Does Drinking Water Help Lose Weight?
If you are trying to lose weight and diets just aren’t your “thing” you have no choice but to resort to finding shortcuts.
Or so you thought, right up to the moment you clicked the link to read this article.
With all the dieting, workout tweaks, fasting, starving, over-exercising and supplement testing that many of us do in pursuit of the one missing piece – the “secret” – to finally reach our goal weight or shape, just imagine how much money you could save (not to mention time) if the missing piece was free and readily available pretty much anywhere at anytime.
What are we talking about here? Another magic pill? Another fast? UGH!
Don’t get me wrong…supplements have their place in our total fitness “puzzle”. So do workouts, and diets. But the over-reliance on any of these methodologies in conjunction with the abandonment of key fundamentals is simply irresponsible and unhealty.
One question I continue to get from readers and friends is “Does drinking water help lose weight?”
So we did a little research and came up with these 4 facts about water intake as it relates to weight loss:
1) Water Burns Calories
Not only is water deplete of calories, but it also speeds up metabolism as studies like this one have found.
Numerous investigations have shown that resting energy expenditure (that is, the burning of calories) increases between 24% and 30% in the ten minutes immediately following the consumption of water.
Drinking a pint of water , in fact, burns exactly 23 calories. To put this in simple-to-understand terms, if you drink this amount of water every day for one whole year, you’ll lose approximately 4.5 lbs of fat.
2) Water Fills You Up
Drinking cold water before meals has been shown to impact appetite by decreasing hunger.
One study found that drinking cold water before each meal over the course of 3 straight months can lead to a loss of up to nearly 4.5 lbs!
Other research showed that drinking water before breakfast reduced the number of calories consumed during a meal by 13%.
And on that note…
3) When You Drink More Water, You Consume Fewer Calories
Since water has zero calories, it’s a wonderful replacement for other calorie-loaded beverages and food, and acts as a “placeholder” to enable reduced caloric intake.
Some studies have shown that those who drink more water consume 9% fewer calories per day.
We can often become complacent when it comes to caloric intake, particularly when we’re working out consistently, taking supplements, getting sleep and doing everything else “right”. Why not load up on a 5-course dinner or a bacon-laced mammoth breakfast when we’re burning calories constantly?
Then, of course, we find ourselves standing in the mirror a few days later after a grueling workout wondering how the hell we still don’t have the definition we want around our waistline.
Pound water before each meal, and see what it does to your appetite!
4. Drink A Quarter Gallon to a Half-Gallon of Water Each Day For Weight Loss
In reality, there is no exact amount of water that we should drink as a general rule, since it depends on our age, physical activity and our daily diet.
For example, people who sweat a lot or exercise regularly may need more water th
an sedentary people; and those that consume a lot of coffee, tea or fruit will require less than those that eat a lot of protein.
As a general rule, you should drink water when you are thirsty, but if you want to lose weight, you should really be consuming between a quarter and a half-gallon of water per day.
So to the question of “does drinking water help lose weight?”, the answer is a clear “yes”. Replace soda, juice and other calorie-loaded beverages with water at every opportunity and make a habit of drinking up to a half gallon per day.
Journal your experience to gauge whether you feel your appetite change at all. Pick up a large water bottle that you can always have handy, and when you get the urge to drink something naughty, start guzzling.
And if you just gotta have the fizz, grab a sodium-free carbonated/sparkling water (La Croix, Bubly, etc.) and count it toward your water intake!
Happy (water) drinking!