This Trick From My Diet Is Better Than Yours Will Tell You How Much Water You Should Actually Be Drinking

01/26/2016 at 12:03 PM ET

To really be successful on a diet, Jennifer Cassetta recommends focusing on the big picture.

“When setting your fitness goals, make sure you know what your bigger purpose is,” says the My Diet Is Better Than Yours trainer. “What is the real reason that you want to be fit and healthy?”

“Set yourself up for long-term wellness,” she adds. “Create a diet and fitness plan that will help you fight disease.”

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But the expert—who is mentoring Taj Robinson with her Strong, Safe and Sexy Plan on the ABC weight loss show—also has some quick tips for staying on track now.

“Stay hydrated—water, water, water. You can’t drink enough of it,” she says. “I like to say drink about half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you’re going to drink around 75 oz. of water per day.”

The martial arts guru also recommends eating mostly plant-based foods.

As for her competitor Jay Cardiello of the No Diet Plan, weight loss is more about making behavioral changes.

“Create daily rituals,” he says. “If you want to master things, you have to practice on a daily basis.”

Some of those important rituals include simply reiterating positive thoughts.

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“Tame your tongue. Remember what you say is what you become. So stay positive and use strong words such as ‘can’ and ‘do.’ Leave out the ‘tries’ and ‘shouldn’t’s,’ ” he says. “I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m positive.”

Success is also about learning when to say no, says Cardiello, “No is one of the most powerful words but we do not use it enough. Set your boundaries and you’ll improve the quality of your life.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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You know, these idiots had better watch the “advice” they’re giving. About two years ago, my 75 year old aunt was hospitalized from consuming too much water. It CAN happen. It had something to do with her heart and electrolytes. She would fill a gallon container each day and drink it. She was not a big lady, it was too much for her. Drink when you’re thirsty, and if you’re hungry take a drink before you eat and sips between bites of your meal. This downing 75 ounces is a bit over the top, unless you’re working out all day and/or sweating a LOT.

Emily on

Thats her tip? Drink half your body weight in water? Isn’t that common knowledge? Talk about click-bait, People!

angie on

That trainer is wrong – it’s been proven time and time again that the average person doesn’t need nearly that much supplemental water.

Rox on

Water is very important for everyone, but you can drink too much. People have drown themselves from drinking too much water. Yes, it’s very uncommon, but she shouldn’t make a statement saying “you can’t drink too much” of it.

Guest on

I wouldn’t take advice from people who know nothing about how much water to consume in a day. I guess these big shots don’t know that you can drink too much water and die. They shouldn’t spew information that is incorrect…they’re libeled to be sued.

Dale on

It’s just unrealistic to drink that much water! Unless you just want to sit on the toilet in your bathroom all day long, which is what I would have to do if I drink that much water!!!

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I agree with Angie and Dale-and so does my urologist. If you drink too much, you’re not hydrating, you’re flushing electrolytes.
Urine output is a good indicator of how hydrated one is.

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