How to Drink Water When You Don’t Like the Taste

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Water check! This one will be a familiar sentiment to our TRANSFORM App users. πŸ˜‰ No, seriously, how much water have you had today? Likely not enough considering that approximately?3 out of 4?people are chronically dehydrated.

The first step is grabbing that water bottle to make sure you’re drinking enough.?Rule of thumb: Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. If you are a 180 pound person, this means your goal would be at least 90 ounces each day.

But I get it, water can be hard to drink! We certainly hear our fair share of “I just don’t like the taste of water” or “I’m not in the mood for water.” I hear you loud and clear, so today I’m sharing my top tips for how to drink water when you don’t like the taste. Cheers!

Can’t view the video? Want a recap? Check out the tips below.

You know how it is so much more motivating to work out if you have cute clothes? Same goes for water bottles! Here are some of my faves:

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TIP #1: Allow water to energize YOU.?Remember that as we work out, our bodies are actively burning calories and sweating out the toxins. This is a beautiful thing, but can be dangerous if we forget to replace the water we are losing! Rule of thumb: Drink an extra 8 ounces for every 15 minutes of working out that you do. This means that an hour workout will require you to guzzle an additional 32 ounces during that time frame.?Not only will you have better workouts due to increased energy, but you’ll feel stronger AND burn more calories. Win, win!

Outfit details:?Reebok Sports Bra | Lululemon Leggings (another favorite?here?for under $30?last seen?here) |?Reebok Sneakers?(available in mens, so size down accordingly)

TIP #2: Use The 10 Gulp Rule.?This one’s super simple and self-explanatory. πŸ˜‰ Each time your lips touch your water bottle, take 10 gulps! This helps even the WORST water guzzlers guzzle a gallon in no time flat!

By following The 10 Gulp Rule, you will be hydrating more quickly than if you slowly sipped, which removes all those ?I don?t like the taste? excuses…because let’s face it, that water is going down so quickly, you won’t even taste it!

TIP #3: Fancy It Up with Fruit! From lemon to cucumbers, or strawberries to raspberries…adding frozen fruit or fresh sliced citrus will take your boring ol’ jug of blah and make it a little (or a lot) more palatable.

If you want to get even more experimental, you can cut the fruit into chunks, or crush it to help release all the flavor into your H2O. One of my fave things to do? Add these pretty pieces of fruit to water in ice trays to make fancy cubes that look pretty and add flavor. Bonus: Do this as part of your meal prep routine to save on time!

I’m also a big fan of the fruit infuser water bottles; they are quick and easy for when you’re on the go.

Some of my favorite combos: Lemons-Apple-Cucumber, Pear-Ginger, Strawberry-Basil-Orange, and Watermelon-Mint-Orange ?.

TIP #4: Experiment with Flavored Water Add-ins and/or Seltzer. If water doesn?t suit your taste buds and adding fruit still doesn?t do the trick, pick up some powdered, no- or low-calorie water flavorings at the grocery store and give them a whirl. Manufacturers seem to be getting better and better by the day, almost to the point where there aren’t many I DON’T like! They’re like Kool-Aid…minus the millions of calories and red clown mouth ring. πŸ˜‰

If you’re hardcore like me (ha – kidding), try adding?BCAAs?in lieu of water flavorings. Many are hit-or-miss on flavor…but here is one I love (grape is my fave!) Added benefit is that this drink will help those muscles recover faster too!

If you?re jones-ing for some soda, drinking Seltzer will give you that extra fizz fix, and is especially amazing with fruit AND calorie free flavoring!

TIP #5: Find Your Temperature. I have sensitive teeth, so I don?t always like super cold ice water! It?s possible that you also don?t either, but you don?t even realize it yet. Keeping your water at room temperature might make it easier to drink, and has been proven to keep you feeling fuller longer. Experiment BOTH ways (hot and cold) to find what works best for you!

