The Secret Hack To Drinking More Water

Healthy Living, Lifestyle

By: // February 5, 2015

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No calories! Free! Life-changing! If you heard these three adjectives in an advertisement, you’d be tempted to Amazon Prime the product ASAP, right?

Good news. You can get this product right now, no wait time. Just take a trip to your faucet and turn the knob counter-clockwise.

I’m talking about water, friends! If you’ve followed me for a long time, then you know that I don’t believe in “miracle” products, but with water making up 60 percent of our body weight, I’ve changed my tune.

Water IS a miracle product. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at everything this liquid does for your body and health.

Water helps to:

  • Flush toxins out of vital organs
  • Carry nutrients to cells
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Lubricate and cushion joints
  • Aid the digestive system
  • Help the brain manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • And if you have seen the viral news story floating around about a woman who drank three liters of water a day for four weeks, water can even affect your appearance!

Now that you know the facts, let’s talk about your fill.

The Institute of Medicine says the adequate intake for men is roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day and 9 cups (2.2 liters) a day for women.

Total beverages? This can include coffee or tea but the majority of your intake (I’m talking 8 cups) should be from water. And if you engage in moderate exercise (not talking about running a marathon!) you should add an extra 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water to your day.

If you have trouble gulping the good stuff, here is my all-time favorite hydration hack! All you need is a water bottle and a permanent marker.

The Secret Hack To Drinking More Water

Step 1: Get A Water Bottle

Do your best to find a 32-ounce see-through plastic water bottle or the biggest size you can find. Mine looks like a glass mason jar, but it’s plastic. Also, I’ve found that I always drink more water if it’s out of a straw.

Why 32 ounces? That means if you guzzle it twice, that’s 64 ounces or 8 cups!

Step 2: Grab a Marker!

Take your permanent marker and write AM on the left side of the top portion of the water bottle and PM on the right side.

Then, write “Refill” at the very bottom.

Step 3: Write Your Timing

Decide how you want to divide your water bottle. I did 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, and noon on the left side. Once I drink all of the water, which should be around noon, I refill it all the way to the top.

For my PM water drinking goals, I chose 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 6 PM. I work out in the morning, so I don’t tend to drink water late at night.

If you work out at night, you might want to make your last time around 8 or 9 PM.

Step 4: Sip Up!

Get drinking! Your goal is to reach the line by the listed time. So for 11 AM, you want the water level to be down to that line at that time.

Keep going and you’ll be well on your way to reaching your water goals!

Not into DIY? So many people love this way of drinking water that now these water bottles exist to buy! Check out this great option below:

Time Marker Water Bottle

Need more hydration hacks?

1. Drink lemon water first thing in the morning.
Every single morning before I eat or drink anything—and that includes my coffee—I reach for a big glass of lemon water. I squeeze about half a lemon into 12 to 16 ounces of room temperature water and sip. If you get into this habit, that’s 1.5 to 2 cups already crossed off the list before your morning shower! But why lemon water? Read about the five important health benefits here.

2. Make fruit and herb water for easier gulping.
If you need a little flavor in your water in order to chug more, try fruit and herb infused water! Trust me, you’ll find this way more energizing and refreshing than fake flavored waters filled with food dye. This nutrient-packed drink takes less than five minutes to put together and will have you happily refilling your glass all day. Get three fruit and herb water recipes here!

Did I miss a hack? How do you get your H2O? Share below!

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on May 20, 2020 at 10:45 PM Reply

Hey my name is nashekay Howard and I'm having trouble losing weight I am overweight I weigh 3358 pons now I can't get it off I need your help PLEASE PLEASE help me now

    on September 18, 2020 at 9:20 PM Reply

    Hi there - you are making strides to living a happy and healthy life and I would love to help you start your journey. I don't know much about you personally, but my biggest pieces of advice would be to get your body moving, focus on healthy eating, and drink water! This is a great starting point. If you are looking for a place to start working out, maybe check out my online streaming service at where we have lots of workout options. You can start with our 10 Minute FREE workouts and get a little taste for our workouts. Let me know if you have any questions.

on January 30, 2020 at 5:49 PM Reply

I set up multiple alarms on my phone to drink more water. I seriously need to drink more water. Initially, I would be rushing every 30 mins but somehow my body adjusted now I have to make a trip every 90 mins or so.

on July 12, 2015 at 11:35 PM Reply

Chris, This is a great idea! I have been working in the fitness industry for about 10 years now, and this is still something that I have to work on daily. I have a giant (64 oz) water bottle, and my goal is to finish it before I leave from work every day. The problem is that I work at 6am, and sometimes do not have my first drink until 11 (horrible, I know). Your tip to have mini goals associated with time of day is brilliant! Thank you for the read.

on May 11, 2015 at 12:43 PM Reply

Chris- this is such a great idea, I have to try it. Normally, I am very good about doing this: I tell myself I have to drink 6 of my big water bottles before the end of the day and to ensure that happens- I have my toddler my bottle as a you. Everywhere he goes, the bottle goes and so I get my water intake:) Hey, girl has to be creative! I seriously cannot believe I just found you, you are so full of health goodness!! Jasna

on February 10, 2015 at 1:21 PM Reply

I hope this doesn't sound strange....but after going to the bathroom, I drink an 8oz glass of water. This way I am always reminded to drink water. I get extra glasses of water in by doing this. :-) Chris, where did you get the big Mason Jar glass? I love it! :-)

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