How to Get in the Habit of Drinking Water When You Hate It

Add a slice of fresh fruit to give boring water a kick.
Add a slice of fresh fruit to give boring water a kick. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

You already know you need to drink more water, but doing it can be a task, especially if you don't find it appealing. Keep in mind that when you’re properly hydrated, you’ll have more energy and probably won’t feel as hungry all the time. Drinking water doesn’t have to be a chore; just make it a habit and keep water handy at all times.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottled water or reusable water bottles
  • Orange, lemon or lime slices
  • Fresh berries

Drink a glass of water before taking a bite at every meal. Not only will that glassful help hydrate you, you’ll probably eat less food. At the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in 2010, researchers reported that people who drank two 8-ounce glasses of water before eating consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories at that meal. Research participants who drank before eating lost an average of 5 pounds more than those who didn’t drink water beforehand.

Take water everywhere you go. Always have a bottle in the cup holder in your car, a bottle on your desk at work and one at hand when you’re relaxing on the couch at home. If it’s there, staring you in the face, you’ll be more likely to grab the water and take a sip instead of getting up to find something else to drink.

Flavor your water ahead of time. If you truly dislike the taste or texture of water, pop a few slices of orange, lemon or lime into your water bottles the night before. Fresh berries are equally delicious. After a night of chilling in the refrigerator, you’ll have a tasty, satisfying, virtually calorie-free beverage to keep you hydrated. Just don’t forget to grab your bottles before heading out the door.

Swap still water for sparkling water. If you normally drink soda, try bubbly water instead. You’ll still get the water you need without added calories, caffeine or sweeteners. Some types of sparkling water are sold in flavors or you can add fresh fruit to create a natural flavor combo.

Tips & Warnings

  • Aim to meet at least the minimum recommendation amount for water each day. Women require 9 cups or 72 ounces daily, while men need 13 cups or 104 ounces, reports.
  • If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drinking water steadily throughout the day is the best way to prevent dehydration.
  • When you exercise in a hot climate or if you have the flu, increase your water intake beyond the recommended daily amount.

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