There are commercials out there that make fun of Metamucil as being "thick and gritty" and urge you to take a pill instead, but frankly, I stand by the effectiveness of Metamucil, or as I affectionately refer to it, "poo powder". However, since the directions do indicate that you should drink eight ounces of water with your heaping teaspoon of Metamucil, and yes, you do need to drink it fast before that powder starts to thicken up (it doesn't really get "gritty", but it sure does get thick!), what's a loyal Metamucil fan like myself to do? Just grin and chug it?
Nah, you don't have to do that. I figured out a very quick and easy way to take Metamucil powder without the agony of chugging down a large glass of rapidly-thickening glop. Now, don't smack yourself in the forehead TOO hard, because the "secret" is pretty simple: instead of using an eight-ounce glass and filling it with water, simply use a four-ounce glass. Put the teaspoonful of powder in the smaller glass, then fill it with four ounces of water and stir well. The mixture might be a little stronger to taste, but you can drink it down in a flash before it gets thick at all. Once you've downed the initial mixture, simply refill the glass with your other four ounces of water, and drink at a normal pace--no chugging required!