Late summer is often the hottest time of year in Los Angeles, and I never seem to drink enough water. I use my Fitbit Flex to keep track of my daily activity, and the companion app to keep track of my water intake, but I still rarely hit the recommended 64 ounces a day. I’ve decided to challenge myself to drink 100 ounces a day, and by incorporating these tips, I’m slowly changing my habits for the better to learn how to drink more water.
1. Use a reusable bottle! Toting your own bottle around will become like second nature once you realize how convenient it is. It’s both environmentally conscious and cost effective to refill a bottle than to buy water bottles around town. Plus, you can bring an empty bottle virtually anywhere including most concert venues and through airport security. I like things that are new, so I invested $5 into getting a couple bottles at the dollar store so I can constantly rotate what I’m using, but also don’t have to worry if I lose it. My dollar bottles probably aren’t BPA free, so I have to always use cold water and hand wash the bottles, but I’m more refreshed by ice water and it’s more efficient to wash the bottle instead of running it in the dishwasher.
2. Make it taste great! There are dozens of ways to flavor water, but using fruit or drink concentrates are my favorite. Using recipes like this awesome one for watermelon/mint/lime water from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles puts a great use to quickly ripening fruit, and gives water a sweeter taste without as much sugar as juice. If you’re in a rush, you can also use a potato masher to lightly muddle fruit in a pitcher before adding water to help bring out the flavors. I have also become an avid fan of liquid concentrates, like Powerade Zero Drops, because I can make my own drinks at home for a fraction of what it costs bottled. And liquid concentrates are usually calorie free!
3. Impose an easy rule! I’m constantly guilty of mistaking thirst for hunger, so to make sure I’m never thirsty before a meal, I’ve adopted Lauren Conrad’s idea of drinking part of your daily goal before each meal. I also am more likely to drink water when someone else refills it, so at restaurants I start with water and then alternate between a soft drink or cocktail and then water again (plus, no hangovers if you’re well hydrated!).