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Does tea count towards water consumption?


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Does anyone know if loose leaf, natural, decaf tea count towards your 8 glasses of water?  Unsweetened.  I think it does, but wanted a second (or more) opinion.

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Thanks!  Also, what's the final verdict on the green tea/ weight loss thing?  I've read about some success.

Replacing sugary soda & shakes & stuff with plain tea is what causes people to lose weight, it's the deficit created not the tea itself. Best case scenario: some teas have diuretic effects and cause a slight drop in poundage BUT it is not weight loss, the fat is still in place.

There's no way to circumvent exercising and running on a deficit. All miracles advertised are hoaxes.

oh yeah, I'm definitely doing diet/exercise, I learned finally there's no fast way.  But I was going to add the tea.  Sounds like it's healthy at least.  I probably should just add which flavors I like most, as long as it's unsweetened.  I need to replace my diet soda anyways. thanks!

I personally don't count caffeinated beverages because they have a diuretic effect and tend to dehydrate you.  But I'd definitely count decaf tea. 

Decaf tea, yes.  Caffeinated teas need to be replaced by an equal amount of water to make up for the diuretic properties.

Actually I recall literature finding that coffee and tea count towards your daily water intake, rather than taking away from it. As in, the "dehydration" thing is overblown.

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Actually I recall literature finding that coffee and tea count towards your daily water intake, rather than taking away from it. As in, the "dehydration" thing is overblown.

Hm, good to hear.  I love my coffee :)

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Actually I recall literature finding that coffee and tea count towards your daily water intake, rather than taking away from it. As in, the "dehydration" thing is overblown.

Exactly.........plus if someone regularly drinks coffee the diuretic effect is minimal......

I saw this BBC documentary, they did an experiment with twins: 1 drinking 2L water on top of normal diet and the other not. They found no difference. We do require this amount of fluid per day, but we get most of it from our food. Not saying don't drink water, have a drink when you are thirsty, but no need to force down 2L of EXTRA water...

I think "recommended fluid intakes" are a bit daft unless you have a medical condition that requires you to restrict. If your urine is pale, your mouth isn't dry and your skin turgor is okay then generally speaking, you're drinking enough. We get loads of water from the food that we eat (if you eat a healthy diet).

I have upped my fluid intake a lot since starting at CC, but not because I think it helps with weight loss (or my health in general). I'm drinking more because it does seem to reduce fluid retention, and that means I'm less likely to see my weight move in the wrong direction! Once I'm happy with my weight, I'll probably go back to my old ways when I would often only drink 500mls of actual fluid in a day (without being dehydrated). That said, I'm working on upping my exercise which always makes me drink a disproportionate amount for the water I'm losing as sweat, so if I stick with that, I probably will still drink more overall.

I agree that we get most of our fluids from our foods but if you exercise you need the extra fluid and I think water is best. OK i'm off my soap box now. 

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The whole water thing is a MARKETING SCAM.  It was invented by bottled water companies to get you to buy their water.   That's why coffee and coke "don't count."  They just want you to buy plain water, from THEM.   Follow your body, not some fat cat's profit motive.

You dont have to buy/drink bottled water tho.  I have a 1.5 ltr bottle on my desk that I fill up (daily) from the tap and sip away throughout the day.  Keeps me refreshed and hydrated esp with the AC on full blast.  Actually I think it's time for a cup of peppermint or lemon/ginger to warm my cockles Laughing

You believe in calorie deficits. What makes a water deficit so hard to swallow?

Your body is mostly water (7/10ths). You lose nearly 4 ltrs daily through exhalation, perpiration, getting rid of bodily wastes, etc - that's on an average day. Sooooo, if you lose 4 ltrs and take in 1 ltr - Voila! It's a water deficit!

Caffeine IS a diuretic - period (I'm not a fat cat who's gonna make $ off you). Believing that caffeinated drinks count the same as water is pure wishful thinking.

Put these facts together and what pops out?  You NEED to drink/eat/consume about 4 ltrs of water everyday to keep your heart and brain and bowels and skin, etc hydrated properly. Most people are constantly somewhat dehydrated.  

Wow, this really divides people.  Personally, I have a glass of water from the tap or water cooler while I'm making a cup of tea or coffee, just in case!

I completely agree with getthinsteve.  Water should not be thought of as a diet tool as much as a requirement for healthy living.  The idea that it helps you lose weight is in the fact that it's calorie/sodium/fat free, and the more you drink the more full you fill and less prone to snacking.  Also, if you're properly hydrated, your body is running properly.  You have more energy, clarity in thinking, good digestion and bowel movements, and the better you feel the more likely you'll get out and exercise.  I tried running 20 minutes dehydrated a while back and felt like I was about to die.  I felt like I couldn't breathe and was about to pass out at any minute.  When I was properly hydrated I did 25 minutes of running no problem.  I think as long as what you're drinking isn't caffienated (as I sip a diet dr pepper...) or alcoholic, it counts towards water consumption, though if it's not water, it'll add to your calorie count for the day.

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I completely agree with getthinsteve.  Water should not be thought of as a diet tool as much as a requirement for healthy living.  The idea that it helps you lose weight is in the fact that it's calorie/sodium/fat free, and the more you drink the more full you fill and less prone to snacking.  Also, if you're properly hydrated, your body is running properly.  You have more energy, clarity in thinking, good digestion and bowel movements, and the better you feel the more likely you'll get out and exercise.  I tried running 20 minutes dehydrated a while back and felt like I was about to die.  I felt like I couldn't breathe and was about to pass out at any minute.  When I was properly hydrated I did 25 minutes of running no problem.  I think as long as what you're drinking isn't caffienated (as I sip a diet dr pepper...) or alcoholic, it counts towards water consumption, though if it's not water, it'll add to your calorie count for the day.

 Agree

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I agree... water keeps your body and mind working better.  I too do not think of it as a slimming strategy.  I do know that if I don't drink enough I don't think as clearly (I lectured and found sipping  bottle of water kept me sharper as the day progressed.  I do find that I can weigh more if I ate saltier foods the day before and didn't drink enough.  I never go out for a walk without water, no matter how short a time I plan on being out. I did it once and felt wiped out when I got home.  Ok, I did end up walking further than intended but I learned how important it is to be hydrated.

The 8 glasses of water includes all water... even from foodstuff.... for example 100g of potato has about 70g of water... So do not bother to have 8 glasses of water... Just see that your urine is clear... That is a pretty good indication that your body is getting enough water

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