March 26, 2006

Drinking Water to Lose Weight

What if someone told you you could lose weight with no effort on your part? What if there was a secret to losing weight that didn't involve increased exercise or decreased calorie consumption? And what if this method was free and easily available to you? Would you jump at the chance to do it?

The secret to some fast weight loss without exercise or diet changes is to drink more water!

Here's where I know there must be some kind of self-sabotage involved in my battle to lose the last ten pounds. I know I should be drinking more water, and it is the easiest thing in the world to do. It doesn't involve willpower, it doesn't involve dragging myself out to exercise, and it doesn't involve cutting back on calories. So why aren't I doing it?

It's not just me. Most North Americans are dehydrated. In fact, chronic dehydration is probably the most common cause of a lot of our health ailments. There are two main reasons so many people are dehydrated these days. We eat less vegetables and fruits (which are water-dense) and more processed foods than we should. And we drink lots of caffeinated beverages instead of water. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol are diuretics. They force more water out of our bodies.
If a person is dehydrated their body compensates by retaining excess water as a protective measure. This alone is responsible for some excess weight. As well, a dehydrated person's metabolism is significantly lower than a normally hydrated person.

Dehydration is responsible for many people's feelings of fatigue. Many people have lost their sense of thirst and mistake it for hunger. Drinking a glass of water will usually greatly reduce any false hunger pangs.

So the solution to losing at least a few extra pounds sounds easy. Start with two glasses of room temperature water first thing in the morning. That's before you drink coffee or eat your breakfast. Try to drink some water regularly during the day. And eat more water dense foods such as vegetables, fruits and even legumes.

I'll get right on it. And I'd be keen to hear any feedback from people who've recently tried this for losing weight.

(See more about breaking the soft drink habit here).

192 comments:

neonhomer said...

Is there any significance to drinking the water at room temperature as suggested? I've always had problems drinking water unless it's cold.

Anonymous said...

Neonhomer: I believe water at room temperature is more easily absorbed by the body, ie your body will get more out the water if it is at room temperature than if it is cooler.

William Dutton said...

i know the feeling, drinking water really helps, and i think i know why neonhomer can't drink warm water, its because he dislikes the Cl in the water and leaving it sit a way even cold lets the Cl escape from the water and makes its take better.

best way to drink lots of water is to make the water taste better, aka water purification system.

Rick B said...

This is true. I started drinking 16 oz of water upon getting up in the morning and an additional 32 to 40 oz while at the gym and another 30 to 40 during the rest of the day... I have lost 10 lbs so far and I feel great. I drank some diet coke yesterday and man, I felt horrible, got bloated and on a matter of hours I had accumulated an extra 5 lbs.. the good thing is, as soon as I started drinking water today, those lbs were gone.

Best of luck!

Rick B.

Rick B. said...

P.S. Water temperature has to do with metabolism. If you drink cold water, your body has to heat it in order to use it, so cold water increases your metabolism because you have use energy (calories) to heat it up. Room temp water helps, but cold (although, not too cold) is better.

Anonymous said...

There is no beneficial effects to drinking room temperature water as opposed to cold water. Either way, your body will take energy to heat the water to your body temperature (37 degrees celcius).

Drinking cold water will actually cause you to burn slightly more calories than room temperature water... so drinking cold water is technically better for weight loss than room temperature water.

On a side note, that is also why you shouldn't eat snow if you are lost out in the cold. Your body will waste valuable energy to heat the snow to body temperature, thus increasing the chance that you will develop hypothermia.

Anonymous said...

This does work, I lost 20 pounds in six months and the only thing I did different was stop drinking soda and start drinking water...I'v also read that cold water is better than room temperature because you burn more calories raising the water to body temperature.

Kiltak said...

Drinking too much water isn't good eighter I heard.. something related to the kidneys..

Kiltak
[Geeks Are Sexy] Tech. News

Anonymous said...

The amount of calories that you burn heating cold water to your body temperature is negligible. The important thing is that you consume an adequate amount of water, so drink it the way you prefer so it goes down more easily.

Anonymous said...

i lost about 15 lbs in about 5 weeks drinking lots of water everyday. i probably over did it, but it curbed my hunger pangs and made me feel generally better.

Anonymous said...

I used to drink a ton of water, but when I do I actually look more bloated in the stomach area and I hear water swishing around inside of me. Who wants to be bloated?

Anonymous said...

You can easily figure out the amount of calories it takes to heat cold water, since the definition of a (dietary) calorie is the amount of energy needed to heat a kilogram of water 1 degree celsius. A cup of water is about 1/4 of a kg, so you'll burn one extra calorie for every four degrees the water has been cooled.

jon said...

cooler water has been proven to be better as it increases your drive to drink. (lit review) cooler water has negligeable effects on burning kcals.

Ben Peterson Personal Training said...

OMG.To those people who say that they have lost weight now that they started drinking water instead of soda, or now they are drinking water and going to the gym...do you think it could be something to do with the fact that you are creating a caloried deficit by not drinking soda, &/or by working out and taking care of yourself.....purleeeze. Hey, if you lose weight by drinking water it is becuase you are putting something in your mouth that has no calories, instead of what you normally do which is tuff it with donuts and soda.

Anonymous said...

And dont eat yellow snow... ;)

Anonymous said...

If you drink a gallon of 40 degrees F water, your body will have to burn approximately 63 kilocalories (commonly referred to as "calories") more than if the same amount of water was 70 degrees F.

That is slightly more than the calories in a single oreo cookie (55 kilocalories).

Anonymous said...

I lost 85 pounds by just increasing my intake of water. I went up to drinking between 1-2 gallons of water per day for over a year, and watched the pounds drop off.

Every time I bumped into people that I hadn't seen in a while wondered what I had done to lose the weight. atkins? stomache surgery? radically new exercise regimen? and no one would believe me when I told them that I did nothing other than deliberately drink more water each day. I dropped the Ice Tea, Coke, etc (and man what a crash from my caffeine addiction, but that went away after a few weeks, and now a single mountain dew is good for hours of emergency fuel)

My wife kept saying that there was no way I was losing the weight just by drinking more water, but she was at the meals and I was not skimping on food, I was just making sure to drink drink drink.

The most gratifying time was when after having lost the weight and kept it off for more than 6 months, my body finally decided it was time to reapportion itself. In 8 weeks, I lost 6 inches from around my waist, with no loss of weight (I had already lost 85 pounds, just no more weight loss during those 8 weeks)

Water works, but it is not a quick fix, keep at it and you will see miraculous results.

