She drank ONE GALLON of water a day and look what happened!!

What happens when you drink a gallon of water for 30 days?

First, let me begin by saying that water intake needs to be increased in slow increments and sipped throughout the day. If you consume too much water at one time, it can alter your electrolytes and cause serious health damage.

With that said, the majority of people are dehydrated. They drink caffeinated drinks that act as a diuretic to your system (it promotes urination). Drinks such as coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks are all diuretics that don’t get absorbed in your cells like consuming simple, clean water. Why is water important? Firstly, water makes up approximately 60% of our body. It is important for circulation, digestion and regulating body temperature. Not only does it decrease headaches and eliminates toxins, but it also improves your energy and overall mood.

How can you tell you’re dehydrated? Your urine should not have much color, in fact, your urine should resemble lemon juice (or clearer). If your skin is dry and inelastic, if you have more headaches and if you deal with constipation, then these are all signs you need to drink more water. Often times, people think they are hungry (and eat) when they are really just thirsty. Not only do studies show that even one glass will shut down hunger pain, but it is the number one reason behind daily fatigue.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, drinking just five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 70% and bladder cancer by 50%! While the results of consuming this relatively available commodity (water) is astounding, 75% of Americans are severely dehydrated. So how much should you drink? You should rink 8-10 glasses per day, more if you are overweight and even more when you are active. This is why I chose to challenge people to drink ONE gallon a day. I knew that if I can drink a gallon of water a day at my weight, height, age and activity level, then most people (esp those who are overweight) can do it too!

Bring on the 30 day No Excuse Water Challenge. I challenged followers to drink one gallon of water a day. Changing their diet or exercise routine was not required. They can still drink other fluids in the form of black coffee or unsweetened tea. Lastly, they can enjoy their favorite caloric beverages on their planned treat days. Of course, it took some time for everyone to adjust to this new challenge and while some struggled a bit, most people experienced positive results by the end of the 30 days.

Few things to consider: When beginning the challenge, many people felt increased weight gain. Their body was in shock mode and began retaining water because it wasn’t used to being fed a surplus of water. Others also experienced acne. You must remember that your body is in detox mode and a lot of toxins are being pushed out of your body! Lastly, people weren’t prepared to go to the bathroom more regularly. In my world, I use the restroom nearly every hour. So be prepared to go through some stages before finding positive results in this No Excuse Water Challenge.

Here are some personal stories of our #noexcusewaterchallenge participants.

Taylor Walker
I did what was recommended, I’m addicted to Starbucks fraps but I just drank (at least) a gallon a day of water. No juice, coffee, soda…basically nothing but (fruit infused) water and/or herbal tea for 30 days. I struggled to finish an entire gallon at first but now I’m drinking 1.5-2 gallons a day. I didn’t change my diet (much…) and I didn’t add any physical activity. I’m a stay at home mom with a 1 year old and a 2 year old so all my exercise right now consists of chasing my girls around the house! While I didn’t lose actual pounds and still have some acne from stress, my eczema has gotten a little better and I don’t crave sweets as much.

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Kate Hardman
I saw the most difference in my dark circles. Which I’ve ALWAYS had! I find I’m using less concealer 😉 BUT I did have 2 changes in the last month that you cant see on a photo. Firstly, I was born with a congenital leftover on my bowels that wasn’t discovered and removed until I was 16. So I’ve had issues with my digestive tract basically my whole life. The last 2 weeks I’ve been more regular than I EVER have been before!!! Who knew digesting could be so exciting! Hehe! Secondly, I broke my plateau!!! I’ve been stuck for MONTHS and it was rather frustrating! I’ve lost 4 lbs in the last month by drinking a gallon a day! Now I’m going to be honest… I cheated 1 time… I had a can of Coke. I was pms’ing… But other than that one slip up, I didn’t drink anything but good ol’ water and some English breakfast tea (my favorite). And the funny thing is I don’t even miss all the juices and sodas…

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Maureen Roarke
I turned 31 earlier this year and found myself easily consuming two or three 20oz sodas per day (or more, unfortunately) with NO WATER, not even a drop. My addiction to soda left me feeling bloated, lethargic, always thirsty, and resulted in excessive sweating and sugar rushes which interfered with my daily life. And yes, it is an addiction. When I didn’t have a soda, I experienced headaches which I always knew would be cured with a dose of sugar and caffiene, making soda not just a beverage but a medicine to me. It’s just gross to think about now!

