I can get down about 48-55 ounces, but I also like to drink 8 ounces of fruit juice a day, and I can’t if I am full of water. I also try to eat 2-3 fruits and 2-3 vegetable servings, but my stomach just can’t seem to hold all that in a day. I have cut back on junk food in the last few years, and that helps some. —K.J., Orlando, Florida
With that in mind, nutritionists recommend about 8 glasses (8 ounces each) of water daily for someone on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet. If you’re eating less and exercising less, you may require less water. Conversely, if you’re eating more and exercising more (or living in a warm climate), you’ll likely need more than 8 glasses.
But generally speaking, people need about 8 glasses daily. That can come from drinking water and other decaffeinated beverages, and from the water that is naturally a part of solid foods.
Drinking water and other beverages are the main sources. But solid foods contain a fair amount of water, too—perhaps more than you think. For instance, juicy fruits and vegetables, such as celery, lettuce, tomatoes and watermelon, contain more than 90% water.
It sounds like you’re doing just fine —eating a good amount of fruits and vegetables, drinking a respectable amount of water and staying away from empty calories. You serve as a good example to the rest of us!