Anonymous said...

Drinking cold water will help you loose more weight because the body has to heat it up while absorbing it.

Anonymous said...

Drinking excess water will cleanse your body not only from the bad things in your body but also from the goods things like minerals and vitamins.

Elver said...

This is complete bullshit. I drank some 4-5 litres of water every day for several months. Didn't do jack shit.

Anonymous said...

According to Alice (and many other resources I've read) drinking iced water will burn more calories. Here's a great explanation of why cold is better than room-temp: http://science.howstuffworks.com/question447.htm

Hyponatremia, drinking too much water, is a series threat. The kidneys of a normal human can process 15 liters per day, so the threat is real but also extreme. Hyponatremia is the biggest threat to endurance athletes--iron man participants, et al.

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

Please don't get a wrong information from this article.

First, let us find out what this articles about exactly..drink water for the purpose of "DEHYDRATION" and to prevent deseases.

For sure, water is needed for every activity in our body. It help our body in every way. But water cannot straight away help someone loose weight. So, please don get it wrong. Consume water even though you are in diet program or not.

About the amount of water, we need to consume at least 4 Liter every day. Thank you for any comment...

Isadora said...

Thanks so much for all the comments. I'd like to clarify and answer a few points:

Why do I say 'room temperature water' instead of ice cold water?

I've done a lot of reading on this and ice cold water is not good for the digestive system. It may be true that your body has to burn a few extra calories to process ice water but it's minimal and not worth the potential damage. Ice cold 'anything' is not good in general to consume.

Drinking more water is not the end all cure for excess weight. At most it will help you a few pounds (maybe a bit more if you are obese). Though it could cause very significant weight loss if it's substituted for a serious pop/soda habit.

Overall, i think it's more of an immediate solution for losing a few extra pounds if you are chronically dehydrated. And apparently most people are!

I also agree that drinking too much water is not good for you. It's hard on the kidneys.

If we ate more water-dense foods and cut back on the salt and caffeinated drinks, we would not need to drink much water to be properly hydrated.

The only long term solution to losing significant weight and keeping it off is to change eating habits and/or exercise.

But this still doesn't discount the importance of adding more glasses of water to your daily routine if you believe you are dehydrated because in this case, at least a few pounds of your excess weight will be due to the bodies compensation for dehydration. And dehydration has a serious impact on your health beyond any discussion of being overweight or obese. As one example, if you are somewhat dehydrated, you are quite likely also constipated and this can lead to depression, lethargy and irritability not to mention the physical problems. See more on dehydration and natural cures for constipation:

http://depressioncures.blogspot.com/2005/08/constipation-as-cause-of-depression.html

Anonymous said...

Forgive me latitude to explain why H2O is helpful in the weight loss genre. Water contains (with the exception of Chlorine) no additives, unlike cola, coffee and alchols; therefore, nothing has to be converted into as many as five types of sugar. Therefore your body stores nothing. Also, it acts as a zero cal/negative cal food. Next, your muscles are loaded with water, primarily because you are dehydrated. the human body requires about 64oz. of water every 24 hours. If your not giving it that much it will store it in the fat. Your muscles are full of another painful item (when sore) lactic acid. When this acid is evident your body will store more water. So flush your system with water evey day and prevent the body from it's self protective mode, it will stop storing whe you start drinking.

Anonymous said...

True, by stopping the soda, you can loose 40 pounds a year. Replace soda with water, and you will be 40 pounds less next year.

dstg_ll said...

Snopes got an interesting take on all the water drinking thing. Whaddaya think ?

http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp

Hector said...

It's greatto hear someone preaching the importance of water. Drinking more water really does make you lose weight. I tell people this all the time. It amazes me how people react by saying I hate drinking water. I tell them "so, force your self then!". It's an easy and effective way of losing weight. Keep up your good work.

Anonymous said...

Drinking water will never "make" you lose weight. Ever. It simply can't be associated with any active mechanism that will force the body to burn Calories in a quantity that can be linked to appreciable weight loss.

Water can, however, be a contributory factor, both positive and negative. Sufficient hydration allows all of the body's functions to operate efficiently. Enough said there.

Excess water can flush vital nutrients from the system, cause hypertension, if combined with too much sodium, due to retention of excess fluid, and forces the digestive system to work harder than it otherwise would. If consuming tap water with mineral additives, or that has simply not been thoroughly treated, too much water can lead to excess minerals to some degree.

Insufficient fluid intake, on the other hand, leads to dehydration of varying degrees. Mineral build-ups can cause any number of symptoms in the body. Headaches, fatigue and foul moods are the most common, as well as a reduction in cognitive ability. Water also functions as a lubricant for the body. Too little, and the organs can shrink in volume, the blood thickens, blood pressure fluctuates wildly as you stand/sit/lay, dizziness can occur and even nausea and vomiting if the dehydration is profound enough.

Weight is 100% about Calories. Nothing else (read: fat content has little to do with actual weight and more to do with other health concerns). Too many and you'll gain. Less than what you burn in a day and you will lose weight. That said, water will not directly lead to gain or loss because it neither provides, nor deprives the body of Calories. Go ahead and eat a fat free diet that has you consuming 4,000 Calories and see what happens.

Increased water consumption can help you feel better in general, which is often the largest factor in *wanting* to eat properly and/or exercise. A person that doesn't feel well enough to care certainly won't be concentrating on weight loss. Even if you don't get out and exercise, if drinking an additional 2-4 pints a day helps you feel better enough to even go out and do a spot of yardwork or house cleaning, you'll be burning extra Calories. Common sense stuff.

No magic and it doesn't cost you $153 a bottle! You could live on McDonald's cheeseburgers and easily be able to lose weight. It's all about how many you eat and how many Calories you burn. All that fat may be bad for your heart, but that's another subject entirely.

I also see several comments here about people that drank a bunch of water and it didn't help them, so they stopped. Just because you don't see a benefit doesn't mean it's not there. Ignorance is not a cure for anything but hiccups.

DocD

Anonymous said...

Actually I heard that cold water is better to drink because it forces your body to create heat and that burns calories and gives your metabolism a jump start in the morning.

Anonymous said...

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If you don't believe me go to amazon.com and read the customer reviews about the the book! Good luck.

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Anonymous said...

