A new study by researchers from the University of Illinois, USA, found that increasing your water consumption by even 1% can cause you to eat less saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol, and bring down your calorie intake. Drinking 7 glasses of water a day can help you cut out 200 calories from your diet!
“The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race, ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status,” said Dr. Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community heath professor at the university.
The study involved over 18,300 participants. This is what the researchers found:
• One extra glass of water each day was tied to eating 68 fewer calories.
• Three extra cups of water each day was tied to eating 205 fewer calories.
• 205 fewer calories each day could lead to weight loss of around half a pound per week.
• Sodium intake decreased by 78 to 235 milligrams depending on how much water the participants drank.
• Sugar intake decreased by five to 18 grams.
• Cholesterol intake decreased by about 7 to 21 milligrams daily.
Does water really help with weight loss?
Water isn’t a magic bullet for weight loss, as much as we wish it were. What it mainly does is fill you up, so that you eat less at mealtimes. It also keeps your system moving efficiently, and flushes out toxins from your body.
Researchers also recommend that you drink water when you’re hungry because studies have found that the body mistakes hunger for thirst. So by quenching your thirst, you can avoid eating a whole bunch of extra calories that you didn’t really want in the first place.
There is another school of scientists who believe that water doesn’t help with weight loss. They think that water can help burn a few more calories overall, but not much. They also believe that it’s not necessary to stick only to water – any other fluid will do.