Why is it so darned hard to drink enough water? I should know how important it is: we write about it all the time in Shape. But yet I can't bring myself to get enough during the day. I keep a water bottle on my desk but forget to take it with me to meetings or when I pop down to the art department to view some of the latest photos for one of our upcoming features. And I can tell when I haven't gotten enough: my skin looks dull and I start snacking all the time (all too often your body is saying it's hungry when it's actually thirsty). I'm trying to change my ways: I picked up a great tip from our on-staff nutritionist, Cynthia Sass, RD: Think of your day in three segments: wake-up time to noon, noon to 4 p.m., and 4 p.m. to bedtime. Aim for about three 8-ounce glasses per time period. Start drinking!
One daily change: Switch out just one drink (be it coffee, juice, or soda) for one tall glass or small bottle of water--and you're already on your way to reaching your goal!