Losing weight and having a healthier lifestyle are usually top picks for New Year’s Resolutions. Drinking more water can help.
People who drink enough water accelerate their metabolism and help prevent overeating. A scientific study found that people who drank 17 ounces of cold water saw up to a 30 percent increase in their metabolic rate for nearly an hour and a half.
Our bodies expend more energy digesting cold foods and beverages. Drinking water helps people maintain a healthy weight because thirst is often mistaken for hunger. One study found that drinking one glass of water before bed squelched the midnight hunger pangs of 100 percent of its participants.
The National Institutes of Health recommends drinking a glass of water before eating as a “healthy eating habit”.
Scientists at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society were told that people who drank two 250ml glasses of water before each main meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal. It’s a fairly simple science, according to study author Brenda M Davy, PhD, RD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The “water diet” is most likely effective because it fills the stomach up with a zero-calorie substance. “We found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about five pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake,” she said. “People should drink more water and less sugary, high-calorie drinks.”