After participating in the water challenge, I have averaged 80oz or more per day. I may not have met the full gallon mark every single day, but using a water tracker app on my phone, I always targeted myself for 128oz. My water bottle is now my trusty companion no matter where I go! I no longer stress about getting dry spots on my face and I have found my entire body has more hydrated skin. I have healthier digestion and bowel movements and I also became accustomed to the many, many bathroom breaks with so much water in my system! I also don’t experience the dark circles, redness, blotchy spots or overall tired lines on my face as badly as I did.


Boa Yang
I have a red 27 oz water bottle I received for free as a trial product from one of our vendor. I drink at least 7-8 of those a day from 6 am to 11:30 pm. The first week I was running to the bathroom every 20-30 minutes. After the first week I can stretch my bathroom break to at least an hour or hour and a half. I noticed my skin cleared up and I eventually stopped wearing my bb cream. Two weeks into it, my appetite decreased. I also didn’t feel the urge to snack after 8pm. My chronic back, hips and joint pain decreased (I’ve seen a chiropractor for 5 years). My bath water is clearer (weird but had to be said!) I also used to drink coffee religiously every morning but now I don’t need it. I’m more alert throughout the day!


Jennifer Chin
My husband remarked, “Amazing what a gallon of water can do!” (in response to how much happier I’ve been. I’m 34, happily married for 11 years and have 4 beautiful children, ages 9, 8, 6 and 2, who keep me really busy! When I started the challenge the energy I had within the first week was mind blowing. I had more stamina during my workouts and could play outside with my kids without exhaustion. My skin glows, I’m more regular (something I’ve struggled with for some years) and my jeans are looser!

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Ana Cordova
I am a mom of 4 boys. My oldest is 10, like Maria Kang, my younger boys were all about a year apart, born in 2009, 2010, and 2011. I have been wanting to get in shape for a long time, it’s hard. Sometimes I do really good, but other times life gets in the way and everything else becomes a priority except me. I’m sure many moms can relate. We keep everything from falling apart except ourselves, until one day we look up and wonder how we let ourselves get like that? I’m an immigrant from Mexico and well being skinny doesn’t really run in our culture for the most part, as Mexican food is very tasty but also very unhealthy. After drinking water for 30 days I surprisingly lost 3lbs! I have less headaches and bloating. I have better digestion and younger looking skin. I also saved a lot of money! I stopped ordering drinks at restaurants and kicked my Peach Snapple habit! Lastly, this challenge has rubbed off on my husband, who now drinks water regularly with me!


Alicia Tandubuana
Before starting this challenge, I never drank that much water. I would mostly drink 2 cups of coffee daily, a cup of milk, and 2 cups of water max (no wonder my lips were always dry). Add to that some Starbucks drinks that I love, such as Vanilla latte and the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappucino that I consume once or twice per week. I also have the worse under eye bags. They are so dark that I always have to cover them with concealer all the time, everyday, because they are so embarassing. My face also always looked dull. I would never go out without make up, even to the gym.
The first few days of this challenge was tough. I never reached a gallon, and sometimes I felt sick. Then my husband told me to do it slowly. Increase bit by bit per day, and eventually, by the second week, I could drink up to a gallon of water. I infused my water with lime, so it felt refreshing. Exercising helped as well because it got me super thirsty. I am now actually used to drinking a gallon of water per day. When I drink less water, my lips get dry again. After 30 days of water I have less under eye circles, my face has brightened, I have less menstrual cramps, I lose 8lbs, I spend less money and my husband has followed suit!

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Lorronishae Escalona
I didn’t realize I was actually dehydrated before I started this challenge. I had crinkles and dark circles under my eyes, more oily skin, colored/stinky urine, and more cravings!! I weigh 330 lbs at the moment, and I’m a big girl. After this challenge, I realized 1 gallon a day should be the norm, because I only feel normal if I drink that much!

