water

@Trace86 (5034)
United States
July 16, 2008 8:43pm CST
I having been drinking water with crystal light singles packets added. One friend at work said that didn't count as water since it had the flavor packet added. Another said it did because it started out with plain water. I am trying to lose weight and one of the tips is to drink more water. So I need to know if it counts or not. Opinions or informed knowledge?
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13 responses
• United States
17 Jul 08
You can count it on your fluid intake for the day, no calories, so it counts as water in my oppinion. I have to have a certain amount of fluids in my diet everyday, so I count all my fluids. I count crystal light as water. I would also suggest a diet consisting of High protein and low fat. It is a sure bet you will loose weight. Or a liquid diet I did for two weeks, was very effective 5-6 slim fast/or carnation instant breakfast a day. You can have any no calorie beverages in addition to this, sugar free popcicles, ect. I lost 35 pound in 2 weeks. This gets your metabolism back on track. Good luck.
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
17 Jul 08
5-6 slim fast a day??? Wow! I am not sure I could drink that many and have no solid foods. I do have one for lunch, a yogurt, granola bar and a sensiblish dinner. I try to skip dessert as often as possible. I have a 20 oz bottle that I refill constantly with both water and crystal light. I allow myself one pop a day.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jul 08
My last weight watchers leader said yes, it counts. I too love water with crystal light. Its about the easiest way for me to drink water.
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I shuddered when I read your earlier post on that one, because I am very firmly of the opinion that not only does it not count, but that those packets might contain chemicals that are extremely counter-productive to weight loss. Unless they have come out with some new kind of packets that I have not heard of these would contain artificial sweeteners, which I would avoid at all cost. Here is an interesting opinion on them, with equally interesting comments from readers: http://whattoeatbook.com/2007/08/19/do-artificial-sweeteners-induce-sugar-cravings/ Water is water, and my understanding is that no substitutes equal it, not even seltzer. I think, though that it would be ok to add a bit of lemon or mint or other natural flavor, but no chemicals, please. Good luck in achieving your goals.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I have wondered the same thing, as I drink alot of ice tea and finally I asked this one doctor I was seeing about chest pains and he said - yes, it does count as water intake. It'd be similar to drinking a glass of water and eating a Jolly Rancher...just that they are all together and usually less sugar than the candy has.
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@julievy (595)
• United States
17 Jul 08
It would kind of count as water, since it's liquid and would help to flush out your system. However, you'd be better off with just plain old water. Have you ever read the label on those drink mixes? Why would you want to put those chemicals into your body? If you like your water flavored, try adding a slice of lemon or lime. It's much healthier for you!
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Jul 08
trace86 hi some people just amaze me, water is water,even if you put cool aid into it, of course it counts, your friend is not'using the brains that God gave her.This is informed info from an ex nurse now retired water is water, and crystal light does not change that except to make it tastier.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Jul 08
When the Stuff's called Crystal lite,does that mean that it's a diet product? If that is so,I think you can safely count the mixture to be flavoured water,and therefore count! Sodas and such wouldn't count as they're full of sugar..The hydration thing is the main reason for water in your Diet,not that you flavour it! I'd do something similar-a little fruit cordial put into the water bottle to add a little taste..
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
17 Jul 08
It depends. If adding the flavor adds calories or caffeine or something like that, it's not water anymore. If it just alters the taste without adding anything else, then it's still water. I suppose you will have to look at the crystal light packages as to what is really in it. Also beware that sugar substitutes are diet saboteurs. While they do not make you gain weight while drinking the beverage, they cause your body to feel more hungry, which in turn translates to eating more and the respective weight gain. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/595167/artificial_sweetener_outed_as_diet.html?cat=5
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I always say that things like that count as water, as I rarely ever drink water but I consume a lot of coffee
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I've always believed that if it started out as water, even though you have added something to it, it is still a base of water. I don't count anything caffeinated in the same category though, for they are dehydrating to the body (from everything I've read.) I went to the Mayo Clinic website to see if they had anything written on it there. On this page, in the part of the article where it says 'beyond the tap: other sources of water', it mentions that '80 percent of our daily water comes from water and beverages of all kinds.' It cites that beverages such as milk, and juice are composed mostly of water, and that other beverages can contribute to our daily intake of water but should not be a major portion of it. (Here's the link if you want to read it.... http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283 When I was with visiting nurse, we used to consider any liquids as fluid intake to increase water consumption...tea, soft drink, jello, soups, etc. I do believe that even if you still use crystal light in your water you are still getting increased water intake. I believe crystal light is calorie free, isn't it? That's a plus :-) If it starts out as water, then surely it would count as water intake, irregardless if it has flavoring added or not. (At least that's how I interpret it.)
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
17 Jul 08
The crystal light has 5 calories per packet. So if I have 4 a day, that is 20 calories. Even if the artificial sweetner makes me hungry, I just drink more crystal light or water.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
i say it counts as water but anyawy if it doesnt crystal light is still very good for you alot of athletes drink it
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Yes, it does count as water. Adding flavor does not change the chemical makeup of water. Things that don't count as drinking water are coffee and soda because the caffeine is a diuretic and makes your body get rid of extra water. But mixed drinks do count.
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• India
17 Jul 08
i think you should take in water without adding those crystal packets this would really help .. if u wanna reduce weight then opt out for less intake of food with cheese or mayo .. go to a gym that will surely reduce your flabs if you wanna do something then just eat your breakfast properly then at lunch eat a bit less and then directly go for a dinner no snacks in the evening this will surely help it will be difficult in the starting but later it will surely help if u feel too hungry then gulp in loads of cold water