How much water do you really need to be drinking every day? Is there some magical formula? Turns out, the truth is much simpler than that - no calculator needed.

It's safe to say that most of us probably don't drink enough water - but how do you know how much is the right amount? Maybe you've heard the "formula" where you take your weight in pounds and decide that's the amount - in ounces - of water you need to drink.

I talked to Catrina Dibble, who is the manager and a trainer at Carbone Athletics at The Fitness Mill for the real scoop. She gave us two tips - and let me tell you - girl keeps it real.

First Catrina says you should drink when you're thirsty - that's pretty simple. Then, she told us the best way to tell if you're drinking enough is to just look at your pee. If it's a very bright yellow, you need to drink more. Pale yellow? You're drinking enough. Pretty straightforward.

Catrina says, on average, you should drink:

  • About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
  • About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women

"You've probably heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." That's easy to remember, and it's a reasonable goal," Catrina continues.

"Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough. But other people might need more."

So that's it - no fancy formula - the best way to figure out how much water you need to rink is to just listen to your body...and look at your pee.


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