I Drank Nothing but Water for 7 Days — Here’s What Happened

You know those people who magically blow through eight water bottles a day? The ones who thrive off hydration and ~just aren’t that into~ soda? Yeah, I’m not one of those people. Instead, I’m over here paying $5.95 for my one-pump caramel mocha and blowing through… half a cup of water per day? Maybe less.

I know. I KNOW. There are tons of articles out there on how much your body needs water. It’s basically the elixir of life, but I just can’t get jazzed about eight glasses of plain water a day (I mean, who would?). I’m already having the salad for lunch, what more do you want from me world?!

But when I started cracking sodas bright and early at 10:00 am, I knew it was time for a change. It’s true what they say about your body craving sugar — the more soda I had, the more I wanted it. I was hooked on the fizz, and I needed an intervention. I needed to drink water that tasted better than water… or that actually had a taste at all.

Enter hint water. Known for their zero diet sweeteners (see you in hell, added sugar), zero preservatives, and non-GMO fruits, I originally heard of hint while roaming the aisles of my local grocery store. Easy to grab n’ go and flavored and still actually water?! Sign me up.

My goal? To spend one week drinking the suggested amount of water and nothing else (what can I say, life is about living in extremes). I’m keeping my normal eating habits (yay for pasta!) to see exactly how the water effects me when I don’t change anything else. The suggested daily intake of water is half your body weight in fluid ounces, so in my case, around four hint water bottles. Challenge accepted.

 

Getting Started

Lucky for me, hint has a range of options that sounded a lot better than simply drinking 54 ounces of plain ol’ water every day (no thanks). The three options they offer are:

hint water – fruit infused water with flavors such as pear, blackberry, and raspberry.
hint fizz  – sparkling water with flavors such as cherry, watermelon, and grapefruit.
hint kick – caffeinated water in the flavors of apple pear, black raspberry, and lemon cayenne.

As someone who lives off anything carbonated, I immediately went for hint fizz (cherry and blackberry flavor) to ease myself into this transition — see soda, I don’t need you. Now that I had purchased the water bottles, it was time to drink (all of) them. Let the journey begin!

 

Days 1-3

Breaking out of sugar cravings is hard, and I’ll admit, the first day was a struggle. I was going from barely a sip of water a day to drinking it non-stop, and it felt like I was drinking ALL THE TIME. I was getting full so much quicker because I was filling up my body with water — which is actually a really good thing, it just took a second to adjust.  I would’ve been appalled by the difficult time I was having, but hint fizz made the whole scenario a lot less overwhelming with its carbonation (god bless) and refreshing flavor. The carbonation was subtle and I quickly realized hint fizz cherry was my favorite.

Another immediately noticeable change? I needed to go to the bathroom all the time (but seriously though). It felt inconvenient on the first day — I hated having to stop in the middle of something to pee AGAIN — but after day two, I was already used to it. I even appreciated the not-so-subtle reminder to get up and move around every half hour or so. I was actually using my legs during a workday and getting enough water at the same time — #winning.

Overall, the first three days were a combination of constantly reminding myself to drink water while also trying to live my life (and catch up on The Bachelorette). Nonetheless, I stuck to the amount of water I needed to drink — hint was a huge help here, the watermelon flavor was the perfect antidote to 80° days and it actually tasted like watermelon and not the sticky sweet synthetic watermelon you find in Jolly Ranchers and Smackers lip balm.

I was on the lookout for clearer skin, more energy, and better overall health (naturally all things that can happen in seven days, right?).

 

Days 4-7

Like all habits we form, there’s a threshold we reach where everything suddenly becomes easier. Day four was that threshold for me. I would love to be able to say I woke up with Carrie Underwood’s voluminous hair and Jessica Alba’s flawless skin while also being able to run a 5-minute mile and not spend an extra hour on social media before going to bed (dream of dreams, am I right?). Instead, I woke up as myself, only I felt so much better. I could drink an entire bottle of water in a sitting comfortably — HALLELU. And there was a subtle glow happening — it was like I had an invisible beauty light hovering over my face all day. Let me tell you, it was one serious confidence boost.

As the days went on, I started to notice obvious changes in my everyday life. I drank the necessary amount of water without even thinking about it and woke up so energized that I forwent my morning coffee (and subsequent headache) *gasp*. The caffeinated version of hinthint kick — ended up replacing my morning boost and it made me feel so. unbelievably. healthy. I was actually doing it — drinking (tons of) water and not hating my life. The fruit flavors — pear, raspberry, and watermelon ended up being my favs — were a lifesaver and kept my routine varied. Instead of drinking regular water for 14 hours straight, I was drinking different flavors at every turn — while mixing in some regular water too. Without that variation, I would have struggled to meet my quota.

