If This Were Easy…

2008-05-06

…It would make sense

Filed under: diet, water — Easy @ 9:00 am

There’s a lot of information out there about the assertion that you should drink 2 litres of water every day. There are also a number of recent (and not so recent) stories about how that’s a myth.

Proponents say that drinking more water will reduce bloating, remove toxins from your bloodstream, fill you up without eating, burn calories warming up the water, minimize headaches, improve your skin and probably several dozen other things.

The myth side, on the other hand, says there’s no evidence for many of these claims, that the original scientist who suggested 2 liters of water a day meant that’s how much your body processes a day, but that you get most of it from food. They also say things like ‘Remove toxins? Toxins? Are they fucking kidding me? What is this? A Hammacher-Schlemmer catalogue? Are we going to start talking about ion purification now, too?’

I tend to side with the ‘myth’ view of things, but I’m still starting with more water for a variety of reasons that are probably no more logical than the usual 8 glasses rhetoric, but which make sense to me.

One is that a diet book I read long ago suggested that drinking diet sodas gives your body the expectation of calories because of the sweetness, and when it doesn’t get what it was promised, it throws a temper tantrum like a 2 year old asking for a chocolate bar in the express line at Loblaws and makes you hunger for those missing calories. And then you end up stealing that 2 year old’s chocolate bar just to make your body shut the fuck up about it. And now you’ve stolen candy from a baby, you baby-candy stealing fat ass.

And you can imagine what that does for your self-image. So, though it’s probably bullshit pseudo-science, it kind of makes sense to me on another, more handwavey sort of level. Replacing some of my diet soda consumption with water consumption thus, also makes sense to me.

Another is that it sure as hell can’t hurt. Unlike pulling muscles at the gym, or feeling hungry on a diet, or whatever else might come up, adding a few glasses of water to my day isn’t likely to have any noticeable negative effects. First do no harm, good advice for doctors, good advice for patients.

The main reason, though, is that I think I might actually manage to do it. Consider it setting myself up to succeed for a change.

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3 Comments »

  1. I’ve also heard that drinking diet soda generally leads people to eat an average of 200 extra calories per day.

    Comment by Mads — 2008-05-06 @ 11:15 pm

  2. I’ve heard that, too, but I tend to drink diet soda instead of eating, at least consciously. But what I do unconsciously is harder to gauge.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-05-07 @ 10:01 pm

  3. I love drinking water, but even training I barely go through 2 litres a day. I’d say I average 6-8 glasses. So take water advice with the consideration that it will vary by your weight, height, and level of activity.

    Kudos to you for replacing your diet sodas with water! I bugged the lad to start drinking water and cutting back on his beverage intake, and he’s looking a little trimmer since he moved down here.

    Comment by Aya — 2008-05-16 @ 10:33 pm


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