Plain water is boring! What if you could track the water in all drinks (even coffee!) to count toward your daily water goal? This water tracking app makes it easy.
We all know that we should drink more water, but it’s often easier said than done because a lot of the time, plain water just isn’t that enticing.
Personally, I’m not someone who LOVES water.
Let’s be honest, the only times I crave plain water is on a hot day, during a hard workout or after a meal of salty food (pizza! takeout!) and wine. For someone like me who lives up north with long days as a stay-at-home toddler mom and eats healthy the majority of the time, none of those happen nearly often enough to get me to drink tons of plain water.
As much as plain water is a drag, I keep on working on a drinking water habit because of water’s amazing benefits.
Benefits Drinking Water
Bodies are about 60% water, so it’s no wonder that water is essential to just about every function of your body. Most importantly, drinking water is a game changer when it comes to weight loss, energy levels, feeling good and looking good.
A few big reasons to drink more water:
- Flushes out toxins (hello, clear skin!)
- Helps you feel full (natural appetite suppressant)
- Fuels your brain to help your memory, focus and thinking ability (stay sharp)
- Helps keep you regular (enough said)
- Boosts energy (even mild dehydration makes you feel tired)
- Minimizes joint pain (bring on the workouts!)
How much water do you really need to drink?
Don’t be scared off by “water shamers” on the internet that claim you must drink a gallon of water a day (or even 100oz) to be healthy. If you feel good drinking that amount or it is the right amount for your body, by all means drink away, but for a lot of us, that’s simply too much and unnecessary.
The best formula to calculate how much water you need to drink in a day is take your bodyweight in pounds and divide by two. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, your daily water goal is 75oz (or just over nine, 8-oz cups).
Do you count water in food?
Plenty of foods contain a significant amount of water, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables and meals like broth-based soups. While it is never a bad idea to eat foods high in water content, you do not need to count them toward your daily water goal because the recommended calculation of drinking half your bodyweight (lbs) in ounces of water already assumes that you get 20% of your necessary water intake from foods (though this average varies by country).
What drinks count as water?
Everything you hear about staying hydrated emphasizes plain water, but no one talks about how there is a lot of hydration in many drinks other than water.
In fact, just about every drink out there is based on water:
- Energy Drinks
- Hot Chocolate
- Shakes + Smoothies
Why not count the water in these drinks toward your daily water goal?
Coffee is a great example of under-appreciated hydration. The general consensus tends to be that coffee is dehydrating, and “the rule” there is to drink a cup of water for every cup of coffee. The thing is, many recent studies (1, 2, 3) have shown that coffee is in fact hydrating, especially for habitual coffee drinkers.
While there’s no arguing that pure water is often the most ideal drink for your body, the truth is that most of us are drinking water-based beverages other than plain water, and water in a drink is still water!
How to track water in all drinks (even coffee)
There are plenty of ways to track your water intake including water tracking printables, bullet journals and apps like FitBit, but they only allow you to track plain water. The easiest way I’ve found to track my REAL water intake is using an app called My Water.
*This is not an affiliate or sponsored post, I just really love this app!*
How to Use the My Water App
The My Water app logs and tracks your water intake from a long list of drinks. You can also set up notifications at intervals of your choosing for custom “time to drink water” reminders.
Using the app is simple: select your drink, enter the total ounces, and the app automatically applies the % of “countable” water (called “water coefficient” in the app) from your drink to your daily water goal.
Here’s a sample of drinks with their water coefficients, which take into account % water vs anything else in the drink, alcohol and caffeine.
Tracking Water is sorta fun?
Fun to note: the app home screen transforms your phone into a life-like glass of water that gets closer to full as you log more drinks and edge toward your daily goal. (The “water” pleasantly tips to the side and flows when you move your phone, like you’re holding a real glass of water.) It’s a nice little touch that adds some fun to the sometimes mundane task of logging water.
My Water: Free Version vs Paid Version
The free version allows you to log Water, Coffee and Tea. (That might be enough for some people!)
I used the free version for a full week while I tested this app against three additional popular water tracking apps (Plant Nanny, Drink Water Reminder and Water Reminder). The My Water interface is simple and quick to use, which I can’t say for the other apps I tested. After trying out so many apps to track water, ultimately paying $4.99 for the premium version was a no-brainer.
Upgrades you get with My Water Premium:
- Full menu of drinks to log
- Add drinks to previous days at any time
- Rearrange drink shortcuts
- Option to log via notifications
- Custom notification sound
- Detailed stats like total drink breakdown
One of my favorite premium features: log alcoholic drinks like beer, wine and hard liquor, and the app will actually add the appropriate amount of additional water to your daily goal that you need to drink to stay optimally hydrated.
Using the My Water app has really lessened the dread I feel about my 70 ounce daily water goal since I can easily count the water in my non-plain water drinks toward my total.
What drink are you most excited to count toward your daily water total?
How do you track your water intake?