Room temperature vs cold. Both are better, both are worse. I'll explain. room temperature is better for you, your body is at about 98 degrees give or take. If you are taking in cold water, it's a real shock to your body. Kinda like when you jump into a really cold pool, if you ease into the cold pool it's better than just outright jumping in. Also your digestive system likes foods that are room temperature over cold ones. Better digestion means your body is burning calories more efficently. Cold water is better because your body has to burn a few extra calories to raise the temperature, but really the calories aren't that much and your body is spending those calories to raise the temperature of water rather than burning that fat storage so who knows!

Drinking water is very good for weight loss. I know there are quite a few people who feel that drinking more water simply won't cause you to lose weight. And that you are depleting yourself of vital nutrients by drinking too much water. And that you can die if you drink too much.

True, if you are eating right, excercision right and are hydrated properly, you won't lose weight by increasing your water intake. You also can't just simply increase water intake, eat tons of foods that are bad for you, not excercise enough and lose weight either.

However if you are not properly hydrated and you eat better and excercise a great deal, there is a strong chance you will not lose the weight you should be if you lose any at all. Bottom line is burning fat storage for energy to get you thru that workout requires water. If you don't have enough water to properly break down fat for energy your body will not burn fat for energy. One source for energy can be the food you take in. That doesn't have to be converted, it's just there so you will use that, you also could burn thru muscle that you spent weeks building up. If that fails, your body will simply adjust it's metabolic rate and slow all other processes down to make up for it's need to get thru that last mile on the treadmill.

Yes, drinking enough water eventually will cause you to flush out various things. You are flushing out the bad stuff, and the good. Also drinking soda will flush out the bad and the good. If you are concerned that you are drinking too much water and eliminating your body of some of the vitamins and minerals it needs, keep drinking more water, but also make sure you are taking in what you might be losing along the way. Get in a multivitamin, drink some powdered greens, some waters are even vitamin fortified if you really want. Tap water is one way to get back those minerals you are depleting but be careful. Drinking too much unfiltered tap water can cause kidney stones.

And lastly the concern is that you could drink too much water. How much is too much? Your body can process about 15L daily. Drinking about 5c per hour maximum should be fine. The cases I have read about where they waterlogged themselves and over hydrated were exteme cases, where they consumed 10-20 quarts (40 - 80 cups) within a few hours. If you are worried about drinking too much just keep your intake to about 6-8L daily and drink that consistently throughout the day and you should be fine. Cases where people have died from drinking too much water is where they were intentionally drinking a LOT of water and did so in a very short time span. If you take in your water slowly rather than all at once, your body can at least give you warning signs that you are doing something wrong.

I am losing weight by increasing my water intake. Part of my success is coming from better eating habits, part of it from increased and more intense excercise, part of it comes from simply not drinking sugar/caffienated soda, but mostly I would say the intake of water. I'm losing about 5lb weekly. My trick is to drink 2cups of water at a time. I eat 6 meals per day, I call them snacks because they aren't very big, for example 1/2 grapefruit is a meal/snack for me. I lean more towards a vegetarian meal, but I still get in my protein, usually from legumes. I also excercise about 30 minutes a day, plus I walk briskly on my breaks, and 30 minutes at lunch. But as you can see that really doesn't bring me to 5lb weight loss weekly. I contribute the 5lb to my water intake. I used to drink no water, and have about 1-2 cans of regular soda daily. I didn't eat great, but I never ate over 1500 calories daily. I also maintained my weight for many years, it was just higher than I really want.

As I said my trick that works for me is water intake. I get in abut 2c before I leave for work. I get 2c in when I get to work. From there I have 2c between every meal, and 2c when I return from the restroom. That's it, and the pounds are coming off pretty well.

I don't like the taste of the water I drink. I'll be honest. I decided to just go for it one day. And it's working for me. My secret for making it tolerable is to have a chaser. I have about 2c of something tolerable that I sip on after each 2c of water. It doesn't have to be high in calories, just anything you do like the taste of. Treat it like a reward. After you get in 2c of the nasty water you get a few sips of something you do like. Tea is great, and nowadays you can find all sorts of varieties.

Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

I had a 4-5 cans of mountain dew habit. Yesterday was my first day of strictly water. Today I feel better and less bloated. I hope doing this will help me lose this extra 10 lbs I've gained since being in my 30s. I think the excess in the mountain dew is what did it. I'm not considered overweight,I'm just not comfortable.

Anonymous said...

Last night, I drank about a gallon of liquids...and I went from 138 to 131. In one night. lol. So I'm gonna keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if anyone can tell me whether drinking carbonated water will have a different effect from drinking still water with my diet? I have a problem drinking still and much prefer carbonated. I add nothing to it.

Anonymous said...

ok I have HUGE problem, I've been wanting to lose at least 15lbs. and I've been trying to consume a low amount of calories. It's not working, so I wanted to know how many calories do I need to consume to lose a pound a week or so? Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I've been drinking diet colas for nearly 10 years... I never drink sugared drinks... still I've put on a lot of weight.

I've always known that water is good for you and that it should be drinken a lot. However, I just can't bring myself to drink water. Even if I'm thirsty as heck, I'll chose not to drink anything at all.

Very bad, I know.

I also have a know-it-all father who's a doctor... very old school (pre-60's graduate) and he scoffs at all this "new style" thinking regarding water. He doesn't drink anything himself the whole day and lives solely off the water that's in his food.

He says excess water consumption is not only bad for the kidneys, but also will dilute your stomach acids making them less efficient at breaking down your food.

I have no idea what to make of his theories. They seem very outdated.

What can I do to get back on the water-drinking wagon. I've fallen of this wagon so many times and can't seem to stay on it.

Anonymous said...

Driking your own urine or elephant's also helps you lose weight! Check out the CNN website! Yikes!

Anonymous said...

Hello, i wanted to know if drinking carbonnated water is better then drinking regualr water as it is known to "clean" the system.

Anonymous said...

i hate drinking water,but since i neglet myself of it i feel tired and my face breaks out alot.i think i am going to begin drinking at least 4 cups per day,iced cold only.i dont know about that room temp. stuff!

Anonymous said...

I've been drinking nothing but tons of water for the last two years... with the occasional exception of a martini. I've lost 150 pounds so far and honestly I've never felt better or cleaner. The worst part is getting away from caffine, but its really not that bad. I remember the first 3 or 4 days I had the worst headaches from the lack of soda. But once those days are over, I never wanted to drink them again. You'll feel soo much better just from getting it out of your system. Good luck to all and dont give up!

Anonymous said...

Drinking water is certainly an excellent way to quickly lose weight. In fact, in the beginning you will lose a few pounds overnight. Especially if you drink a gallon a day. I always forget to do this, but when I remember that it really does work I always try again and it works.

