Have you heard the adage if you wait until you are thirsty you are already dehydrated? Well, there is some truth to that. Do you know how much water you should be consuming in one day? The older guidelines suggested 8 glasses of water (64 ounces) of water is what you should be drinking each day. Using this suggestion would mean that a woman who weighs 150 pounds and a man who weighs 350 both need the same amount of water intake a day. That doesn’t sound quite right.
So how much should you be drinking?
Follow this easy formula: Take your weight in pounds, divide it in half. That is the minimum ounces of water you should be drinking a day.
Say you weigh 200 lbs. You should drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. If you have a 20-ounce reusable water bottle (which are pretty common) you only need to consume its contents 5 times in one whole day. If you drink 20 ounces every 2 hours at work, on a standard work day, that knocks out 80 ounces just at work!
Now, mind you this is only the minimum standard, if you are active or when you work out, that will require more water to replenish your body.
Not loving the idea of drinking water all day every day at work? Spice it up with slices of fresh lime or lemon or even strawberries to give it a yum taste factor.
Still struggling to make it happen? Challenge your family and friends to a gallon challenge! You see who can make it the longest consuming a gallon (or consider half or ¾ of a gallon) of water a day. Find a way for everyone to log their water intake and bring on some friendly competition (no sorry, soda, juices or alcoholic beverages do not count).
Basically, there is no shortage of ways for you to dedicate yourself to drinking a minimum amount of water a day.
your weight divided by 2 = ounce of water a day
it’s that easy!