Do you believe drinking water will help you lose weight? If you’re nodding furiously right now, you may want to stop…
There are so many different notions regarding the amount of water we should be drinking each day (is it 7 glasses, 2 litres, different for men and women?!). Then there’s the myth that drinking cold water will help you slim down. Well, Dr Beth Kitchin – a nutrition expert at the University of Alabama – told the Daily Mail that water is not actually the magical weight loss tool that many people think it to be. She also revealed it was a myth that drinking cold water aids slimming – as its ability to increase calorie burning isn’t sufficient enough to contribute to weight loss.
Her bold statement slightly contradicts previous research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, though, which found drinking two cups of water 20-30 minutes before a meal can help people lose weight by reducing hunger so they then consume fewer calories.
Now, I don’t know what you believe, but I sit somewhere in the middle. I never believed water was the secret to a slim body, but I do know you’re more likely to eat food if you’re thirsty, which is why it’s wise to always have a glass of water whenever hunger pangs hit. I also know consuming water before eating does prevent me from over-eating, which certainly helps when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.
Water also plays a vital role in the overall health and wellbeing of your internal organs and your skin, so you’ll never find me drinking less than the recommended two litres of this liquid goodness each and every single day.
Do you believe drinking water aids weight loss? Or do you think it’s a myth? Do you drink water in an attempt to help prevent over-eating?