Anonymous said...

just try drinking 1 gallon of water a day for 5 weeks and i promise you will loose about 5 pounds a week! try it and you'll feel great and i understand that you'll have to run down to the bathroom every like 2 minutes but its worth it, you wont loose anything if u try it so why not start now

Anonymous said...

I think drinking water at room temperature first thing in the morning is to ease your body into the day. I know I get stomach cramps if I try to drink cold water first thing (even tho I like it cold the rest of the day). Drinking lots of water has helped me curb cravings, and bonus: I get far fewer headaches too.

Hope this helps

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Nefesh Vaguf said...

I've started to drink 3 liters of water per day. I don't think I could do 2 gallons, like some here suggest - that's too much.

But I don't drink plain water. I have a 1.5 liter bottle sitting on my desk at work. I fill it up every morning with cold water (and again at midday) and drop in an herbal tea bag (no caffeine). I sometimes have mint tea, sometimes, lemon, sometimes cinnamon. sice the water's not hot and it's only one tea bag per bottle, it gives it only a light flavor. But it's enough - it tastes great - it's nutritionally the same as water (DON'T add sugar or sweetner!), and is much more palatable than plain water.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this! ever since i started drinking a gallon of water a day,i have been able to be more efficient with my sleep. i used to get 8 hours of sleep in a night and not be able to get up in the morning, but now i can get 7 hours of sleep and get up instantly in the morning!

Anonymous said...

Ill have to drink water

isadora said...

I'm a little disturbed about the comments here to drink gallons of water. This is not a good idea and may in fact be very dangerous medically. Usually, you hear advice about drinking 8 glasses a day. I would think this would be the top unless you are a very vigorous exerciser. There is no other reason to drink more than this.

But these days so many people eat excess sodium, I can see why the thirst would be enough to make you want to drink more liquids than the recommended amount.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if anyone had said it yet, but I've read on many sources that drinking cold water forces your body to work to warm the water up in your stomach. So, you end up burning calories while cooling water off inside yourself (about 430 calories per week).

JennyUK said...

All the time you're drinking water you're not eating cake. It's as simple as that.

Jackie said...

Is it ok to add slices of lemon to the water to make it taste nicer? Thanks.

JennyUK said...

Well of course, but why would you want to? Just drink a few glasses of cool, refreshing water a day without making a song and dance about it. Each time you pass the water cooler or fridge, drink a little and soon it will become a life-long healthy habit. No slicing, no disguising, no medals. It's only water.

TheS0urce said...

Drinking water does help you lose weight but you should do other few things. You should try to eat smaller meals more often that will help the metabolism going even more. You do not need to do heavy exercise, you can do deep breathing exercises to help flush toxins. Whenever you have a chance breath in deep slowly for 5 count, hold for 5 then slowly breath out for 5. Slowly work to 10 to 20 seconds. Last of all eat more vegetables and only one or two fruits.

Oh if you are worried about losing minerals from drinking too much water you can consume some unrefined sea salt. Room tempature or warm water is best, drinking cold water is bad for you since it disrupts digestion.


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Anonymous said...

I think, and I could be wrong, that it's BEST to drink it as cold as possible. That way, your metabolism has to kick in to heat the water to a "usable" temperature by your body. This is the same principle as to why the authorities tell people lost in the snow NOT to eat snow for fluid, to melt the snow first if possible, so they do not lose valuable stored fat as calories (which is a unit measurement of HEAT) to raise the temperature of the water.
Rhonda McBride, Arizona

Anonymous said...

My 15 yr old son lost 55 lbs in about 4 months just by increasing his water intake. He would eat a sensible lunch at school (never was a soda or candy person, so that was never even an issue), and would sit around with a half gallon jug of cold water during the evenings after eating dinner. He did NOT increase his physical activities (hes pretty much a geek, not into the sports thing). So yes, it CAN be done! Its a matter of discipline I think (something which I myself seem to be in severe shortage of! LOL) But I started doing the same a few days ago. The trips to the bathroom initially are a bit irritating, but I DO feel better already. Also, the increase in water keeps your joints sufficiently lubricated, making you more flexible and agile, so being more physically active IS possible

Anonymous said...

i used to drink a 2 liter bottle of soda a day then i realized how much wieght i had gained by doing that. i quit drinking that all together and now drink nothing but water and i have last 35 pounds in 6 months. water does really help you lose weight.

water purifyer said...

I used to drink 8litres coke a day. Then I realised ( der! ) that if i valued water as much as the coke, then I would be valuing me more.

BUT, my inquisitive mind knew that water wasn't just water. Sure drinking water is great but we treat it like its all the same. If its clear and liquid - it serves us. Wrong.

If we placed as much attention on the quality of water as we do on our food then maybe we'd feel alot better.

When you research water you discover that its ability to heal and energise is in direct proportion to its own level of health. Sorry, but tap and bottled water don't cut it.

Energizing your water will change that. How you do that is up to you. I use a vortex energizer because i believe in the ether ( prans, chi etc). It transforms the water to the similar energy of the ether. Weird? Maybe for most but once looked into not.

So , in terms of weight loss, why not add energy gain and health optimization by ramping up the focus on quality of water?

Anonymous said...

Energising your water? Give me a break! I'm outta here....

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chatzy! said...

The results about drinking lots of water are apsolutly astonishing...

over the past week or so ive began drinking alot of water, like 2-3 litres a day..
then i noticed a rapid change to my body and appearance..
ive not got a bad diet in general and never drink soda,..
but recently my stomach has just seemed to look alot more toned, and those extra acess fat bits have just vanished...

at first i didnt know what was causing me to lose the weight, then i considered that possibly it could have been the increaded water intake..
so i decided to reasearch into it and it proves that drinking more water really does shift those extra pounds, and i feel fantastic so healthy inside too...

but seriously though the results are amazing, i have a water bottle that i take everywhere with me and fill it up constantly throughout the day..

but to u people out there that say it cant be possible..your obviously wrong because ive got utter proof it works..
good luck! xx

Anonymous said...

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W.A.M said...

Drinking Water is so useful for every part in our body in additional to the Weight loss. My personal doctor asked me to drink daily not less than 6 liters especially in the summar, so my body cells can work much better. Really Water still has secrets are not discovered yet cuurently.

Anonymous said...

