Water Myths And Weight Loss

shutterstock_177814148People motivated to lose weight will try anything to achieve that goal. There are right ways and wrong ways of trying to lose weight. Some may even be following a long regarded weight loss advice that turns out to be a myth. One of them involves water and weight loss.

Some people believe that drinking lots of water can have an effect on weight loss. Drinking lots of water is said to help people lose weight. However, according to a nutrition expert, drinking lots of water does not offer anything to significantly cause one to lose weight.

According to Beth Kitchin, Ph.D, R.D. an assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, “There is very little evidence that drinking water promotes weight loss; it is one of those self-perpetuating myths. I’m not saying drinking water isn’t good; but only one study showed people who drank more water burned a few extra calories, and it was only a couple of extra calories a day.”

Another supposed myth is that you need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Kitchin added, “Yes, people do need to get fluids; but it does not have to be water. There’s no evidence that it melts away fat or makes you feel fuller, so if you don’t like water it’s OK.”

Fluid replacement is not just limited to water, although it is considered as the best hydrator around. You can also drink other fluids such as green tea, mineral water and juice or a low calorie beverage if you are not fond of drinking water alone. They can also help hydrate your body just as well. Some might not count caffeinated drinks like coffee for fluid replacement, but it can also hydrate.

Another water myth that is popular is about the drinking water temperature and how it will help in your weight loss. Some say that drinking ice-cold water can help burn calories. But Kitchin adds, “While there may be a few extra calories lost, it won’t be nearly enough to make a dent in your weight-loss endeavors.”

Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Debunking water myths: Weight loss, calorie burn and more.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 March 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312132315.htm>.


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