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Drink water!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

August
15
2007

I was talking to an acquaintance yesterday, and was surprised when he said “I drink plenty of water every day because I drink lots of diet soda.” I told him that diet soda is not the same as drinking plain water, but he insisted that it is the same because it’s made of “mostly water”. I tried to explain that the caffeine was actually acting as a diuretic, but nothing I said could convince him that drinking soda is not the same as drinking fresh water.

Before my transformation started in 2003, I never drank water. My only fluid intake was soda, coffee and alcohol, all of which are diuretics. So how did I survive? Our bodies are great at adapting to adverse conditions, and I guess the little water I did get through foods was sustaining me. Of course my overall health was horrible back then. So can you survive on nothing but soda? Sure, but I don’t know for how long, and you’re definitely creating far from optimal conditions if your goal is health and/or fat loss.

When I stopped drinking soda and switched to water it was very difficult, but over time I came to love water. Now nothing refreshes me and quenches my thirst like water. I drink about 1.25 – 1.5 gallons per day. Other than coffee in the morning and the occasional alcoholic beverage, water is all I ever drink.

Wow, I’m out of time – it’s 2 minutes to 9:00 and after almost 5 years of updating this site by 9:00 AM without fail, I don’t want to be late for the first time today. Have a great day, and drink your water!

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