It turns out if you give your body what it craves — in this case, water — it rewards you. It seems like a “duh” moment, but it’s often hard to look past the instant gratification of that soda or coffee or candy bar. Once you do, you start seeing and feeling the results. I had energy (my usual 2 pm slump was nowhere to be found), my skin felt less oily, and I was eating less overall — which led to fewer stomach aches and after lunch regrets. That lunchtime salad actually started to feel fulfilling. I didn’t want the side of mac n’ cheese because the water was sustaining me. Once you get past the mental block of I DESERVE THIS MAC N’ CHEESE I WORK HARD DAMMIT, you reach a point where you realize you don’t even want it. If this is what water could do for me, I wanted more. I was finally hooked on something that was actually healthy for my body. Weird… but also pretty freakin’ cool.

 

 

Ready for your own water challenge?

Click here to buy the hint variety pack and start your own water challenge — who knows what benefits you might see? The pack includes hint’s four best sellers (including my fav: watermelon!). Use the discount code “variety15” to get 12 bottles for only $15 + shipping. 

For me, this experience was an eye-opening one. Before, I was spending money on every drink — that $5+ coffee every morning adds up FAST — and struggling to get through the day without a nap. Who would’ve thought that simply drinking enough water would help with the majority of these problems?

Although I still needed to go to the bathroom more than usual, the improvements I saw from the last seven days were enough for me to know that I needed to continue building up drinking water into a habit. It only takes 21 days, supposedly. With hint by my side, I feel up to the challenge. Sure, I may not be as focused on drinking exactly four bottles a day after this, but I’ve felt the difference that drinking water can make and I’m excited to see how these differences and improvements grow and flourish as I continue to give my body the water it needs. Not bad for my first intervention.

 

This post was in partnership with hint, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.

  • Sara

    I understand this is an sponsored post, however, this comes off as you only drank hint water for 7 days and that you didn’t eat – you need to eat!

    • The Everygirl

      Hi Sara,
      Thanks for your input! Christina definitely ate normally during this challenge — we wouldn’t wish seven days of just water and nothing else on anyone!

  • Interesting – I’m sure this would be a really fascinating case study for someone who doesn’t regularly drink enough to stay hydrated during the day, but luckily I don’t have the problem. I easily get my 8 servings of liquids each day, because it doesn’t HAVE to be water to count. That’s the best part!

    http://on-th3-cusp.blogspot.com/2017/08/easy-ways-to-stay-hydrated-during-day.html

  • Daria Ed

    Love love love <3
    Keep up an amazing work!

    -Daria

    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/daria-edu-19010657

    http://dariaed.com/

  • Sian Chandler

    shame this was sponsered I don’t think I valued this post as much.

  • Vanessa Harms

    Really hated this post to be honest. Does anyone really think that sugar-free substitutes are healthy? This is promoting chemical junk (sorry hint!) …maybe this post should have been drinking water (yes, normal water) infused with natural sources such a lemon, berries, lavendar, etc. This is sad…and I agree with Sara, it looks as if all she drank was water and didnt eat. Sorry, but I see this as a fail

  • Tai Vogel

    The title is really misleading – I thought she drank real, pure water, but she drank water with things (chemicals) added. I think this could have been a really great article if someone did just drink pure water everyday, not a coffee, a La Croix, wine, tea, etc.

  • Rhiannon Rak

    Would be interesting to know the company’s stance on their environmental impact. With the recent surge in demand for reusable plastic, refilling a drink bottle might be the best thing for yourself and the environment.

  • This was an interesting post, however I did expect something else just like other commenters suggested. I have been drinking only regular water for the past 15 years or so with the occasional tea (1-3 times per month) and it is fine, but I do admit that I still have trouble drinking the required amount per day. It seems like the more you drink, the more water you need which can be an inconvenience. Also the bathroom thing is so annoying…but yeah, it is a much better option that all the fizzy drinks, at least you know what you put in your body.

  • Nikyta Polyak

    I know it’s a sponsored post, but all those plastic water bottles is such a waste. Even if you recycle them. I would have loved to see you get SodaStream on board and make your own fizzy water each day with different flavours, etc. No need to add all that waste to the environment.

  • Shannon

    Like the other commenters noted, I do recognize this is a sponsored post but I come to Everygirl to up my game. I’d much rather read an article about how to make your own tasty, bubbly, fruit-flavored water in enviro-friendly reusable glass bottles, etc. instead of doing what I do now…which is to buy LaCroix, Vitamin Water, etc.

  • Alison Hughes

    I know this was sponsored, but I usually leave a bag of tea in my reusable water bottle for the day and it adds a nice hint of flavor.

  • Essie

    I only drink water; no caffeine, no soda and no alcohol. I’ve done that since September last year and I’ve lost 40 pounds. I drink bottled spring water. It has never occurred to me to drink flavored water. Why would anyone do that? That’s just adding unneeded chemicals to your daily diet, which, in my opinion is far worse than a daily latte.

    I’ve never seen or heard of this hint stuff before. It sounds expensive and totally unnecessary.

  • Nelle

    There’s a difference between a sponsored post and a Sponsored Post!!!!. This was definitely the latter.

  • Would have preferred to see this was a sponsored post at the top. I didn’t need to read about “hint” in every sentence and all of those bottles creates a large amount of waste. I would rather have read about ways to liven up water using a reusable bottle or something similar.