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Daily Water Chart

How much water should you drink per day?

Daily Water Chart

How much water should I drink if I weigh …

Daily Water Chart for Men and Women

  • 75 lbs 30 oz.
  • 80 lbs 32 oz. = 4 cups (1/4 gallon of water)
  • 85 lbs 34 oz.
  • 90 lbs 36 oz.
  • 95 lbs 38 oz.
  • 100 lbs 40 oz.
  • 105 lbs 42 oz.
  • 110 lbs 44 oz.
  • 115 lbs 46 oz.
  • 120 lbs 48 oz. = (6 cups)
  • 125 lbs 50 oz.
  • 130 lbs 52 oz.
  • 135 lbs 54 oz.
  • 140 lbs 56 oz.
  • 145 lbs 58 oz.
  • 150 lbs 60 oz.
  • 155 lbs 62 oz.
  • 160 lbs 64 oz. = 8 cups (1/2 gallon of water)
  • 165 lbs 66 oz.
  • 170 lbs 68 oz.
  • 175 lbs 70 oz.
  • 180 lbs 72 oz.
  • 185 lbs 74 oz.
  • 190 lbs 76 oz.
  • 195 lbs 78 oz.
  • 200 lbs 80 oz. = (10 cups)
  • 205 lbs 82 oz.
  • 210 lbs 84 oz.
  • 215 lbs 86 oz.
  • 220 lbs 88 oz.
  • 225 lbs 90 oz.
  • 230 lbs 92 oz.
  • 235 lbs 94 oz.
  • 240 lbs 96 oz. = 12 cups (3/4 gallon of water)
  • 245 lbs 98 oz.
  • 250 lbs 100 oz.
  • 255 lbs 102 oz.
  • 260 lbs 104 oz.
  • 265 lbs 106 oz.
  • 270 lbs 108 oz.
  • 275 lbs 110 oz.
  • 280 lbs 112 oz. = 14 cups
  • 285 lbs 114 oz.
  • 290 lbs 116 oz.
  • 295 lbs 118 oz.
  • 300 lbs 120 oz.
  • 305 lbs 122 oz.
  • 310 lbs 124 oz.
  • 315 lbs 126 oz.
  • 320 lbs 128 oz. = 16 cups (1 gallon of water)
  • 325 lbs 130 oz.
  • 330 lbs 132 oz.
  • 335 lbs 134 oz.
  • 340 lbs 136 oz.
  • 345 lbs 138 oz.
  • 350 lbs 140 oz.
  • 355 lbs 142 oz.
  • 360 lbs 144 oz. = 18 cups

Note: Heat and Activity
If you participate in fitness activities or sports, you will need more water due to sweating and heavy breathing which causes water loss in the body. Such activities would include bodybuilding, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, tennis, running / jogging, cycling, dancing, swimming, yoga, pilates, golf, etcetera. Also note that being in a hot environment, like being outside on a hot day, will cause you to perspire, and increases the amount of water you need for the day. This chart is simply a baseline.

Water is extremely important, and vital to not only bodybuilding and fitness, but overall health. Water plays one of the most important roles in muscle growth because water is a nutrient transport mechanism by which the nutrients you consume are transported directly to the muscle. Water also aids in nutrient absorption and cell volumization.

Think of the body like a contained river that's always flowing. When the river gets low, the boats have problems delivering the goods (nutrients) to the docks (muscles).

Daily Water Intake Calculator

2 oz of water per 5 lbs of body weight

Example: If you weigh 100 lbs, you need 45 ounces of water per day. If your weight is 200 pounds, then you need 90 oz of water per day.

Body Composition & Water
The human body is composed of 55% - 78% water depending on body size. Taking into consideration that water makes up about 85 percent of our brain, about 80 percent of our blood, and roughly 70 percent of our lean muscle, it would seem crazy to starve the body of its daily water needs. Water accounts for about 60% of a man's body weight, and represents about 50% of a women's body weight.

Dehydration
Approximately 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated according to the stats floating around on the web. We can't confirm this stat, but wouldn't be surprised if it's true.

Dehydration Symptoms

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Midnight hunger
  • Drop in athletic performance
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Trouble with basic math
  • Difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page

Water will be taken from blood volume during the first hours of water deprivation.

Training and athletic performance can drop by as much as 20 - 30% if you lose even 4% of your body's water during exercise / training. It can be fatal if your body loses of 9-12% of its water weight. During exercise, or in a hot environment the body can lose about two quarts of water per hour. Your thirst can be impeded by exercise and overridden by the mind, so thirst is not the best indicator of your body's need for water.

Dehydrated cells shrivel like a prune. During the shrivelated state of our cells, we can experience physical pain, such as headaches and joint pain. Water is the basic need for cellular health. With all the "cell tech" and cell technology out there, water's importance is rarely ever mentioned.

The American Physiological Society states, "Despite the physiological importance of water to life, little is known about water intake and excretion patterns in free-living individuals, because fluid intake, particularly from non-caloric, non-alcoholic, and decaffeinated beverages is poorly documented."

This makes perfect sense because we drink coffee, apple juice, orange juice, sports drinks, milk and all sorts of other liquids, so it's difficult to know how much water a person really needs due to the many other things people drink on a daily basis.

Also, solid foods contribute to about three to four cups of water per day in an average diet.

Energy Creation
Water generates energy as it flows through the cell's membrane. Water is also essential for the metabolic breakdown of ATP (Adenosine-5'-triphosphate), another source for energy that is used in cells as a coenzyme. It's often referred to as the "molecular unit of currency" of intracellular energy transfer.

Regulation & Waste Removal
Water regulates your body temperature, dissolves vitamins, minerals and other nutrients so your body can use them. Water also enables waste removal which reduces stress on the kidneys and liver.

Daily Water Loss
Approximately 10 cups of fluid is lost per day through sweating, exhaling, urinating and bowel movements.

Don't Forget Salt

How much salt does the body need? 1/2 spoon salt for every 2 quarts water (either in food or the water itself).

Adequate salt intake is needed for proper hydration. The body uses salt to balance blood sugar levels by clearing mucus and phlegm from the lungs, which aids in absorption from the intestinal tract, supports nerve cell activity, and strengthens bones. Salt is a natural anti-histamine that prevents water from being excreted. It helps create balance within our internal water system. Salt also helps extract excess acidity (hydrogen ions and oxidants from ATP production) from cells.

Bodybuilding Water Requirements
A bodybuilder's daily water intake requirement has a few variables. The first being body weight. Remember, you need 8 ounces of water per 20 lbs of body weight. Refer to the Daily Water Intake Chart above. The second factor being how much water is being lost through activity; cardio, weight training etc. Most pro bodybuilders that I've met typically drink about 1 gallon of water per day, but these guys weigh about 230 pounds and up, so that doesn't apply to everyone.

Let's go over some hypothetical examples on Pro athletes / bodybuilders.

Jay Cutler Water Intake

Jay Cutler weighs about 274 lbs during contest time, and 310 lbs in the off-season. If Jay Cutler followed our water chart he would consume one gallon or more of water per day. Jay's daily consumption probably tops that, considering his high rate of activity. Jay's training routine is probably more taxing on his rate of water loss than most people.

Duane Johnson, (A.K.A.) "The Rock"

The Rock weighs about 225 lbs and if he followed the water chart he would consume about 88 - 96 oz. or more of water per day. The Rock's workout routine is also at a level that puts his rate of water loss higher than most.

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