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Water Break!

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You can find the water logging tool on Fitbit.com under the Log Food page.

Most people are aware that water is an essential part of staying well and an overall healthy lifestyle, but how much water to drink, and why it’s so important, might not be quite as well known.

First off:  why is water so important?  Water makes up 60-70%  of your overall body weight, and is crucial to many bodily functions. Just to name a few of water’s duties, water keeps your ears, nose and throat moist, flushes toxins out of your system, and carries nutrients to your cells. Water is also important in aiding digestion and metabolism.

It’s important to stay hydrated – mild dehydration can make you feel tired and lack energy.  Ironically, dehydration can also cause water retention! Thirst is often also confused with hunger, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and for weight loss, some research even suggests drinking a glass of water before meals will help you feel full faster.

And how much water should you drink?  The exact amount varies by individual – including one’s health, activity and geographic location.  In general, most recommendations are at least 8-9 glasses per day, and generally enough that you rarely feel thirsty.  One easy way to remember is the 8×8 rule.  8 glasses, 8 oz each – which is equal to just under 2 liters a day.

Additional water is required if you live in a hot, dry climate, or if you are overweight – typically, one additional glass for every 25 lbs. over your ideal weight. The International Sports Medicine Institute also offers a formula for calculating your individual water needs.

So don’t forget to fill up your water glass and your virtual glass on Fitbit.com.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. June 16, 2010

    Fitbit has been featured in a great talk by Stephen Anderson if you didn’t know already. I love the concept, and adding on to it all these features will really make a difference in how and why people track their health.

    The paradox about water retention when drinking insufficiently is easily explained: Your body retains water for what it perceives may be a drought or some other reason you currently can’t get enough water. This is also part of the reason for the Jo-Jo effect observed when dieting. Building up fatty tissue is meant as a reserve in case of food shortage. Starving yourself is having the same effect, so if you do eat something, your body uses as little as possible right away and stores the rest. Better: eating small, regular meals so you’re never hungry.

    Great site and tool, keep up the good work.

  2. Rachel permalink
    November 23, 2010

    This was a great idea to include. I know I drink more water now that I can easily see how much water I am drinking. I always thought that I was hungry, however, now I realize that I am just thirsty most of the time. I feel a lot better and I have less drainage and sinus issues. Great article!

  3. mary permalink
    December 30, 2013

    I heard recently that the water in my mug of green tea can’t be counted towards my daily water intake….. I was just wondering if anyone had thoughts about this…
    Thanks for any input
    Mary

    • bobcat permalink
      July 17, 2014

      I think its really up to you what you want to track….

      From the Mayo Clinic Website:
      Beyond the tap: Other sources of water

      Although it’s a great idea to keep water within reach at all times, you don’t need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and tomatoes, are 90 percent or more water by weight.

      In addition, beverages such as milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages — such as coffee, tea or soda — can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is still your best bet because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.

  4. mary permalink
    December 30, 2013

    I love this feature. It makes it so much easier to increase my intake. The proper amounts don’t seem so hard to reach…

  5. Peter permalink
    September 20, 2014

    I recently updated the FitBit app on my iPhone. Now, it no longer records the amount of water I report drinking. Instead, the app’s dashboard shows 1/30 of the amount I record. This is inaccurate and I cannot find a means to correct it.

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