TIP #6: Try Diluting Sweet Drinks with Water. While a mimosa isn?t classified as hydrating or healthy (but some of my clients wish!!), adding a splash of cran-raspberry Seltzer in place of champagne to your favorite orange juice is a way to hydrate and feel like you?re having a mimosa…only without the negative consequences of alcohol and sugar. Along that same idea – and my kids FAVE way to drink water – adding a decent amount water to a sweet lemonade. Or better put, just add a splash of lemonade TO your water! πŸ˜‰

For all of the reasons I mentioned in my recent HYDRATION blog, and for so many other reasons, drinking water is one of our?Foundation Five Promises for transformation success.?Not only is it vital to your transformation, it is vital to your overall health. And it’s a simple promise to keep to yourself: Drink more. Feel better. So go grab that cute new water bottle and share your top tips for staying hydrated below!

xo,

Heidi

Related reading:

Our 12 Month Transformation, Month Three: Hydration!
Drink Up! The Benefits of Drinking Water
TRANSFORM App FAQs + Tips to Start Your Transformation
It Really Is All About the Promise

152 Responses

  1. I know I don’t get enough water in and by the time I feel thirsty, I know I’m dehydrated. I love the 10 gulp rule and #6. I will definitely start my day with water. And try and get 90 ounces in per day. I probably will have to work up to that goal

  2. I drink the water…and I gain the water weight when estrogen is HIGH…so I end up starting alk over with even higher weight gain…

    1. Hi Jaime: In general, due to the fat and carb content of these bars, they’re only an option for breakfast (but that depends on your macros/meal for breakfast also). So you’d subtract the macros from the bar from what you’re allotted for breakfast and then add in other macros as needed to hit your totals for that meal. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  3. I LOVE ice cold water! Having ice helps me drink my water. I almost had my water line placed today so I would make sure to get my gallon a day requirement, but the plumber didn’t come πŸ™ I’m sad, but I’m halfway there, and I’m going potty love I’m pregnant, but I’m getting it done!
    IG: @tohealthwithfit

  4. I love this post about water and when you mentioned it awhile ago! The gulp rule is a game changer!!

    Instagram- laurenbeckner

    1. I barely drink anything at all. I don’t like water, I can’t stand artificial sweeteners. I don’t drink soda. Most of what I drink is hot tea with sugar and milk. I have been hospitalized for moderate dehydration four times now. If I to gulp water I get nauseous. I have tried adding fruit, most of which I’m allergic to. Ice makes my teeth ache, so that’s out. I’m really at a loss as to what to try next.

    2. Hi Rebecca: This is a tough situation! I’d try slowly sipping water and see if that can help. You are getting some water in your tea, but since it contains caffeine, that’s working against you a bit. Maybe try telling yourself how important water is and see if you can get enough down to at least stay hydrated. As with trying to teach kids to like healthy foods they might not want to eat, it can take several times of just pushing through to develop at least enough of a like of water to drink what you need every day. I hope this helps!

  5. I love adding fresh fruits and veggies to my water. My Instagram handle is @p0ppitsy. I just love you and Chris, you inspire my husband and I. Now if I can only get him to want to workout more with me lol!!

  6. I really love this! I struggle getting water in and I drink La Croix and lemon water a lot! I have found the most efficient thing for me is to buy the 1L Fuji or Smartwater bottles and just aim to finish 2-3 a day.

    1. My Instagram handle is @maizieraye, would love to follow and connect with all of you!

  7. I change up what I drink from… cup, water bottle, jug, even a plastic wine tumbler! Thanks for the tips! @amchristy on instagram

  8. Such an important reminder! This is my fav post and totally motivates me to stay on track. I find the more I drink the more weight I lose! @aminicole_ig

  9. I’m one of those who struggle to get enough water down. I try do drink a lot while at work but when I’m home or working out I don’t really drink that much. Even my pt is pushing me every time at the gym to drink more. And after my gbp surgery I can only take 3-5 gulp at a time. Going for the fruit version to see if it helps πŸ™‚

    instagram: melanie.knaus.91

  10. Love this post and how important it is to stay hydrated! Thanks for all the tips and tricks! @jlofit3

  11. Since I have been adding more water to my daily routine, i don?t munch on stuff and i feel better throughout the day!

    @ginga_life

  12. Love this. I struggle to drink enough water during the day and the 10 gulp rule is now my go to. @lmo6188

  13. great tips! It?s so easy to think you?re drinking enough water, but not really drink enough water! I gifted myself a berkey filter for my birthday recently, and it?s the best water I?ve ever had! Easy to see how much I?m using, also!
    @amber_liski
    Amber Smith Zaliski

  14. Love this post! I REALLY struggle drinking water throughout the day. Definitely going to try putting those fruit combos in my water!! @ambspics

  15. Love the 10 gulp rule. I hate drinking water but try really hard because I know how much are bodies need water. So thank you for the great tip to help get the amount of water in.

