Water and Weight Loss - Debunking the Myths

Pouring a Glass of Water

Nearly every diet plan created has one instruction in common, “drink plenty of water.” We've all been hearing this for years, so much that now water is sometimes seen as a miracle weight loss tool. Let's pause for a minute to look at what happens in the body when we're hydrated and how it relates to weight loss. It's time to debunk some myths!

When we drink water, our body does burn additional calories in order to heat the water to the proper temperature to be processed into the bloodstream. How many calories? Well in a study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, drinking water increased metabolism by 30% in both men and women. This boost occurred within 10 minutes of drinking and maxed out 30 to 40 minutes later.

The real winning property of water when it comes to weight loss is the impact on your stomach and brain. When you drink water, your stomach feels fuller and hunger subsides. What’s even better is that there are 0 (ZERO) calories in water and it is also free of artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. Making the switch to water from sugary drinks can keep hundreds of calories a day out of your system. For example, a green tea latte from a popular coffee chain may sound healthy, but it packs 350 calories which is the equivalent of a medium fast-food french fry.

Several other studies have shown loads of added benefits from staying hydrated daily with water. From reduced risk of heart attack and cancer to younger-looking skin, the list seems endless. While there is no “magic bullet” here when it comes to weight loss, the important thing to remember is to stay hydrated and drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. You’ll enjoy a metabolism boost, keep extra sugar and calories out of your body, and will end up saving a decent amount of money compared to those expensive take-out drinks.


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