Post # 1
So I recently decided to make a few lifestyle changes to get healthier (and loose weight) and one of them was to drink more water. Starting on Friday, I’ve been drinking 60-80 oz per day. Nearly every list of health tips advises drinking water, so I know it’s a good idea. But it’s been having some undesirable effects so far.
Drinking water is making me feel very bloated and uncomfortably full. It’s also causing me to go to the bathroom at least 10 times a day. Also now that I’ve started drinking water, I’m constantly thirst, even when I’ve just finished a glass.
Is this normal?
People say such great things about drinking water, but so far I don’t feel great at all. I’m thinking it may just be a temporary things and my body has to adjust. Did anyone else experience that? If so, how long does it take to get used to the water intake? I really want to get healthy, but the bloating and feeling so full from water is having the opposite effect of what I want.
Post # 3
@msfahrenheit: For me, it was completely normal to feel all of the side effects that you mentioned. I try not to drink any water after 8 pm (otherwise, I’ll be uncomfortably bloated and feeling like the bathroom is my new best friend, lol!)
Also, I have begun to eat foods like cucumbers, watermelon slices, etc. for breakfast or snacks (this cuts down the number of water glasses /bottles I “feel” like I have to consume. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
@msfahrenheit: I drink a lot of water and I have to use the restroom a million times a day!!!! I am sort of “known” for it (lol, that’s awful) but I don’t care. I just think of it as burning calories (the restroom is upstairs!) 🙂 I think that is to be expected. But yes, as 30somethingbee said: I try not to drink too much too late or I am getting up at night- not fun!
Post # 5
I’ve recently started drinking a lot of water, and it’s made me have to use the bathroom a million times a day too. Before this time, I’ve tried to start drinking more water many times, and I hated it. This time I have finally started to want water the way so many people have told me I would after forcing myself to drink it for a while. I don’t know what is different, but I’m not complaining. I’m constantly thirsty too, and many people I know have these same side effects. I think it’s totally normal.
Post # 6
I’ve joined the water drinking wagon, too, and the bathroom is my new home. I’m actually giving myself the “day off” of meeting my water quota on Sundays. I just need a break.
It’s also heartbreaking to think that for every cup of coffee or tea you have, you need to drink two more cups of water to compensate. Ugh.
Post # 7
I try to drink a minimum of 8 glasses a day. The bloating and fullness will go away (in fact, you’ll be less bloated than you were before if you stick with it). I have noticed the more water I drink the more I crave too. The bathroom trips became less frequent for me as my body got used to it.
Post # 8
@msfahrenheit: 10 times? I have gone to the bathroom 10 times by noon! LOL The bloating I think it just something that happens at first. However, always being thirsty is a side effect that I still have. I drink water constantly! I always have a water near me. It is so bad that I thought I might have diabetes (checked out on that, thank God). I am not sure what causes that. Are you eating more sodium maybe? I dont think drinking more water would be bad for your health. keep it up lady! you probably have been walking around dehyraded for years and not knowing it!
Post # 9
You’ll get used to it. The most annoying part of it all is having to use the restroom so much. I’m known for it as well – especially at work. I’m always assigned to something, but asking another person to keep an eye for me so I can use the bathroom. Hah.
By The Way – I usually drink 100oz or so.
Post # 10
@bestbuddies: +1. I’m always drinking water and feel horrible if I don’t have it. If I drink coffee or soda like once – I quickly down water afterwards.
Post # 11
Thanks for the encouragement ladies. It’s good to know these things are normal. I will have to get used to the constant thirst and going to the bathroom. But I really hope the bloating goes away soon. Every article I read says that water should reduce bloating, so I hope that will start happening soon.
Post # 12
Drinking water is a great change to make to start to get healthier. The problems you’re having right now are just from your body not being used to intaking so much water. I really think the side effects will, for the most part, go away.
For example, the bloating. We retain water/bloat when we aren’t getting enough water. Your body holds onto the water because it doesn’t know when it will get water next. So, eventually, once your body learns that it will be hydrated throughout the day, you’ll stop retaining so much of it and the bloat will pass. At that point, drinking lots of water should actually help to prevent bloating.
In terms of going to the bathroom a lot — I’m not sure that’s avoidable, but it might regulate a bit once your body gets used to it. I know it can be an annoyance, but it’s a good sign — means you’re hydrating yourself! 🙂
Hang in there. 🙂
Post # 13
Maybe add lemon to your water? That’s supposed to have a cleansing effect no?
Post # 14
@Gemstone: Yep, that’s just what I was going to post. Your body is still acclimating to the influx of water. Give it some time, you’ll adjust and the bathroom & bloating issues will improve.
Post # 15
@bythebook: Yeah, it’s amazing how you can actually tell whether you’re giving your body enough water. I started making a real effort to stay hydrated several months ago, and it makes me feel so much better!
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
At first I felt bloated and full when I drank tons of water, but now I drink a ton and feel so much better. I just had to get used to it (: It’s all I drink now, partly because I’ve been sick with a mystery illness for four months, but mostly because it just makes me feel so much better.
I only drink sugary or carbonated drinks like once a month, and always feel so bloated and awful after haha. It’s kind of reversed now 😉