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Congratulations to all the winners above for submitting their before and after pictures and being honest about their transformations in simply adding a gallon water for 30 days! Each one will receive a Define Bottle – a fun infused bottle that was seen on Shark Tank, created by a Teen Entrepreneur. If you want an infused bottle, you can get yours using the code: NOEXCUSES for 10% off!

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Maria Kang (me) seen here with the Define Bottle!


52 Replies to “She drank ONE GALLON of water a day and look what happened!!”

  1. Does it hurt to mix Crystal Light with your water? I have a much easier time drinking large amounts of water if I’m drinking it with Crystal Light, rather than without. Just wondering if I’m hurting myself in doing so?

    1. Crystal Light uses artificial sugars. I, personally, stay away from fake sugars and would suggest you infuse your water with natural fruits, veggies, lime, lemon or mint. It’s a habit…

    2. They do actually have a new one called pure fitness that doesn’t have artificial sweeteners. It’s sweetened with stevia. Still not as good as real fruits, but a better option than regular.
      I recently started putting lemon and orange essential oils in my water. It is helping with my acne and cellulite as well. Just a thought 🙂

      1. its like u drink more water when u drink with a straw lol im the same way to lol i feel like i take more in then just drinking with my mouth.

  2. I wish I would have taken before and after photos, I lost 9 lbs without really trying! Love your site everyone here is so inspiring thanks to you 😀

  3. Thanks for the water challenge. I usually prefer water over soda, but coffee with flavored creamer was my weakness. This had helped me cut out coffee and drink more water. By the way, my name is misspelled above. It’s Bao and not Boa. 😉

  4. Does anyone use a water filter and if so what kind? I’m not a fan of plastic bottles water comes in. If I do drink bottled water it’s normally in glass such as aqua panna. Thoughts and suggestions please!

  5. Would it be insane to try this for 10 weeks ? I tried it before and lost 7 lbs before the summer started… So I def know it works. Could I do it longer than 30days?

    1. Yes you can do this for as long as you’d like. This much water isn’t harmful over a long period of time, it’s mostly beneficial

  6. What about waters, such as Propel? I am training for a marathon and feel these waters help my recovery. If you say no, I’m willing to forgo for 30 days to see the change!

  7. Hello ms. Kang, I started the water challenge last September 5. Lots of changes happened to me, it seemed that my body has turned into new one. And I decided, to continue this water challenge forever… Thank you so much. You are such an inspiration to me and to all the womens out there who are following you…

  8. As many of the testimonials said. I was a 3 can monster energy drink during the work day. When I got home with in two hours I would have downed a pop. Infot sick of it and i decided to do 138.8,oz a day a bit over a gallon and I increase after 21 days. I guarantee if you consume at least an gallon at least 10+ lbs in water weight will fall off. Increase or but not too much (don’t want to drown your liver)…,two weeks I am down 14 I will easily hit my target of 19 more lbs who knew it was so easy to apply something like this to your daily route. I picked up some barbells so that I can tone up feels good to feel good about by yourself it also got contagious and lots of people are doing it at the office and getting major results.

  9. I took the challenge because of some meds I was on required me to drink more. This was the best thing I could of ever done. My skin has changed a few shades lighter and it’s glowing like I’m 17 all over again. I have lost 8 pounds!!! I will stay in this 1 gallon challenge for life. Thanks!

  10. I started drinking a gallon a day three days ago and have gained five pounds. I haven’t changed diet or exercise although I find myself craving saltier food and feeling bloated all of the time. I want to continue, but will some of this subside? I really can’t afford any extra weight, even water weight Thanks!

    1. You are craving salt because consuming water like this causing a condition called “hyponatremia”. This condition can be deadly and the person recommending that people consume 1 gallon of water per day is being extremely negligent, cavalier, and opening herself up for many lawsuits. There is no measurable benefit to drinking water past one’s physiological threshold. It achieves NOTHING positive and can only harm. Please reconsider this dangerous “Challenge”.

  11. about two years ago, I was only eating fast food and drinking lots of soda and juices. Then I realize I wanted to loose weight, so I started drinking water all day long for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As time went on I start seeing a big different in my skin tone, my eyes, and my weight, I look better then ever. I thought that water only helps you loose weight I didn’t know it works for the skin too until my skin tone was brighter.

