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I know we are suppose to drink at least 8 8oz water a day....I really stuggle with water, it's just so PLAIN Anyway, about the only non-calorie drink I like...no take that back, I LOVE is Red Diamond Sugar-Free tea. It tastes like real home-brewed sweet-tea with no aftertaste!!.

Now my true drink of choice is FULL-SUGAR PEPSI which I know is a big no-no!!.

This is one of the hardest parts for me....

Is it okay to replace my water with the sugar-free tea, or does it really, really, need to be water?.

Do I really want to know the answer to this?.

Comments (68)

A good question to ask NS, and one that seems to be debated around here. Those on the left will say "only water is water". Those on the right will say "Sure, it's just mostly water anyway"..

NS will probably tell you to get 64oz of water in then you can have whatever 0 calorie/0 carb drinks you want on top of it. (Minding condiment/caffeine limitations).

Taken to the extreme, if they said "Yea, sure, drink 64oz of FLUID," people would interpret that as being able to drink 6 diet cokes a day and count that as water, which isnt really what they're after..

Comment #1

I think, and this is only my opinion, that if it is caffeine free and a clear liquid, it counts as water. Caffeine is dehydrating and you don't want that!.

Comment #2

Hi Scrappy Tink,.

NS is Nutrition Support (or Medifast Support). You can contact them directly from the main page on the Discussion Boards.

I hate to bring bad news to you on a Monday, but quite honestly it is 64 ounces of plain water. Anything above and beyond that then you will be able to drink sugar-free flavored water or diet sodas. Just make sure they are zero calories.

I also do not like to drink plain water. This may sound silly, but honestly what I do is fill a glass with 2 cups of water and guzzle it. It now takes me 24 seconds to drink 2 cups of plain water. LOL!!! After I've had my minimum water, then I enjoy my flavored water drinks..

Yes, some people will tell you that it's okay to drink flavored water instead of plain water and to log that as your water intake. You can do that, but it's not being 100% on plan. Surprisingly, what I have found out is that once you start to drink plain water, you will actually start to "crave it" as in you're really thirsty and just want to drink plain water.

Also, drinking plain water does wonders for your complexion. There are lots of benefits to drinking plain water, even for those of us who don't like it..

Best of luck to you!!!.

Comment #3

It really needs to be water! Kimmie is right in the benefits you'll get by drinking water. Keep in mind that your body is MOSTLY water and to keep it running properly, you need to replenish that water. If you have to chug a glass to get it down, then do it.

I love the commercial for one of the bottled water companies stating that your kids don't swing in artificial sweeteners, sugars or colors so why substitute those for the real thing?.

Comment #4

Gosh my 16 oz water bottles were so huge to me when I started. Now I drink 2 1.5 liter bottles plus 32oz a day. It grows on you and is necessary for success in my opinion. Guess I'm a leftist.

Comment #5

You might try a straw. I have found that drinking through a straw makes the water go down a LOT faster!.

Comment #6

Tea and coffee by their very nature dehydrate you. Soda contains a lot of sodium; again a dehydrator. Water has to come first, then these other beverages for this very reason..

Comment #7

I lost a kidney many many years ago and one of the things I had to adjust to was drinking lots of water. I find if I take a bottle of water into the bathroom with me, I can usually finish at least half, if not all, of the bottle while getting rid of what I drank earlier. I am not a big coffee drinker but I do like diet green tea so once I finish my regular water I switch to tea..

Comment #8

I'd advise against drinking lots of tea all day (especially black tea). A lot of people I know are getting kidney stones. Its hot out, our diet is high in protein and we're not getting lots of water from our food (fruit, veg for example) unless we add it (and for some Medifast items I don't use as much water as directed). I'm not saying don't drink any, but I wouldn't discount the benefits of fresh plain water..

