What Strategies Do Nutritionists Use to Increase Clients' Water Intake?


    What Strategies Do Nutritionists Use to Increase Clients' Water Intake?

    Discovering effective strategies to boost water consumption can be a game-changer for health and wellness, so we've gathered insights from top nutrition professionals. From the simple act of 'Sipping with a Straw' to 'Planning Daily Hydration Goals,' explore the top four strategies shared by Registered Dietitians and Senior Coaches to help clients increase their water intake.

    • Sip with a Straw
    • Create a Hydration Buddy System
    • Set Regular Drink Reminders
    • Plan Daily Hydration Goals

    Sip with a Straw

    Use a straw! It's so much easier to get quick hydration this way. Keep a cold drink nearby—in the car, on your desk, and at your bedside—for easy visual reminders.

    Whitney StuartRegistered Dietitian, Whitness Nutrition

    Create a Hydration Buddy System

    Boosting water intake is a common goal for many clients, and one strategy I've found super effective is what I like to call the 'Hydration Buddy' system. It's all about accountability and support. I encourage clients to team up with a friend, family member, or even a fellow Total Shape member who also wants to up their water game. They become each other's hydration buddies, reminding and motivating one another throughout the day. It adds a fun and social aspect to the hydration journey, making it more likely for them to stick with it. Plus, they can share tips on how to make hydration more enjoyable, like adding slices of fruit or herbs to their water. It's a win-win for staying hydrated and building a supportive fitness community.

    James Cunningham
    James CunninghamSenior Coach, Total Shape

    Set Regular Drink Reminders

    I have found that having clients set a reminder to go off every 30 minutes supports them in consuming water. We often get very involved in what we are doing and just forget to drink. This reminder can also be used to remind you to get up and move around.

    Carrie Beeson
    Carrie BeesonNutritionist, CNC, Adawehi

    Plan Daily Hydration Goals

    Starting with a goal in mind is key to staying hydrated. I encourage my clients to note the volume of their favorite beverage container and make a plan to drink and refill that container to meet their fluid needs within a day. While some prefer ice water, others prefer room temperature. Alternatively, fruit-infused water, herbal teas, and water-based snacks such as watermelon and cucumbers are a great way to increase water intake. The key is to make these habits a part of your daily routine. Staying hydrated is essential for overall health and well-being!

    Beth Lewis
    Beth LewisAuthor and Dietitian, Citrus Press