Drinking A Gallon Of Water A Day (A Step By Step Guide To Losing Weight)

There are a lot of benefits to drinking water but I have always found it difficult.

Water had never inspired me to continue drinking it.

Until I found a great little loophole.

The biggest problem with drinking a gallon of water is how overwhelming it is to visualise drinking that much.

Water is hard to get down in the beginning. You need to train yourself to enjoy it.

And I know myself. If it feels like work, I’ll never continue to do it long term.

This is the biggest hurdle I want to overcome because I hate doing things just because it’s good for me.

I need to drink water because I enjoy it.

Learning to enjoy drinking a gallon of water

I never had good habits with drinking water or being healthy for that matter.

I realised there were some major pain points that never allowed me to drink enough water to keep myself healthy.

I started jotting down these pain points and actively started looking for solutions to get my water intake up.

Pain Point 1: Drinking a gallon of water feels emotionally tough to do. I needed a way to drink that wasn’t difficult.

Proposed Solution: I decided I would start with drinking 33 ounces a day and work myself up to increasing that gradually once it became easier to do.

Pain Point 2: I didn’t want to have to get up and get water. I wanted it to be within easy reach most of the time. 

Proposed Solution: I bought a 33 ounce (1L) flask that I could fill and carry around easily. I chose a flask because it includes a cup to make it even easier for me to drink.

Pain Point 3: Getting a lot of water down in one go is difficult. I don’t want to hate the process.

Proposed Solution: The cup of my flask is only 7 ounces (200g). That’s less than one cup of water. It’s much easier to get down and I don’t have to force any more down in one go.

It also made it much easier to measure my exact water intake.

Pain Point 4: Remembering to drink a gallon of water. 

Proposed Solution: This is one of the biggest problems for me. If I’m engrossed in work, I can go a whole day and forget to drink water.

I decided for my try setting a timer on my phone for every 2 hours after I wake up.

For me it’s:

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Wake up – drink 7 ounces (200g)
2 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
4 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
6 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
8 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)

I also decided to track my intake using the water drink reminder app. I wanted to visualise my progress.

What happened once I started drinking water

Once I had everything in place, drinking water became super easy. I had dealt with all of my pain points and pretty soon I stopped hating water when my body started craving it.

The alarm was working perfectly and the portion sizes were small enough that I didn’t need to worry.

Losing Weight through Drinking Water

Very quickly after I started drinking water, I started needing to pee – a lot. I realised my whole body was bloated because it was hanging on to the little bit of water I had given it over the years.

Once my body felt comfortable with the water, my bloating started going down and I looked like I had lost a significant amount of weight.

I also started having much more regular bowel movements over time and these movements were much quicker and easier.

My skin became much clearer and my body seemed to be less sore all the time.

I had more energy to function day-to-day in stressful situations and it felt like my body started giving me more leeway to eat badly if I wanted to without gaining weight quickly.

All in all, good things were happening with my body.

Stepping Up To Drinking A Gallon Of Water A Day

Starting off easy with just 33 ounces (1L) allowed me to really embed the habit. I got rid of my aversion to water without hating the whole process.

Once I was comfortable with Level 1: drinking 33 ounces (1L):

  • I stepped it gradually to Level 2: 66 ounces (2L),
  • then to Level 3: 101 ounces (3L),
  • then finally to Level 4: 1 gallon (3.78L),

Level 2: Drinking 66 ounces (2L)

My strategy for doubling my intake was simply to drink the same water every hour. Once you’re climatised to drinking every 2 hours, doing this every hour is less of a problem.

You can draw the next 2 steps out over longer period of time if that works for you.

My Schedule:

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Wake up – drink 7 ounces (200g)
1 Hour After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
2 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
3 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
4 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
5 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
6 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
7 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
8 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
9 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)

Level 3: Drinking 101 ounces (3L)

My strategy for this one is to now double my water intake every 2 hours. I’m mindful of not drinking so much water that I hate the process.

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Wake up – drink 14 ounces (400g)
1 Hour After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
2 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
3 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
4 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
5 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
6 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
7 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)
8 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
9 Hours After Waking – drink 7 ounces (200g)

Level 4: Gallon Drinking Status (4L)

Once you complete Level 3, this one is easy. Just drink 400g of water every hour.

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Wake up – drink 14 ounces (400g)
1 Hour After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
2 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
3 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
4 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
5 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
6 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
7 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
8 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)
9 Hours After Waking – drink 14 ounces (400g)

Ignore These Steps at Your Own Risk

I know you’re impatient and want results straight away.

And you might think to yourself, “I don’t mind water that much, I just skip to step 4”.

This is the biggest mistake people make when they start making a change.

Creating a lasting habit takes time. Time for your body and mind to adjust to the change and become comfortable with it.

If you start doing too much to your body too quickly, your body will start creating trauma and you’ll never be able to create change this way.

It’s best to take your time. After all, if it takes you 4 months to create a change that has a huge impact on your wellbeing and lasts a lifetime – isn’t it worth the time spent?

Patience is key when it comes to lasting changes.

Best of luck creating good habits.

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