How to (Finally!) Drink More Water: Flavor Options, Water Bottles, Apps & More

Jul 27 2018
We've all heard it a billion times: Drink 8 glasses of water per day. But did you know that doing this can actually help you lose or maintain weight? It’s TRUE: Our bodies get confused when we’re dehydrated, telling us that we’re hungry instead of thirsty, which can lead to overeating. But does the thought of chugging 64 ounces of water sound daunting? These tips will help!

Add a splash of citrus to your water. 

If you want to perk up your water, squeeze some lemon or lime juice into your glass. It'll add a light touch of flavor, and it's super refreshing. Time-saving tip: Prepare a big pitcher of citrus-spiked water in the morning, and keep it in the fridge for all-day hydration. You can also buy a pitcher with a built-in fruit compartment! And check out the packets of crystalized citrus by True Lemon: grapefruit, lime, lemon, and orange.

Don't leave home without it. 

If you don’t have a good reusable water bottle (or two), get on that! Make it part of your daily routine to bring it with you any time you head out. It'll keep you from getting thirsty AND from spending money on plastic bottles while you're out. Pick up a cute one -- like these colorful creations or the ones below -- for added motivation...

Get sparkly. 

Bubbles are the new black! There are so many amazing sparkling waters on the market now. We especially love lightly flavored unsweetened kinds. LaCroix is still having a moment, but other lines we love include Bubly and (our favorite) Perrier! Target even has its own Simply Balanced line. Who said hydration had to be flat and boring?

Change up the temperature. 

There's no rule that says your water has to be ice cold. A lot of people find it harder to drink that way. Drink it room temp, or try hot water with lemon! We like to mix it up throughout the day. Have hot lemon water first thing in the morning, and then keep your water bottle filled with room temp H2O during the work day. If it’s hot out, bring on the crushed ice! Don’t ask us why crushed is better than cubed... It just IS.

Use your phone to keep you on track.

Instead of panicking at 3 p.m. and trying to chug a gallon of water all at once (UGH), set mini goals throughout the day. Drink a glass of water when you wake up, one before and after each meal, and one more before you head to bed. That adds up to eight glasses of water! Set daily alerts on your phone, or download an app like Waterlogged (for iPhone or Android) to make it even easier.
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