  12. I’m so glad I read this because I’m into my first week of my own challenge and I feel like I’m gaining weight! (I don’t have a scale) my face has been breaking out more and I had headaches in the beginning. Now I know it’s normal for the first week as your body gets used to the change. I was starting to get discouraged because I was eating well but was swelling. Whew! Looking forward to the next few weeks and what they will bring!

  13. You can buy natural lemon water in a bottle or case its called fruit 2′ 0. I drank it for a month straight , an hour of workouts a day & I ate lean cuisine. I lost a total of 23 pounds .

  14. I’m 14 years old I’m not fat or anything I had very dry skin and after the holidays few weeks I had more stomach flab haha
    (I know I’m 14 I shouldn’t care as much) so I dec to go back on my water clense and I’ve been drinking 1 gallon a day for a few days I can already see some changes like my lips done EVER get chapped anymore my dry skin isn’t as dry and I feel awake and have more energy through the day

  15. Everyone should calculate their water needs. Some people do need a gallon a day, some more and many less. If you are not overweight or living in the desert it is unlikely you need so much water. Nevertheless, many folks are dehydrated. To rehydrate it is important to determine your water requirements based on your weight, climate, and activity level. You will still have all the benefits without the risks.

  16. Hi
    I just found this page regretfully only today.
    I have started today and if I can’t make a whole gallon can I build up to it by the third day?
    And I was wondering if it was normal for weight to be gained and acne to sprout. Is there any way to stop the acne though?

    1. Hello Maria, you may get initial weight gain but that’s ok! Some people may get acne as you are flushing your body and you may perspire more. Just clean your face with soap meant for your facial skin. Best wishes! Maria

  17. I’m not a participant in this challenge, but I can 100% guarantee that drinking more water and cutting down on other beverages will cause weight loss.

    I started drinking more water last summer, because before then I was lucky to drink one glass of water a day, I hated it so much. But I heard how most Americans are dehydrated and desided that I needed to start drinking more. That summer, I binge ate more than ever and rarely exercised, so I was confused when I went to the doctor in the fall and found out that I had lost almost 15 pounds. I’d been 130-135 all through out high school and was for sure I that I had finally reached 140. But nope, I was 122.

    I didn’t understand what had happened until later on when I saw something online that said drinking water was a good weight loss method. If you want an easy and healthy way to loss weight, water is the best way to go. It’s hard at first, but the more you drink the harder it is to go without. I rarely drink soda anymore!

  18. I’ve been trying to become healthier for the longest time, and trying new ways to kickstart a healthy lifestyle. I’m 15 years old and starting track for the first time this year as a sophomore. Although I am not fat, I am not in great shape and I’m trying to get in better shape. One day my friend suggested that we do a water challenge so I agreed. I’m going to officially start on February 1st, but right now I am working my way up to drinking a gallon each day. It’s very fun and its hilarious having everyone at school asking me why I am drinking from a gallon jug. I hope this helps and that my body starts getting rid of the water weight because I’ve been feeling VERY bloated since I started this, but I’m very excited and hope to do this every day!

    Thank you for posting this, it is very exciting and inspirational.

  19. I need caffeine in my diet our my heart rate gets extremely low. I quit soda once for 2 months and my resting heart rate went from upper 60s to upper 40s and I was not very athletic.

  20. I’m so sad that I just saw this!! I am beginning today. I drink about a five 16oz bottles a day already… so just a few more!

    I do have a question, though. I’m sure this varies from person to person, but how long should the initial weight gain and acne last more or less?

    Thanks for all the advice and encouragement! Blessings!

  21. I drink a preworkout and post workout supplement. Both of which I put into 12 ounces of water. If I pursued the gallon challenge, would these ounces of water count toward that daily intake of a gallon?


  22. Glad it worked for these ladies! As for me, I just became well acquainted with my bathroom….drank no soda, 1 cup of coffee per day and, of course, WATER!!!. Took before and after pic…absolutely no difference. Even started back to the gym in this time frame…Nada….I agree one needs to stay well hydrated, but be wary of miracle results….probably not gonna happen….well, off to the loo again!!

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