Water has been touted as the magical solution to a lot of problems. In the case of weight loss, many suggest that drinking a lot of water will actually help you slim down and get rid of excessive body flab. But how true is it? Does drinking water in substantial amounts really help you lose weight? Let us find out.
In July 2016, CNN published a report about the connection between staying hydrated and maintaining healthy weight wherein it quoted Dr Tammy Chang of the University of Michigan Medical School saying, “…staying hydrated is good for you no matter what, our study suggests it may also be linked to maintaining a healthy weight…”. Dr Chang also said that his findings suggest that hydration may deserve more attention when it comes to addressing obesity in the present generation. So yes, there is a definite link between the two. But what is the right way to get maximum benefit out of it?
The concept of thermoregulation and metabolism
In a study it was found that drinking 500 mL of cold water boasts metabolism by up to 30%. The water needs to be 3°C or colder. This helps in energy expenditure and works up to an hour during which the body metabolism increases thereby aiding weight loss. What happens is when you drink cold water, the body loses some heat in order to warm the water. In order to reason with the lost it, your body will burn fat, which is what you want. So in order to get the maximum benefit, you want to get water that is not warm and summer in the proximity of 3°C, which is colder than room temperature in most cases.
The best time to drink water for fat loss
You can drink water any time you want. We have a different article that talks about signs of dehydration and how to prevent dehydration by drinking water frequently. But in order to get the ‘fat loss’ advantage of drinking water, the best time is just before you have your meals. It is has been found that people filling up their stomach with water before meals could effectively reduce the amount of food they intake. A study carried out in the University of Birmingham, UK, 84 obese adults were asked to drink 500 mL of water before their meals. By the end of the 12th week, it was found that the study group lost an average of 9.48 pounds weight.
So, we can safely conclude that drinking water helps in losing body weight. But the trick is doing it in the right way and doing it consistently until you see results. Let us know if you have experimented with this and what your personal findings are.