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Water Intake


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So this morning I was listening to the radio and they were discussing the Dolce Diet and Mike Dolce (the creator) said that part of the key is water intake and said he recommended drinking 1 gallon of water for women and 2 gallons of water for men. 

Is there an upper limit on the amount of water you should intake?  Two gallons seems like a lot of water and something impossible to achieve, I barely get my 8 glasses in most days...

Thoughts?

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Hmm it sounds about right actually.... for me anway. I try to drink at least 2 liters per day.

I also think that water recommendations vary depending on your weight, the type of climate you live in, that type of thing.. You can google water recommendations or something like that to see what you should be drinking.

At some point you are going to start throwing off your electrolyte balance, I'd think.  Seems excessive, and definitely not necessary for losing weight.

Two gallons a day for men seems pretty excessive.  And it's ridiculous not basing it on weight, a 160lb guy needs less water than a 280lb guy. 

A much better guideline is 1oz of water per day for every 2lbs of body weight, with more for people in dryer climates or that exercise/sweat a great deal.  That's enough to keep you and your skin properly hydrated and to keep water-weight down by flushing out excess sodium.

I easily drink a gallon of water or more a day but that is all I drink except for one cup of coffee in the morning and maybe a cup or two of green tea once or twice a week. I am a firm believer in the more water the better and believe it has helped a great deal in my weight loss and keeping it off. Also very good for digestion. You can over do it. There is such a thing as water poisoning but it is rare and normally happens when someone drinks a very large amount of water in a  short period of time. It also flushes sodium out of your system but since most Americans consume way to much sodium that is not normally an issue unless again you are drinking far too much water.

The recommended amount is 8 8ounce servings of water a day, It is approximately 1/2 gallon. You do not want to drink too much water because as weird as it seems, it can be unhealthy for your body. To make sure I am getting enough water I use a water bottle that is 64ounces, they are sold at most grocery and retail stores. I highly suggest getting one! 

Too much water can casue a condition called water intoxication, where your sodium level is diluted, which affects the brain cells. It can be very dangerous. Usually we just urinate off what we don't need, but too much at one time- more than the kidneys can handle- can be dangerous. I think the recommendations from other posters here are much more reasonable.

Hi there

I used to drink so much water until i got a pain on the left side of my waist, and somebody said i drink too much water that my kidneys cant take it...lol! but now i make sure to drink two glasses on an empty stomach in the morning then few during the day and two again in the evening before i eat my dinner...

Excessive water can kill you - Google the woman who died a few years ago from it.

Basic rule of thumb, drink half you weight (in ounces) in water.  If you weight 150lbs, drink 75 oz day.

Original Post by raycia:

Hi there

I used to drink so much water until i got a pain on the left side of my waist, and somebody said i drink too much water that my kidneys cant take it...lol! but now i make sure to drink two glasses on an empty stomach in the morning then few during the day and two again in the evening before i eat my dinner...

Might have been a small kidney stone, drinking enough water is a good way to prevent those from forming. 

It's pretty hard to drink so much water your kidneys can't handle it, they can handle somewhere around 16 gallons a day.  You'd seriously mess up your electrolite levels, possibly enough to kill you, LONG before that happened.

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