We all know that drinking water helps when trying to lose weight. Currently I’m trying to figure out how much I should be drinking to maximize my results. I’ve searched around on this site, and on the internet, but there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on how much is optimum.
Pretty much everyone agrees that:
- 64oz per day is good for you
- If your urine isn’t clear you’re not drinking enough
Left to my own devices without any sort of plan, my daily water intake is between 0-8oz which is obviously not good. The max intake I’ve ever had was back in 1996 during a USMC training operation out in the Mojave desert.
Wearing flak jackets and helmets in the middle of August while sitting in an armored vehicle or running around is about the hottest experience I’ve ever had. I was drinking about 12 1 quart canteens a day and honestly was still dehydrated, I just couldn’t stand to drink any more.
Recommendations vary from a low end of 8 8oz glasses a day (64oz) to 0.6oz per pound of body weight (152oz, 1.18 gallons!), or even higher. This assumes normal activity levels and environmental temperature, obviously this would be more under certain conditions.
While it takes some effort, I don’t have too much trouble getting in the 64oz minimum, but getting over a gallon has proved troublesome. My question is, will I see better weight loss results by drinking more than 64oz, and how much is enough?