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