    lol thats gonna be really hard! :)

  • KO James

    just started using the water app its amazing right on down to the reminder if you don’t update in too long, we all can do better with a little reminder of the big picture

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