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I have a hard time drinking enough water thru out the day. I have found the generic Cristal Lite on the Go boxes that are calorie and sugar free. According to the box, there is nothing in them. Can I count all the bottles of those I drink as drinking water since there are no calories or sugar? Is it unhealthy to drink 3 or 4 bottles of the stuff a day?

Wed. Dec 7, 6:10pm

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My feeling is that all you're doing is drinking chemicals. I personally wouldn't drink 4 bottles a day, but I do think that you can count them all towards your water intake.

As a less chemically alternative, I'd suggest Celestial Seasonings tea (or whatever other brand - I just like most of their flavors). You can make them iced if you want something cold to drink, and they have all sorts of good flavors (raspberry, wild berry, lemon, peach, tangarine, and all sorts of others). Just make sure you are aware of caffeine. A huge majority of Celestial Seasonings teas are herbal, and therefore caffeine free, but some do have black tea in them.

Thursday, December 08, 2005, 10:02 AM

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I love these things

I drink the crystal light ones too and love them! What I do is dilute (sp?) each down so I get 3 bottles of h2o from 1 llittle packet. It adds a little flavor but not too much. I think these can assist in your water intake but I wouldn't drink 4 a day. I agree with the above poster about tea. Green Tea is the best for you.

Thursday, December 08, 2005, 11:27 AM

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I agree with the second poster. Totally unhealthy- sure, it might be fine for wieghtloss, but your body was not designed to intake that many chemicals- adding bad things to your water kind of defeats the purpose of drinking water.
If your drinking water to help your body rid itself of toxins, why drink "toxic" water?

Friday, December 09, 2005, 1:03 AM

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my dr said sugar free items are as good as water!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:17 PM

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I did that celestial tea thing mentioned by a previous poster and it gave me the runs.

As for the water. if flavoring the water makes you drink it, go ahead. Just because some ingredients have scientific names does not mean that they are harmful. if you are worried about the ingredients, find an ingredient dictionary on the internet and look them up.

Try squeezing lemon or lime in your water sometimes.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 5:15 PM

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I agree with the 11:27 AM poster. I drink the CL On The Go packs sometimes too as I just have such a hard time drinking water. I've definitely gotten used to drinking water most of the time and have pretty much given up soda, dt. or otherwise (I've had 1 within the last mont and a half). I now drink about 1.5 liters of plain water throughout the day. When I'm having a difficult day trying to get water I also dilute one OTG packets into 2 or 3 bottles of water. It's been very helpful.

I also think the 5:15 PM poster made a great suggestion that helps me as well which is to squeeze some lemon in the water.

Whatever helps get it down. I would just personally recommend my non-medical experienced opinion to not use so many packs a day. My Dr. previously told me that you'd have to drink a hell of a lot of sacarin, or artificial sweetners to really do any damage. Won't hurt to try to use 1 packet for 2 or 3 bottles of water. But yes, I would definitely count is as water intake. My previous personal trainer told me to drink Crystal Light since he knew I hated drinking water. Good luck.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 7:03 PM

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I read recently that almost nothing is actually completely calorie free, and that they're aloud to round DOWN to the next lowest 5 calories. So a Crystal Light serving could actually be 4 calories, rounded down to 0. No big deal, unless you drink hundreds every day I suppose!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 9:47 PM

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oops... correcting myself: aloud = allowed

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 11:02 AM

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