Adding drinks to the daily food log

Hi all. I'm new to the site and trying to figure things out. 2 questions then... 1) Are coffee and diet green tea considered water for recording purposes? If not, how do I add non-water drinks?
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  • malibu927
    malibu927 Posts: 17,568 Member
    They are. And you can log any drinks the same as you do food.
  • JeromeBarry1
    JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,183 Member
    Coffee goes in the food diary as coffee. Even black coffee has potassium. Tea goes in the food diary as tea. For both, include the candy treatment you add to it. Milk goes in the food diary as milk.

    On the water tally, I add coffee, tea, water, ice, but not milk. If I were an alcohol consumer, I'd account for the water component of the drink in my water tally, and log the booze in the food diary.
  • TonyB0588
    TonyB0588 Posts: 9,520 Member
    I log anything I drink except water as food. Coffee, tea, juices, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • TerranandKaylynsmommy
    TerranandKaylynsmommy Posts: 321 Member
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  • Meelisv
    Meelisv Posts: 235 Member
    edited March 2018
    I never log tea or water, if I would drink black coffee, I wouldn't log that either. But since I only drink some sort of coffee that includes lot of milk, I certainly log that
  • mscoutable
    mscoutable Posts: 30 Member
    I generally don't log black coffee or tea. I only log it if I start adding things to it (ex. creamer, honey, etc)
  • stanmann571
    stanmann571 Posts: 5,736 Member
    Soda, Tea, coffee, etc

    Are 99.99% water. So yes, they count.

    But, regarding hydration, unless you're supplementing B, a pale straw color is what you're aiming at. Clear, is slightly overhydrated, and yellow is dehydrated, Grey, brown, black, red. Those are bad.
  • MegaMooseEsq
    MegaMooseEsq Posts: 3,119 Member
    edited March 2018
    I don’t track zero calorie drinks here, although I do keep half an eye on my daily caffeine intake. If you wanted to track water (which I consider unnecessary, but usually harmless) it certainly wouldn’t hurt if you wanted to track zero calorie beverages as water - the dehydrating effects of caffeinated drinks has been wildly overstated, which the health benefits of still water have been largely overstated. The only beverage that has a net dehydrating effect is alcohol and most people get plenty of liquid without making an effort to chug still water.
  • Iwantahealthierme30
    Iwantahealthierme30 Posts: 293 Member
    I only count water as water and log everything else I drink like I would food.
  • pamfin
    pamfin Posts: 169 Member
    I made a category for drinks and log everything that I drink there (with the exception of water which I never remember to log anyway.) Although it's only a tiny number, filter coffee and some fruit/herb teas still have a few calories and I just like to see a complete diary!
  • Cajunman13
    Cajunman13 Posts: 2 Member
    Thank you all for the input. I'm trying to get the hang of this and the diary is certainly helping.
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 11,045 Member
    I most certainly log my coffee and milk because calories and sodium/potassium. Diet coke too for similar reasons and why not. I don't bother to record my total water intake. I've never fainted from lack of hydration and generally my pee color looks ok... http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Assess+Your+Hydration+Status.pdf
  • pjcallow1
    pjcallow1 Posts: 1 Member
    I log my tea, coffee, fruit juice and other drinks alongside the meal they accompanied (as others have said, these drinks all contain a mix of nutrients other than water). I hadn't thought about creating a category specifically for drinks (i.e. those consumed at other times) - good idea, I'll do that. I'm not clear whether MyFitnessPal makes a water allowance each time I add a drink - I don't think it does, but I'm not completely sure. Currently I'm adding the drink(s) and then adding the corresponding guesstimate(s) for water to its specific category. Does anyone have any more thoughts about this?
  • BarbaraHelen2013
    BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 1,911 Member
    I’m pretty sure the water log element of MFP is for personal interest and information only. It has no part in any calorie calculation obviously and since there’s no ‘goal’ relating to water consumption built into MFP I don’t think ‘it’ cares a jot!
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 25,830 Member
    I’m pretty sure the water log element of MFP is for personal interest and information only. It has no part in any calorie calculation obviously and since there’s no ‘goal’ relating to water consumption built into MFP I don’t think ‘it’ cares a jot!

    When I first started MFP I did fill this out, but stopped when I realized I consistently drank plenty of fluid every day and that it was not useful for me to use.

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  • ShaeDetermined
    ShaeDetermined Posts: 1,525 Member
    TonyB0588 wrote: »
    I log anything I drink except water as food. Coffee, tea, juices, alcoholic beverages, etc.

    This.
    And only pure water gets logged as water.