You recommend drinking 6 litres of water a day?! That's over 12 pints, around a gallon and a half of water sloshing around in your stomach, stretching it so that it needs constant filling. Where do you get the time to drink all that water and how do you get the time to be constantly leaving your work station to go to the loo? You must have a very understanding boss! And I don't know about anyone else, but I like to sleep at night.

Anonymous said...

My friend has lost about 80 pounds in about 9 months. Supposedly he did it just increasing his water intake to about 2 gallons a day. I know he hasn't had surgery, I know that he is not exercising, and I know that hi diet has not changed much at all...

He may be on some kind of diet pill, but when he comes to visit I have gone through his stuff trying to find out (i was worried about him) and I couldn't find anything.

So anyway, I'm going to try this crazy water thing and see what happens... I'll report back here...

Anonymous said...

my boyfriend has for the last year been working out and drinking shed loads of water (2litres per day)

I on the other hand struggled to drink two glasses a day! and have been struggling to lose weight whilst he is dropping his weight! we have just come back from holiday and it was so hot we were drinking rediculous amounts of water - i have continued to drink 1.5l per day and am amazed that in the last week i have dropped from 10st 7 to 10st 1 and no i have not starved myself even had a few cakes my friends have all commented on my weight loss!! so im keeing this up got another 1.5st to lose!

Anonymous said...

Drinking atleast 8-10 glassses a day also makes a big difference in your skin. It makes it soft and supple! Much better than dry and flaky ;)

Anonymous said...

Today I am starting to drink 1 gallon of water every day. Without changing my eating habits but still excercising regularly. which is a simple 4 to 5 mile walk through a trail. I HATE exercising but I love nature and I found a trail to walk my dogs that is peaceful and beautiful. I literally walked up to 2 deer yesterday. Its relaxing when you don't think of it as "working out". The water thing, its HARD. 8 bottles a day.

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Your body needs lots of water. When you don't consume at least 8 glasses of water in a day your body will not burn enough calories. All of your tissues need enough water to function at their very best. Without water your blood flow slows and nutrients and energy cannot travel to your muscles as quickly as they should. Therefore your endurance wanes and you will not exercise for as long as you would have if you had gotten enough water.

Anonymous said...

wow, you guys make such a big deal about warm or cold water and you lose weight because it increases your metabolism etc, yeah that's true but i haven't seen one person mention that IT HAS ZERO CALORIES im pretty sure if you're over weight you're drinking juice or soda only which is a TON of calories. That's why you're losing weight because you're dropping tons of calories from going from something that is 1000 calories a day to ZERO, 1000 calories out of your day, that's 7000 calories a day which is 2 pounds

Anonymous said...

Actually drinking cold water will burn more calories than drinkiing warm water. This is because your body must use energy to heat the water from cold to your bodies internal body temperature of 98.6 degrees F.

Anonymous said...

....and please since you all are drinking lots of water buy reusable water containers. I use a Klean Kanteen and I love it. I take it everywhere and fill it on the go...

..and YES drinking water does help you loose weight!!!! I dropped 10 lbs and counting by just drinking water and nothing else different. I can also tell a difference in my body since I'm already close to my goal weight of 125:)Ive also heard that your supposed to take your weight divided by two and thats how many ounces your supposed to drink a day:) cheers!!!

K Mummert said...

i awoke from a dead sleep last saturday night with extreme back pain. long story short, i had a kidney stone. i'm a 28 yr old female and in relatively good shape (albeit a little overweight). needless to say, the whole experience scared the @#$% out of me. i've been drinking water all day for this past week and have noticed a marked difference in my energy level, weight, and skin while feeling remarkably cleansed. i don't know the science behind water consumption, but the proof is in the results. i believe water is the answer to keeping this from happening to me again.

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Does Water Make You Lose Weight ? That is an awesome question and I have a lot of personal experience with this. And I'm going to give you all the info I have on it. So if you have a few minutes I will let you know what I think and lead you to a Diet that complements this. Yes I said that nasty word Diet. That's because all the water in the world can't do all the work. You will still need to eat right and learn to keep the weight off after you loss it !!

Brandon said...

This is not a safe way to do it, but what i did is i chugged 2 quarts of water, about 5 times a day. I lost over 45 lbs. in about 1.5 months. before you do anything crazy like that though, take into account of your body weight...and how tall you are. If you have any questions feel free to email me, brandond777@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Its funny reading all of this. I think most people forgot the key thing about weight loss. Every body is different. I drink about 4 to 5 cans of pop a day. Im in great shape im about 6 1 210lbs. I dont run work out or anything. My job requires me to sit at a desk and drink drink drink pop all day long. If its sugar water or tap. Its all about how the body takes it.

Andrew said...

in response to whether drinking cold water will speed up your metabolism (burn calories) I used a little physics....assuming you drink eight 8 oz. glasses of 40 degree F water (fridge temp)...


64 fluid oz = 1.89 kg = 1890 g of water

specific heat of water (energy required to heat up water) = 1 calorie/gram/degree Celcius

40 deg F (fridge temp) = 4.44 deg C
98.6 deg F (body temp) = 37 deg C
Difference = 32.56 deg C

1 cal/g/C x 1890 g x 32.56 C = 61538.4 calories (these are normal calories, the unit we measure in food, etc. are kilocalories or 1000x bigger)

61538.4 cal / 1000 Kcal/cal = 61.5 Kcal

so by drinking cold water you burn about 61.5 calories a day...if that means anything is up to the individual...

Anonymous said...

if you drink a large amount of cold water you will cramp. Drink 2 gallons of water a day and you will lose weight. this is flushing your system eat normal, if possible cut down the amount of sodium intake.

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Anonymous said...

I have started to drink more water everyday for a week now. First 2-3 days I had to remind myself to drink water. Now I naturally reach out for water.
Its too early to comment on weight loss, but there is one thing I noticed for sure. I resumed my morning jog today and my muscles didnt get cramped and painful at all. I feel good. :)

Anonymous said...

Does drinking ice water burn calories?

For anyone trying to lose weight, this question is an exciting one! If you simply want to know if your body burns calories warming up the water, the answer is yes. But if you want to know if drinking a lot of ice water can help you lose weight, or keep weight off, this "yes" needs to be qualified with some calculations.

Ice water won't replace a healthy diet, but it will burn a few extra Calories.

First of all, calories are case-sensitive. There are calories and then there are Calories. Calories with a big "c" are the ones used to describe the amount of energy contained in foods. A calorie with a little "c" is defined as the amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.