Comment #9

Bla, I just knew I wasn't going to like the answer to this question!! Guess I'll have to do my water first and limit my sugar-free tea. That was honestly my consulation for giving up Pepsi, which is the hardest thing in the world to me. I'd honestly rather not eat than give up my Pepsi. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh the agony!!.

Comment #10

Ah but look at the positive... if you do give it up you'll get to your goal weight that much faster! How's that for some help..

Comment #11

I have a hard time with water too, so I use a straw and lots of ice.

I use 20 oz of water at a time (so I can keep up with the count) fill the cup with ice then in the end you're actually getting more water which is a good thing. Then fill the 20 oz again and cram the ice. I use a cup which is actually a 32oz. like the refill ones you would get out at gas station. Called Ractrac here. This is the wasiest way I can keep up..

I too believe water is water. No add ins or subsitutues. All diets I have been on same thing. Plain water. It does get better. Did I say this has been the best of all the diets I have tried..

Comment #12

How you disperse appropriate amounts of water at a Medifast meetup:.

Comment #13

This is a great suggestion! I find that when I use a straw or water bottle with a nozzle, it is so much easier for me to get not only the required amount of water but also more. For some reason, drinking from a glass is hard for me. I've been using a Camelback bottle (you can get them at ****'s Sporting Goods) and my boyfriend's water bottle that came with his bike..

Comment #14

When I started putting my water in a water bottle with a straw, I was able to really enjoy and guzzle it. I get my water bottles at BedBathandBeyond. They are $6.99 and come in a transparent purple, green, clear, blue and a smoky color. They have a flip up thing which is the mouthpiece for the straw and a black rubber grip thing for your hand on the outside. They also have a tube that you can remove and put in the freezer and then you put it back in the bottle (it fits in a slot so it doesn't slosh around in there) to help keep the water colder. Anyway, I love these bottles (bought 2 more today). Don't know why the straw thing makes a difference, but it does for me..

Comment #15

So, this is the little beauty of a water bottle. Hopefully this is a link and not just an address.

[/url]http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16371041[/url].

Comment #16

Believe me, it does get easier. It definitely helped me at first to have a large bottle like the one above with a straw. I drink a TON when I use a bottle like that. I got mine at WalMart and bought like 4 of them.... well.... mostly because my kids raided my bottle 'stash.

Comment #17

A good question to ask NS, and one that seems to be debated around here. Those on the left will say "only water is water". Those on the right will say "Sure, it's just mostly water anyway"..

NS will probably tell you to get 64oz of water in then you can have whatever 0 calorie/0 carb drinks you want on top of it. (Minding condiment/caffeine limitations).

Taken to the extreme, if they said "Yea, sure, drink 64oz of FLUID," people would interpret that as being able to drink 6 diet cokes a day and count that as water, which isnt really what they're after...

Comment #18

I think, and this is only my opinion, that if it is caffeine free and a clear liquid, it counts as water. Caffeine is dehydrating and you don't want that!..

Comment #19

Hi Scrappy Tink,.

NS is Nutrition Support (or Medifast Support). You can contact them directly from the main page on the Discussion Boards.

I hate to bring bad news to you on a Monday, but quite honestly it is 64 ounces of plain water. Anything above and beyond that then you will be able to drink sugar-free flavored water or diet sodas. Just make sure they are zero calories.

I also do not like to drink plain water. This may sound silly, but honestly what I do is fill a glass with 2 cups of water and guzzle it. It now takes me 24 seconds to drink 2 cups of plain water. LOL!!! After I've had my minimum water, then I enjoy my flavored water drinks..

Yes, some people will tell you that it's okay to drink flavored water instead of plain water and to log that as your water intake. You can do that, but it's not being 100% on plan. Surprisingly, what I have found out is that once you start to drink plain water, you will actually start to "crave it" as in you're really thirsty and just want to drink plain water.

Also, drinking plain water does wonders for your complexion. There are lots of benefits to drinking plain water, even for those of us who don't like it..

