You've probably heard all the tricks: Add fruit. Down a glass before every meal. Set reminders. But if you're someone that just can't convince themselves to drink more water — no matter how often your doctor implores you to — none of those "hacks" actually work. Maybe, instead of forcing yourself, all you need is a little good old fashioned motivation — especially if your goal for the new year is to ditch the soda and sugary drinks in favor of H20. Actress Molly Shannon has just the thing that helped her: a motivational water bottle.
"Vanessa Bayer and I are both into this thing called the Venture Pal water bottle," Shannon shares with The Strategist. "It has little encouraging things on it, like 'Good morning!', 'You got it' and 'Keep chugging,' and there are these lines on it, so I think it makes me drink the water."
The former SNL cast member is definitely on to something. The oversized bottle holds up to a half gallon, plus it comes with two lids, one to accommodate a straw, one for straight chugging. The secret is the markers on the side, with time stamps and words of encouragement, reminding you of where you should be at any given point in the day and urging you to keep hydrating.
Shannon even shared about the Venture Pal on the I Love This for You set, her series with fellow SNL alum Vanessa Bayer — and everyone else ended up getting them too.
"We’re always drinking water," she adds. "I would much prefer to drink coffee, but this makes me drink water. I try to drink one full bottle a day."
The bottle — which is available in 10 solid colors and gradients — is also BPA- and toxin-free. Did we also mention it's on sale? Most colors are $5 off. It's like knocking out two resolutions in one — drinking more water and saving money.
Amazon reviewers swear it really did help them drink more, too — over 20,500 shoppers have given it a perfect five-star rating.
"I’ve had this thing for a while now, and it’s still one of my favorite purchases," shared one of them. "Because its so easy to drink out of and because of the markings I really do drink A LOT more water than I used to. The handles make it easy for me to carry to work, also."
"I am surprised by how much I like this jug," another reported. "It is huge! It’s surprising how big a gallon of water is when you’re toting it around. I’m glad it is, though. It sits in front of me all day, and it’s just enticing to keep sipping from it."
It's functional and stylish — at least, according to this thrilled reviewer: "Beautiful stunning piece of art! I LOVE this water bottle, my absolute favorite! You cannot even imagine how gorgeous and special this utility item is until you see it!!"
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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