  16. I like the having a jug that holds alll the water you need for a day. I always think I get it in but probably need more. Facebook Kristin Donley

  17. Love the 10 gulp rule. Now I drink 80-120 ounces of water a day. This rule has been pasted to the family. Still working on my daughter but she is getting better every day.

  18. I can honestly say that more times than I can count I’ve thought before I drink…ten gulps! You’ve helped me stay hydrated and are completely in my head. @sandramwalton

  19. The 10 gulp rule is sooo helpful! It really helps getting that 2L in everyday! Also, lemon infused water is my favorite?
    IG @sandrinecoutu

  20. Omg!!! I love all your post. You help so many people. I want to thank you for being such a giving family @lrnisda1

  21. Yaaaassss!!!! The 10 gulps works! I started doing it when you initially posted it on IG & it WEEEERRRKS! Drinking out of a CUTE ? cup & using a fat straw helps too!! Gimme an H Gimme a 2 Gimme an O H2O!! ???? Also gimme some booty bands for some booty gains!!! ?

    IG: @Gonzalezonfleek

  22. I am totally trying the 10 gulp rule today! I always have a hard time drinking all my water not because I dont like it just its so much! lol Hopefully this makes it go faster.
    PS love your work out outfit! ?

    IG:@Eve7166

  23. This is super helpful! I like to add lime to my water when I feel myself getting bored of drinking it plain! Thanks for the tips Heidi!

    IG: staci_jo

  24. @mrscallijo this mama loves these tips because I need all the extra H2O I can get to help me keep up with my little ones (& breastfeeding)! Now a “booty band” to add to my workouts ??!

  25. 10 gulp rule has helped me stay hydrated!!! It?s a good habit forming way to drink more water. Thanks!!!
    @schaffer_party_of_7

  26. Picking a favorite blog post is hard! Too many good ones.

    Great idea on the 10 gulps! I find I drink more water when using a straw too.

    Have a great day Heidi!
    @lpeter2017

  27. This is my favorite blog post and it has helped me to drink more water! I love water donut usually is a problem for me. I tell this tip to everyone I know!!

  28. Heidi, love you and Chris! Following you for a long time, and learned a lot of good things. This article is very important, we have to stay hydrated! @debmarti123 xoxo, Debora

  29. I try really hard to get my water in! I will be purchasing some lemons this weekend!
    @brennavance

  30. I am going to have to try the ?10 gulp? suggestion! Plain water for some reason makes me nauseous, but water with fruit in it is amazing! Thank you for your tips πŸ™‚
    Instagram @hduncan54

  31. I LOVE water. Mine needs to be ice cold! I make sure that I leave it out on my desk at work to remind myself to drink. We call sparkling water Fizzy Water in my house and I love that as well. It really does take the place of soda. Thank you for all you do. Love Maurelle @maurell71

  32. I gotta say im the absolute worst when it come to drinking water, some days drinking anything. I dont even drink anything while im eating, that cant be good! Ive tried doing the dink as many oz as ur body weight but i dont get far. And if i do its not for a long period of time. I like the ten gulp idea and adding fruit. I think adding anything more than that (for me) wouldnt be a good idea. Id get away from drinking “water”.
    Thank you for your tips
    @jita06

  33. This article has changed my life. I am on my journey to weight loss. I do the ten gulp rule on a regular basis and just starting to get a gallon of water in. I use to add mio to my water all the time now I can just drink it plain. It doesn?t bother me. As I have thought how much better I feel drinking it. I love this article so much. Thank u.
    Instagram handle @spiritual_ohana_designs_

  34. I?ve never seen your blogs before!! I watch your story all the time & follow you on IG and now you have this page with all of these amazing tips, fantastic. I?ll be adding this to favourites. X

    Instagram sammyjayne85

  35. I also love this post because was the life changer that I was looking for to the water intake. I would be loss without it. Now is easy to reach my goal every day ??.
    My instagram handle is @alehdez00

  36. Love this post! I am always chronically dehydrated and will use these tips to improve my hydration!

  37. I love all your posts!! You truely are inspiring. I love seeing your positive, fun, genuine personality coming through your posts and videos. Every single video makes me feel good to watch, even when you are just goofing around with your family. You guys are so cute.

  38. Water is so underrated !
    I find it so hard to get in my water on busy work days so 10 gulps when you get a second will be my new rule to live by!