What most people think of as a Calorie is actually a kilo-calorie: It takes one Calorie to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree Celsius. So when you drink a 140-Calorie can of cola, you are ingesting 140,000 calories. There is no cause for alarm, because the conversion applies across the board. When you burn 100 Calories jogging a mile, you are burning 100,000 calories.

So, considering that the definition of a calorie is based on raising the temperature of water, it is safe to say that your body burns calories when it has to raise the temperature of ice water to your body temperature. And unless your urine is coming out ice cold, your body must be raising the temperature of the water. So calories are being burned.

Let's figure out exactly what you're burning when you drink a 16-ounce (0.5 liter) glass of ice water:

The temperature of ice water can be estimated at zero degrees Celsius.
Body temperature can be estimated at 37 degrees Celsius.
It takes 1 calorie to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.
There are 473.18 grams in 16 fluid ounces of water.
So in the case of a 16-ounce glass of ice water, your body must raise the temperature of 473.18 grams of water from zero to 37 degrees C. In doing so, your body burns 17,508 calories. But that's calories with a little "c." Your body only burns 17.5 Calories, and in the grand scheme of a 2,000-Calorie diet, that 17.5 isn't very significant.

But let's say you adhere to the "eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day" nutritional recommendation. In 64 ounces of water, there are 1,892.72 grams. So to warm up all that water in the course of a day, your body burns 70,030 calories, or 70 Calories. And over time, that 70 Calories a day adds up. So, while you definitely shouldn't depend on ice water consumption to replace exercise or a healthy diet, drinking cold water instead of warm water does, in fact, burn some extra Calories!

Anonymous said...

Most diets tell you that you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. I just drunk two and plan to drink at least 2 gallons a day to lose weight.

Anonymous said...

The Japanesse people drink 2 cups of water first thing in the morning. Then 45 min. later they eat their breadfast. If you want to drink something in every meal they recommend hot tea or water at room temperature. This will help with the digestic process. However, in the mean time drink a lot of cold water. It will help you loose weight too. So, I recommend to do both.

Sarah said...

Water truly lose weight and it help us to be fit some people now a days drink supplement water as their supplement to stay healthy, by the way thank you for this informative blog.

Anonymous said...

I have never been a water drinker, growing up in the south it was always sweet tea.

I have always had problems with constipation and it was from not drinking water. My eldest sister had the same problem and ended up having a part of her colon removed because of it.

I started drinking water after my sister had surgery to try to avoid the same thing from happening to me.

I ended up with no more constipation and dropped 72 pounds in the process.

Drink 50% in ounces of what you weigh and you will feel better and look better

Greg said...

I started drinking water all day at work and was not hungry by lunch time but still eat something because of habit, but smaller than usual. At the end of the day I was still drinking water and not really hungry, so some days I would eat dinner but smaller portions. I still do this because when I started in March 2009 I was at 280 and now in April 2009 I’m at 260. Goal is 220 I’ll let you know when I get there!! Oh and no excise or healthy foods!

Mike said...

Drinking extra water has really helped me in my quest to lose belly fat. I am fairly active so I try and drink a gallon a day.

Since I drink more now I notice a lot less water retention as well.

Anonymous said...

Isn't a gallon of water alot?... how many 250ml glasses would that be about?

Anonymous said...

It is true that not just drinking water will cause weight loss, but drinking enough water up to 8 glasses a day to flush toxins and be less dehydrated. I lost 8 lbs in 2 weeks not to lose weight but to start thinking about my health and realize that I was losing weight so it does work. Everyone may not be affected as fast dependent upon their body and intake. Some may have to intake more due to being dehydrated.

Carol said...

Too true I must - I usually battle to drink enough water. I stumbled across this article about drinking sodas (http://optimalbodyweight.com/blog/weight-loss-tips/stop-drinking-sugar-sweetened-drinks-and-start-losing-weight), which explains very nicely why I battle to lose weight. So I am determined to fix my bad habits now. Nice article.

Shelbi said...

Ive lost 20 lbs doing this. It works.

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Drinking water can greatly help the human body and the environment in which we live in. People should drink more water on a daily basis and they would feel the benefits.

Anonymous said...

Singers drink room temperature water before a performance instead of cold water because it's better for your vocal chords... cold water makes them tighten up, just like anything else tightens in the cold. :)

Anyway. That is the benefit of room temp. water, for those who care. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello. I was an avid sweet tea drinker. I drank about 3/4 of a gallon a day. I decided that I was tired of being chubby. (I have never been what you would call fat but maybe pudgy in the middle is fair to say) Anyway I cut that out and went to unsweet iced tea (no calories) and along with that started to drink 4 32 oz. cups of water a day. In 8 weeks I lost 25 pounds. It was like it just fell in the floor. I also love fresh fruit so I ate fruit and veggies and cereal. I cut out fried foods as well. I think that you have to look at the whole picture and not just one thing.
P.S.
I am a singer and the only thing about room temp water is that it is better for your vocal cords.
P.S.S.
Thanks to all for sharing. This has been very interesting.

Anonymous said...

I think i will try drinking a lot more water!

Anonymous said...

I started with a 24oz empty Pepsi bottle, filled it with water, and drank the entire thing before ever meal. I refilled that same bottle after it was empty, and would drink from that during the day - refilling as needed (with no real goal in ounces other than the minimum 24oz, and to make sure it was before a meal). Before I knew it, I was drinking more and more.

Here is something for those who do not wish to abandoned sweet taste (as in, for your tea), but have to give up the calories. Go to your pharmacy area (NOT the grocery area) and look in the area for diabetics, or ask for: STEVIA. It is an herb (comes from a plant) packaged and sold in 100 packets, just like the Sweet-N-Low, Splenda, etc. Some big sugar substitute lobbyists persuaded the FDA long ago to not grant its 'sugar substitute' class, so it has had to be sold as a 'dietary supplement'. But, get this: in recent years, Coca-Cola and other corporations, realizing the advantages of STEVIA, have petitioned and sued, and will be bringing it to the market finally, even in their own softdrinks. It will show up under their brands of additives called 'PurVia' or 'Truvia'.

But right now, STEVIA can be bought, if you know where to look in the store. 100 packets. You can add it to your tea or water, and taste the sweetness.

Here's the good stuff though: NO CALORIES. That's right. Zero calories. No Preservatives. No artificial flavor. No artificial color. No 'aspartame' (which the disease cancer thrives on). And it is scientifically 15-times sweeter than sugar! (bland to the direct taste, though - but added to coffee or tea, you'll notice it! Put as much in it as you like. I use 2-to-4 packets in my tea).

