Most people have no idea that they’re chronically dehydrated until they know what it’s like to be chronically hydrated.
Research suggests that up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and don’t drink the recommended 10 glasses of water per day. For those keeping score at home, 10 cups = 0.625 gallon.
I’ve always been an active person, so naturally I’ve always felt that I drank a lot of water. What I realized, though, is that I only drank a lot of water compared to other people and that still wasn’t enough. I discovered this the hard way.
Drinking “a lot of water” is subjective. Kinda like how guys will say “I eat a ton of food and can’t gain any weight” and when you track their calories you realize they don’t even eat 2,500 calories a day.
After a series of heat strokes one summer in college, when I thought I was hydrated from drinking lots of water and Gatorade, I realized that “a lot” isn’t always enough. I quickly learned to appreciate the benefits of staying hydrated and started to give it more attention.
This is not medical advice. Please consult a physician before drastically changing your daily water intake.
However, I never actually measured how much water I was drinking, so I didn’t know if I was drinking enough or not. The thing is, each person is different and there isn’t an amount that is perfect for everyone.
I can’t tell you how much you need to drink, but I can safely guess that it’s more than you’re currently drinking.
For the past year or so I’ve been drinking a gallon of water or day. In the last 6 months I’ve moved that to about 1.5 gallons of water per day and I like that amount best.
At first, it was challenging to drink a gallon of water, which is hard to imagine now because I usually go through a gallon before late-afternoon these days. Since drinking a gallon of water a day, and especially after drinking more than that, I’ve experienced some noticeable benefits.
And as usual, I’m going to show you the easy way to drink a gallon of water a day.
Without walking around with a gallon jug that has dumb motivational messages written all over it.
But first — here is why I do it and why you might consider it for yourself.
Benefits of Drinking Over 1 Gallon of Water Per Day
These aren’t the only benefits that you could experience and it’s possible that you won’t see any of the same benefits that I do. But these are my personal observations:
- No chapped lips. I used to always keep chapstick around and used it almost daily. In the cold months I would use it several times a day. I no longer own any type of lip balm because my lips don’t get chapped.
- The bags and dark circles under my eyes have diminished. I have hereditary bags under my eyes that I (mistakenly) made worse by rubbing my eyes a lot when I was younger. I’ve tried lots of weird tricks and “hacks” but nothing has ever worked. Since drinking closer to 1.5 gallons of water per day, my bags have all but disappeared and the color around my eyes looks much better.
- My skin looks better. Hydration does wonders for your skin. My complexion was already pretty clear, but it’s improved and my overall skin color/tone looks much better when I drink a gallon of water a day.
- I just feel better overall. I don’t notice it that much anymore because I’m so used to it, but I have more energy and feel better overall when I drink a gallon of water per day. On days when I haven’t consumed my normal amount of water I feel sluggish and weaker.
If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen girls doing these 30-day gallon of water challenges that promise a wide range of benefits:
The only major claim that some of these social media gurus promote that you likely won’t experience is weight loss. Increasing water intake will help you shed water weight and get rid of bloating, but it’s not going to send your fat loss into overdrive. Even in the image above, this girl says she didn’t lose pounds on the scale, but you can see a very noticeable loss in water retention.
How to Drink a Gallon of Water a Day (The Easy Way)
First off, you don’t want to force yourself to drink too much at once. Water intoxication is a thing and it can kill you.
It might be challenging to drink a gallon of water per day at first because your body will feel very full from the excess water. However, we adapt quickly and before long you’ll be craving water. So take your time and let nature run its course.
As usual, the way that most people do things isn’t the best way.
Some people like walking around with a gallon jug everywhere they go, but I’m not one of them.
I think it’s kind of like being a vegan. It seems like many vegans get more pleasure from telling everyone that they’re a vegan than they do from the actual lifestyle.
And I know in the bodybuilding culture a gallon jug is a status signal to other bros that you’re one of them, but again that’s just not for me.
It’s not that I have a problem looking like an idiot. That’s not a big deal. But carrying around a gallon jug is just annoying and inconvenient.
When I decided to start drinking a gallon of water per day, I thought to myself: wouldn’t it be nice if there was a water bottle that made it easy to keep track…
So I went to the first place any modern man goes to find new products — Amazon. Sure enough, I found it!
This is hands-down the best water bottle I’ve ever owned. It’s durable, easy to clean, and best of all, it has this little counter around the lid that you can slide from 1 to 6. It just so happens that 6 of these water bottles equals 1 gallon.
I’m very particular about the stuff I recommend and I can say that this has easily been one of the best purchases I’ve made in the last year or two.
If you don’t think you can drink a gallon of water per day, it will be much easier for you to break it down into smaller portions. It’s just a psychological trick that makes it seem like you’re drinking less, even though you’re not.
That means you won’t have to resort to writing dumb motivational quotes on a water jug like this:
It won’t take long at all before you crave at least a gallon of water a day and you have a hard time imagining not drinking that much water.
I’m not trying to create a challenge, because this really isn’t that difficult and it’s not temporary. Drinking a gallon of water per day is a staple in a lifestyle that’s ideal for overall health and maximum performance.
You’re not going to lose weight or cleanse your body by drinking a gallon of water, those are just gimmicks.
However, you will experience better health and more energy. You’ll look better and feel better.
And all you have to do is drink more water. It’s not a miracle, it’s just common sense.
Cheers to good health!
Until next time,
P.S. If you’re serious about making this a permanent habit I strongly recommend reading my book, Hacking Your Habits.
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