There’s a health myth people love to spread. I’m not here to dispel it but I want to address it.
Myth: You should drink half your body weight in ounces.
Basically they’re saying if you weigh 200lbs drink 100 ounces of water a day. That means ( get this) Me at just over 309 lbs would need to drink 150ounces. That’s over a gallon of water a day.
Currently I am drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day. Doing this, my urine is basically clear except first thing in the morning and I have to go to the bathroom every 2 hours. That means I am definitely hydrated. I have zero symptoms of dehydration.
I used to drink only 4-6 cups most days and yes my urine was darker but not unhealthy dark and I was going to the bathroom every 3-4 hours.
Now, keep in mind, I’m sedentary for my job. I’m in a fairly temp controlled room. So, I don’t sweat much when not working out or outside. If you sweat more you need more water and salt.
There is just no way I could ever drink a gallon of water a day unless working hard outside. I already struggle to drink 9 cups most days because I don’t feel thirsty.
So, basically, what I’m saying is, yes water is very important but everyone is unique. There is no one size fits all number for how much to drink.
Rules of thumb say your urine should be a light yellow to clear and you should go to the bathroom every 2-3 hours. Don’t be bullied into half drowning yourself because of a myth. If you want to drink more do it. Just make sure you do drink enough. Don’t over hydrate.
Keep it going,