Back to water... Since I've gone to water, I've been averaging about 2 to 2.5 lbs of weight loss per day. I've lost eight pounds since Wednesday. It is Sunday morning as I write this. :)

Anonymous said...

i lost about 30 pounds by switching out all my drinks to water... except coffee in the morning. (caffeine addiction) i did stop putting sugar in my coffee as well though. i assume i lost the weight because i was cutting calories by drinking water instead of other 150 calorie drinks or maybe even because it gives you more energy so your willing to be more active. it took about 6 months to lose it and it took about 2 weeks or so to get over the craving for pop. now that i drink water normally i hardly ever crave pop. and now when i drink pop i actually don't find it as pleasant as i once did. the carbination bothers me along with it making me bloated. i wasn't working out or changing the food i ate, only what i drank. and now i started working out for about 6 months now and i haven't lost anything... i haven't put anything back on but i'm still just drinking water. i do have the occasional alcoholic beverage but not too regularly.

anyone out there know if you switch from diet soda to water if you'll still lose the weight? i've recommended water to lots of people but they respond with but i drink diet soda so it wouldn't work for me since i already drink 0 calories.

Anonymous said...

I agree, I am trying to put lemon in my water, whitch for me is so gross, but it is going to clear out toxics, (so i have been told) and fat is a toxin.......ALso going to try it with tea, hate the taste but speends up your metablizum.

Anonymous said...

I agree.. Drinking a lot of water helps you reduce weight faster..
I lost 30 lbs in 6 months with drinking a lot of water and excercise .. The only problem is now I am addicted to water and feel thirsty all the time.. I am trying to control my water intake now.. So If you plan for wt loss drink more water but dont get addicted..

Anonymous said...

To all who say water has not made them lose weight, you are either drinking way too much or you're consuming too many calories with the foods you eat so that you will not notice a change. Water is the most important thing you can put in your body, and hydrating your body speeds up your metabolism, helps build muscles, and overall makes you feel better. It's also pure science that cold water will make you burn more calories, since your body must heat the water, which requires energy. No matter how much water you drink or workout, if you are not eating right, lots of sugars, sat. fats, fast foods you are not going to see that fat come off.

JUST A FRIEND said...

HI, TO ALL WHO ARE DRINKING WATER TO LOSE FAT. DRINKING THE REGULAR 8 OUNCES OF WATER A DAY IS GOOD. READERS DIGEST SAID THAT DRINKING ICE WATER HELPS A LOT IN SHEDDING THE FAT. WATER WATER WATER!
GO WATER! ICE WATER!!

JUST A FRIEND said...

ELVER, HI. THE REASON YOU WERE NOT LOSING YOUR WEIGHT, IS BECAUSE YOU HAD TOO MUCH WATER INTAKE AT ONCE. WHICH IS NOT GOOD FOR ONES BODY. IT CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH. SO THE REGULAR 8 OUNCES A DAY IS GOOD. AND ESPECIALLY COLD COLD WATER IS FAST IN SHEDDING THE AWFUL DREADED FAT WE HAVE. HOPE THIS WAS HELPFUL.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Great info! I started Lose fat build muscle about a week ago.

hari babu said...

yes drinking water helps a lot, i agree for this article, i also lost some weight by just drinking water.

Anonymous said...

I'm on a strict water diet on dr's orders to lose 30lbs to help my lower back pain. I have been drinking ONLY water with lemon concentrate for over a week now and I LOVE IT! I still have my 2 cups of coffee/day with creamer though. I'm down to 225lbs from 230+lbs in two weeks. It works, just try it!

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I drink 8 glasses of water a day. NOt only it keeps me hydrated it also keep me look fresh and fit. I also noticed that i don't have problem dealing with UTI which most of my buddies have.
Water is simply therapeutic. Just substitute your cola, soda, artificial flavored juices to water and you'll see! Health is just a decision away.

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Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! I can't wait, I can't wait!! I have been at a weight loss plateau for over a year now. I jog 4-5 days a week and Salsa dance and don't particulary eat too unhealthy although I do not deprive myself. My newest motivation was a bet with a friend of mine to lose 5 pounds in one month. I drink probably a 2-3 glasses daily but not more than that. I'm amazed at all this information and will start hydrating my body even more. Can't wait to report back. (Noemi-Colorado)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Ooops Sorry I had to repost this with updated information.....(go to bottom)

WOW!!!! I can't wait, I can't wait!! I have been at a weight loss plateau for over a year now. I jog 4-5 days a week and Salsa dance and don't particulary eat too unhealthy although I do not deprive myself. My newest motivation was a bet with a friend of mine to lose 5 pounds in one month. I drink probably a 2-3 glasses daily but not more than that. I'm amazed at all this information and will start hydrating my body even more. Can't wait to report back. (Noemi-Colorado)

Sorry, but I am female 5'4" and currently weigh 166 pounds, size 12/13..

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water is very important. Water helps the metabolism burns calories faster.

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P Diddy said...

This is a very interesting post. I am going to drink more water.

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Anonymous said...

I found the best tasting water to be those big containers where you fill your own gallon jug for 25 cents.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I wanna tell one thing. Months ago, before I read this post, I made a self-diet. For 3 days I was drinking water (and eating fruits after work). I made it for 2 weeks. I mean 3 days, after for a day I ate normally and continued the next 3 days. It worked I lost 11 kilograms. It's really cool. If you feel strong to be only on water all day long, try it.

Loss Weight Quickly said...

I must say that the idea of drinking cold water totally contradicts that of healthy living in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the drinking of cold water actually cause harm to our body. Our body best absorbs nutrients from food presented a temperature comparable or higher than body temperature.

I am not sure if western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine actually contradicts each other on this aspect of the benefits of drinking cold water to lose weight.

Will said...

I've heard drinking water is good all over the place, but I have heard different things. I was told that drinking cold water causes the stomach to be shocked and makes you feel full.

I'm learning a lot about exercise and weight loss and love any tips!

I've lost over 40 pounds so far with diet and exercise. I blog at Fitness Achievement

Samantha said...

I believe it I started drinking more water and less pop I drop 15 lbs in a month. How come we never thought of this before? It is so basic.

Denzil Lopez said...

I lost about 15 lbs in about 2 Months drinking 4-5 liters of water everyday. i probably over did it, plus walking, but it curbed my hunger pangs and made me feel generally better.I do want to tell all my friends.