    Let?s not forget the amazing benefits to gut health which can have a huge impact on energy levels as well!!
    @katewortley

  39. Great article!!! I love water and yet still find it hard to get a gallon in a day. I?m gonna have to try that 10 gulp rule. I love adding bcaas to water… since I paid good money for them I?m 100 times more likely to finish those ounces vs what just comes out of the tap.
    @kalimiller3

  40. I struggle with drinking this much water. I always get to 80oz and tap out. But I?m going to try the 10 gulp rule. Thank you for the tip!

    Instagram handle
    @chgmc

  41. This was my FAVORITE blog!! Because when your drinking a gallon of water everyday sometimes the struggle is real! I found getting cute water bottles is one way of helping me! Also fruit infused water thank you for always showing us fun ways to stay and get fit! You are such an inspiration everyday , thank you ?

    Handle on instagram
    @kerriklatcher

  42. I love this! I always find it difficult to get ALL of my water in everyday. These are such fun ideas and ways to realize how much our bodies actually need it! The hotter the weather is the more water I tend to drink- CA summers are the worst!
    @heatherhortonn

  43. My favorite blog was about the diastasis recto tips! Thanks for those! Excited about the giveaway!

  44. I always feel so much better when I get my water in!! Thanks for the great tips Heidi!!

    On instagram @emnem12

  45. I won?t be the first or the last to say this but I can?t just choose one! I love all your blog post. I love the information but more than anything I love how raw and real you are! I am constantly inspired by your authenticity in reaching out to help people by showing your own struggles and successes!

  46. I love this post because I never drink enough water. I now count gulps when I drink, keep a glass of water by my bed, and I?ve been adding lemon juice and vitamin drops to all my water bottles! It has also helped me to get a water bottle that is fun to drink out of.. for me it is a hydro flask. @malealunt

  47. I love all of your blogs, especially ones with mommy and me workouts. Having two small kids, it’s nice to find ways to incorporate them into my workouts
    @ashleysivik

  48. I seriously LOVED this post! I?m an avid Dr. Pepper drinker. I NEED the sugar and caffeine…. even though I know it?s HORRIBLE for me. I?ve recently challenged myself to drink a gallon a day, but I just don?t like water that much. So reading this has helped a TON! ? Now I can get healthier not only physically, but emotionally as well. You guys are an inspiration! I loved watching Extreme Weight Loss! ???? You guys are a true power couple!
    @shayy_morgan ???
    ALSO! Your hair is gorgeous! I?m actually 100% jealous of your hair!

  49. Lime water for the win! When i hit a wall and water seems like the most boring option, i juice a lime into it! It helps me hit my ? goals, I feel so much better when I am hydrated! And it helps with cravings because I feel full!

    IG: @juliareq5

  50. Heidi you are my favorote fit mom and the ten gulp rule is changing my life! I hate water and this has really helped me up my intake, so thanks bunches! I could really use your booty bands to get this booty summer swimsuit ready so hit me up on Instagram @nursemargaretx This nurse mom needs a lifted tight booty! ?

  51. I loved your blog about Mary Jackson! How special for you guys to recognize her and she is now a huge support to so many transformers. Me included.

    Ps- i have a serious pancake butt. I need a good band!

    Instagram xstina71

  52. This is my FAVORITE post! It has helped me so much! Thank you for being AMAZING! Oh and Ruby is my spirit animal. RUBY FOR PRESIDENT! @keepingupwithkaedyn is my IG ?

  53. I am all about my family too! when I saw you had a section about your family I had to read the all. I realized, I have to do more for myself. My family and I are accountable for one another so why haven’t I shown them how much I love them? I have to do more then doing housework, pay the bills, and making sure I put a healthy meal on table. I have to be good to myself. Last year I had a knee replacement and promised that I would work out more once I vwas able to. Fast forward today. I am working out twice a week using my own body weight.. since I have enough of it. But is still not enough so while I am cleaning or folding laundry on the coach do inner thigh with resistance bands that roll over my leg until I give up. I really hope I win so I could continue to demonstrate that I am worthy too.

  54. Now that it?s getting hot it?s easier to get the water in! But I love all your tips and tricks! Insta @saraejones

  55. This post is EVERYTHING!! My main struggle with transformation is getting the right amount of water in and I think some of these tips will definitely help. Thanks Heidi!!!!

