Apparently the key to my drinking more water is … a 2-liter Diet Coke bottle.
Notice I said Diet Coke bottle, rather than bottle of Diet Coke. Because this vessel is filled with nothing but tap water.
I don’t know why, but there’s something appealingly outlandish about hoisting a giant bottle to my lips and guzzling as much as I want. (This is one of the virtues of working mostly from home; somehow I don’t see myself pulling this stunt at the office.)
The way I see it:
- I don’t have to get up every so often to refill my glass.
- I get a six-serving head start on my recommended daily water intake.
- It’s not that much bigger than a 44-ounce fountain drink.
- Finally, let’s face it, there’s probably some marketing implant in my brain that releases dopamine every time I pick up an object bearing the Diet Coke logo.
So I get a placebo boost without subjecting myself to the horrors of the “real thing.”