Best of luck to you!!!..

Comment #20

It really needs to be water! Kimmie is right in the benefits you'll get by drinking water. Keep in mind that your body is MOSTLY water and to keep it running properly, you need to replenish that water. If you have to chug a glass to get it down, then do it.

I love the commercial for one of the bottled water companies stating that your kids don't swing in artificial sweeteners, sugars or colors so why substitute those for the real thing?..

Comment #21

Gosh my 16 oz water bottles were so huge to me when I started. Now I drink 2 1.5 liter bottles plus 32oz a day. It grows on you and is necessary for success in my opinion. Guess I'm a leftist..

Comment #22

You might try a straw. I have found that drinking through a straw makes the water go down a LOT faster!..

Comment #23

Tea and coffee by their very nature dehydrate you. Soda contains a lot of sodium; again a dehydrator. Water has to come first, then these other beverages for this very reason...

Comment #24

I lost a kidney many many years ago and one of the things I had to adjust to was drinking lots of water. I find if I take a bottle of water into the bathroom with me, I can usually finish at least half, if not all, of the bottle while getting rid of what I drank earlier. I am not a big coffee drinker but I do like diet green tea so once I finish my regular water I switch to tea...

Comment #25

I'd advise against drinking lots of tea all day (especially black tea). A lot of people I know are getting kidney stones. Its hot out, our diet is high in protein and we're not getting lots of water from our food (fruit, veg for example) unless we add it (and for some Medifast items I don't use as much water as directed). I'm not saying don't drink any, but I wouldn't discount the benefits of fresh plain water...

Comment #26

Bla, I just knew I wasn't going to like the answer to this question!! Guess I'll have to do my water first and limit my sugar-free tea. That was honestly my consulation for giving up Pepsi, which is the hardest thing in the world to me. I'd honestly rather not eat than give up my Pepsi. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh the agony!!..

Comment #27

Ah but look at the positive... if you do give it up you'll get to your goal weight that much faster! How's that for some help...

Comment #28

I have a hard time with water too, so I use a straw and lots of ice.

I use 20 oz of water at a time (so I can keep up with the count) fill the cup with ice then in the end you're actually getting more water which is a good thing. Then fill the 20 oz again and cram the ice. I use a cup which is actually a 32oz. like the refill ones you would get out at gas station. Called Ractrac here. This is the wasiest way I can keep up..

I too believe water is water. No add ins or subsitutues. All diets I have been on same thing. Plain water. It does get better. Did I say this has been the best of all the diets I have tried...

Comment #29

How you disperse appropriate amounts of water at a Medifast meetup:..

Comment #30

This is a great suggestion! I find that when I use a straw or water bottle with a nozzle, it is so much easier for me to get not only the required amount of water but also more. For some reason, drinking from a glass is hard for me. I've been using a Camelback bottle (you can get them at ****'s Sporting Goods) and my boyfriend's water bottle that came with his bike...

Comment #31

When I started putting my water in a water bottle with a straw, I was able to really enjoy and guzzle it. I get my water bottles at BedBathandBeyond. They are $6.99 and come in a transparent purple, green, clear, blue and a smoky color. They have a flip up thing which is the mouthpiece for the straw and a black rubber grip thing for your hand on the outside. They also have a tube that you can remove and put in the freezer and then you put it back in the bottle (it fits in a slot so it doesn't slosh around in there) to help keep the water colder. Anyway, I love these bottles (bought 2 more today). Don't know why the straw thing makes a difference, but it does for me...

Comment #32

So, this is the little beauty of a water bottle. Hopefully this is a link and not just an address.

[/url]http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16371041[/url]..

Comment #33

Believe me, it does get easier. It definitely helped me at first to have a large bottle like the one above with a straw. I drink a TON when I use a bottle like that. I got mine at WalMart and bought like 4 of them.... well.... mostly because my kids raided my bottle 'stash..

Comment #34


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