    IG: @Nicole_cav1

  56. Definitely love this post! I find it super hard to drink enough in the winter months when it’s snowing & freezing cold. I’m right there with you having room temp water, less troublesome on your gut. ? @fitmacrn

  57. @jackie_amber both you and your husband are amazing individuals!! I loved your show extreme weight loss because you showed people the support and love they needed to begin their journey. The new bands look awesome to use for some squats or hip bridges!!

  58. I love your post so down to earth and motivate me every day. I talk about them all the time my family thinks I am crazy because I talk like I have know you for years hahah I really love the water tips and have talked my grandkids to drink k more water @srfancygirl

  59. I love these post on how to get the water in! My insta is shalalagetsfit cause this is my year reagardless. Life happens, people die, etc. gotta keep going

  60. Love this blog post I am one of the 3:4 people that?s severely dehydrated and I know I need to change that quick! But goodness I didn?t know it could speed up my metabolism! I?m making a change starting now! @alohagirl_11

  61. Everytime I drink water I think about your 10 gulp rule, it has made such a difference. That, and finding the right water bottle, I love my hydroflask! @kojenkins

  62. Definitely will be drinking more water. This has been the hardest fitness goal for me to achieve so far! @gerty_cosetta

  63. @diaz.s Love bands and the hardcore workouts you can do. Love the side steps w/ bands. I really like adding fruit to my water and have experimented w/ even adding a bag of green tea or jasmine to the mix for an extra boost. Will def be trying out adding BCAA?s for a better recovery too!!

  64. I love the blog about aggression therapy and self defence and mma. ?
    A Booty band will make my legs stronger for kicking. @nature.skillz.ninja

  65. I love your post on diastis recti which I have after 4 babies! Can?t wait to see who wins the booty bands! My handle is v_vaness

  66. This is amazing!
    I live in AZ (Born and raised) (Right down the road from you guys probably) so i know how important drinking water is! The 10 gulp idea is perfect and I?m gonna start doing that! Cause even though i drink water all day long. I know it?s probably not enough!

    Thank you for everything!
    @nnylkoorb (instagram)

  67. I loved your Just Say No, Less is More blog, i need to practice this more often, I?m constantly running myself ragged and the water tips, although I?m still trying to figure out how much bcaa?s are being added to a gallon! πŸ˜‰ @elynnh8

  68. I need a water check right about now haha, love the infused water idea! Thanks for all your ideas and hard work! @mismatchedcreative

  69. I really enjoyed this article! The 10 gulp rule is a good one, and sometimes adding ginger or fruit or even lemon is another awesome thing!

    Karenbhofmann

  70. Aloha from Hawaii……You are awesome. I love your stories on IG they are sooo creative and HILARIOUS @missfroggy83

  71. I love grated ginger and mint leave in my water ? I also follow Chris?s 10 gulp rule !! I would also r ally love to get involved in your training programs. I?m on a transformation journey ??
    * Booty Band Entry instagram name @shawnamorneau

  72. I?m chronically over caffeinated and dehydrated..:: ????? Time to add some cucumbers! Thanks for the tips :). @reviveyourlife_

  73. Love adding fruit to my water. Anytime I leave the house I always fill up my YETI w ice water and fruit or BCAAs–and I bring a hydroflask full of extra water in case myself or the kids run out while we are on our outing. Always water down my orange juice. Great tips!

    Never done the 10 gulp rule; I’m going to give it a shot!

    @katewaskey

  74. Ok loveeeee the water tips!! I try and drink 2-3 liters of water a day, try really hard on my good days to drink a gallon… btw: LOVE ur outfit that is posted above, those leggings are poppppin!!!

    Insta: alexia_talamante

  75. I seriously LOVE all your hydration posts! This is definitely the number one thing I lack in during my healthy journey and I wish I could figure it out and be more consistent with my water intake. Anwyas, I would really REALLY really love a new band set from Transform. I have been in need of a new set because the band set I do currently have, does not do me any justice. Need to activate those glutes more!!! Instagram name is b.sweat.fit ? thank you for an awesome opportunity!

  76. This is awesome! And totally helps, I sometimes get in a rut when drinking water especially when I?m at work.

  77. Love this!! I?m always looking for healthy ways to switch up my water flavors and get more water intake in! Thank you Heidi! @rachaelweb

  78. The 10 gulp rule is now the only way I drink…. well water that is. Exclude that rule from wine. Haha. No but seriously makes it easier to get all of the suggested amount in daily. @nikkidbagnato

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