Drinking water has long been associated with improved weight loss, with many studies showing that consuming more water might result in weight loss and maintenance.
There are several ways that drinking water might help you achieve your weight loss goals.
- Drinking Water Can Make You Burn More Calories
Drinking 0.5 liters (17 oz) of water may increase the amount of calories you burn for at least one hour. Some studies have revealed that this can contribute to modest weight loss. Results may be greater if the water is cold, since your body uses extra calories to warm the water to body temperature.
- Drinking Water Before Meals Can Reduce Appetite
Middle-aged and older adults may experience lower caloric intake by drinking water prior to meals in an effort to reduce appetite. The reduced caloric intake may lead to weight loss. Studies of younger individuals have not yielded the same results in reduction of calorie intake.
- Drinking More Water is Linked to Reduced Calorie Intake and a Lower Risk of Weight Gain. Consuming more water throughout the day may result in decreased calorie intake and reduce the risk of long-term weight gain and obesity, especially in children.
How much water should you drink? According to studies, 1–2 liters of water per day is enough to contribute to weight loss, especially when consumed prior to meals, Healthline reported. So drink up! Water is 100 percent calorie free, and sugar free as well.