Throughout my life and I’m sure yours too, health professionals and parents have told us that you must drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day or you will end up dehydrated and your body will not be able to detoxify properly. . I used to follow this advice religiously, just like I used to eat 6 meals a day when I was young and naive and thought this was what I had to do to build muscle. I never liked it, but I did it because everyone, including health professionals, gave this advice. However, I grew up a bit and saw that maybe the mainstream doesn’t always tell the truth and this led me to investigate how much water you should drink per day.
Do you think it makes sense to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water?
Seriously think about it, you’re not even thirsty, and for some reason we still need to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water. Perhaps our thirst mechanism is no longer working properly. However, I suspect it is. A scientific study on water intake was conducted that evaluated people who drank water at set times versus people who simply drank when thirsty. The study concluded that the group that drank only when thirsty was not dehydrated as the mainstream may have you believe.
Is there water in your food?
What people don’t realize is that water doesn’t just exist as pure water. H2O is found in your food, some more than others. They say that the average person gets about 4 cups of water directly from food. You won’t get much from dry foods like bread, but think of a crunchy apple or watermelon.
Water from other sources
You can also get water from drinks like fruit juices, alcohol, tea, and coffee. Alcohol, tea, and coffee are said to be diuretics, but this only happens when they are drunk in large quantities. 3 cups of coffee a day will add to your intake, not take away.
How Much Water Should You Drink To Lose Weight?
This is where things get even crazier. Mainstream would suggest 1 gallon, which is roughly 16 cups of water per day. That’s twice what I normally recommend. They justify this by saying that it helps eliminate toxins. When I diet, I personally increase my water intake even when I am not thirsty. The reason is because when I’m on a low calorie diet, the hunger pangs can get worse and water can curb this hunger and make you feel fuller.
So how much water should you drink a day?
I would just suggest listening to your body and drinking when you are thirsty. If you are on a low calorie diet, drink a glass of water if hunger pangs increase. Bottled water is a big industry, and I suspect that telling you to drink more water leads you to buy more bottled water and increase your profits. If you read this and still decide to drink 6 to 16 glasses of water a day, I wish you luck with all the extra trips to the bathroom.