I drink water. As in, I don’t drink tea, or pop, or anything else really. Sometimes I’ll have some milk with breakfast, but other than that I am water* 24/7, 365. I could say that I do it for health reasons, but honestly it’s because I’m lazy. I mean, it’s just so much easier to fill a huge bottle of water a couple of times a day than it is to get a glass, fill it with ice, pour in the tea/pop…I have things to do, people! I don’t have time to schlep around chasing after glasses and ice cubes! If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add splash of orange or apple juice to it just to give it a little flavor. Pro-tip: apple juice splashed in water automatically feels like Autumn. You’re welcome.

Even though I always have water on hand, I don’t always drink enough of it to garner any health benefits. Sipping on a 16oz bottle of water for 4 hours ain’t gonna cut it, folks, so this week I’ve been trying something new: guzzling.

Here’s how it works: at least 4 times a day, I take a 16oz  bottle of water and I chug that sucker like a frat boy with a beer on Friday night. It’s probably not lady-like but you know what? I don’t care, I gotta get hydrated! It only takes a few minutes to drink 16oz of water and I feel better knowing I’ve done at least that little thing for my health. When (if) I work out in the morning, I chug it then. At my mid-morning meal, I chug another 16 oz. At lunch, I chug some more. At my midafternoon meal, another 16oz. That alone is 64 oz which equals the recommended 8 glasses a day, I figure anything over that is a bonus. When I get home and have dinner in the evenings, I try to drink another 16oz, but sometimes it’s only 8 and that’s okay with me.

Yes, I run to the bathroom 167 times a day, but that just gives me an excuse to get up from my desk, so really it’s a win-win for me. I’ve been doing this chug-a-lug thing for 4 days and I’ve already lost 1.5 pounds of bloat – my rings fit looser and I even tightened up my belt by one notch – that tells me that I was retaining A LOT of water.

So if you need to increase your water intake stop sipping on it  like you are some kind of princess and starting guzzling that water like the athlete you are!! Do it!! You will feel hydrated and your body will thank you.

*I forgot to mention, I do still drink my beloved coffee everyday between breakfast and my mid-morning meal. I will never ever ever EVER give up my coffee. Ever.