Anonymous said...

everybody is an expert, and everybody has an opinion! What works for some, won't work for others and vice versa. All I can say is when I added water to my weight loss regimine, my weekly loss increased about a pound a week. I'm not a coffee drinker and refuse to give up my morning soda (and none of that nasty diet crap soda either), and still lost weight. when i stopped drinking as much water, my weight loss slowed. does it "force" you to loose weight? who knows, who cares? this is just what happened to me. as for flushing the vitamins issue, if you're on a weight loss journey or a "get healthy" path, you should be taking a multi-vitamin every day anyway.

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Carolyn said...

drinking cold water is better for lose weight...

Amanda said...

I’ve been battling weight issues since I hit puberty. I’m now 21 yrs old, 5’2’’ and 170lbs. I just started my most recent diet and I’m buckling down this time! I just started drinking more water than normal (about 3 liters a day) and it’s been extremely motivating! Although I’m sure it’s only water weight, I dropped about 4lbs in the past 2 days and I’m absolutely positive it’s due to the amount of water I’m drinking. As far as my diet… my motivation was slowing until I dropped the 4lbs and now I’m more determined than ever. Though the weight loss will most likely slow down…if you’re really looking for a good motivator…DRINK MORE WATER!! You’d be amazed at how many of those extra pounds are stuck to your body just because you need to hydrate yourself.

By the way, I found out how much water I should be drinking from this site: http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm.

Anonymous said...

I have been drinking 3 and a half liters of water a day for 3 weeks, and I have lost 10 pounds. I find that when I up the water consumption, the weight comes off a little faster. I dont know if it's just replacing a sugar filled drink with a zero calorie drink thats making this work, but whatever the case, it works! And, I feel much better and have energy to spare!

Anonymous said...

will this work for someone whos 14?

Anonymous said...

For the last 17 days, I have drank 96 ounces each day throughout the day and have lost 15 pounds. I took the advice of dividing my body weight in 1/2 as the rule for how much my body needs as well as the caffeine rule that if I drink 8oz of coffee in the am I need to drink 24 ounces od additional water to countereffect. I have not changed any of my eating habits, nor excercise as of this time and still lost 15 POUNDS. The water way worked for me 3 yrs ago when I lost 87 pounds and dropped to a size 6 from a 16 in less than 6 months. I stopped srinking my water 6 months ago and packed on 20 pounds and rose to a size 9/10 and now after losing the 15, I only need 5 to 10 more pounds to go from the now 7/8 back to the 5/6.

Good luck everyone !!!! It works. I also drink my water with 1/4 slice of lemon amd I do not drink soda in the last 3 weeks and down to 1-2 cups of coffee a day instead of 5-6

Herbalife said...

Daily drink 1 cup of hot water after a meal. It is a long process but helpful to reduce your fats from stomach.

Anonymous said...

Hi

I have been reading all your comments, and commend you on the good job being done here,but I have one question to ask.

I have heard that drinking ice cold water / cold foods and drinks during your menstruation, causes the veins around your Utsrus to shrink, which then become a hinderance in conceiving.

Could this really be true?

Chemist said...

This is a great article on the relationship between water and weight loss! Im a training and I struggle with getting the water in that I need! I know I always feel better when I drink more water!

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Herbalife UK said...

Everyone knows that most people would like to lose weight, but most don't seem to know the best way to lose weight. To start seeing differences, you have to make some changes in your habit and lifestyle. If you love drinking sodas, iced teas and other flavored beverages, you should stop this bad habit as soon as possible and stick to plain water instead. A small thing like drinking a refreshing glass of water rather than consuming a can of soda could be of big help to your fitness program. Herbalife

choco said...

definitely it work for me along with eating more fruits and vegetables but i prefer not to use cold water.

FALEN AKA THUNDERCAT832 said...

I read this article a few weeks ago (4) and I've already lost 12 pounds. The water just kept me from OVER EATING..which was a huge problem for me!

Louie said...

I love drinking water now. I used to hate it. I drink over a gallon of water in a day.. (I am not even kidding). The trick is to include some Flavored Liquid Stevia to spice the water up a little. Google "Liquid Stevia" and see what I am talking about. Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

i really unsure about ... it's very hard without exercise..
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Linda said...

Water indeed helps in attracting natural weight loss!

Anonymous said...

I'm a teenager and I'm overweight. I have started drinking water before but then I stopped. I just started again and this time I will not stop. School is almost out and I want to lose weight before the next school. I want to be a new me. My friends and I are going to hang out this summer more often then we usually do. We are going to walk, play basketball, tennis, volleyball, and anything else to keep us active. I can't wait to lose weight!!

ingress said...

hey this article really helped me out in loosing 10 pounds

Chemist said...

This really works as i have lost 15 pounds

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to everyone saying it is unhealthy: you're all either fat or you you don't have the same metabolism issues as people that are considering this. The risks of starving yourself for a few weeks is definitely worth it. You will lose weight, decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and feel better about yourself which is the most important. If you are anorexic then don't take this advice, but if you are obese, doing anything to raise your self esteem is worth it in my opinion.

Emma said...

I have drunk at least one can of diet coke a day for years and recently my intake was starting to increase substantially. I decided to give it up as part of a focus on healthier eating as by the end of 2007 I was feeling fractious, lethargic and wasn't sleeping well. It's only been a few days since I've stopped but I have been so suprised at the withdrawl symptoms I have had. I've had headaches that worsen as the day goes on, been really sleepy, lethargic and cloudy-headed. And I didn't even drink nearly as much as I know many people do atkins diet. I think these awful withdrawl symptoms just show how dependent my body was on an unnatural substance and how I was not giving it the respect it deserves weight loss programs.

Pharmacy said...

Drink plenty of water. Our body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. This it self will discourage any tendency to gorge. The best thing about water is that is has no calories at all.

Anonymous said...

I recently stopped drinking massive amounts of alcohol and switched to drinking iced water with frozen slices of grapefruit and lemons and just a splash of cranberry juice. I just refill my water bottle with fresh water when it runs out, you can leave the fruit in for a couple days, it will keep on flavoring the water! When I'm not drinking that, I treat myself to 4 oranges in a blender with water and ice. In the past month, I have lost 5 pounds. No exercise, except now I have more energy to do things around the house and yard that needed doing.

Anonymous said...

2 days ago I found out I made the cut for a job interview. My suit was a little too snug and I thought how can I lose a few inches in 4 days? Don't know where it came from, but it was like my body telling me what it needed. I started drinking water on Thurs, about 6 lters a day would be about 1 and 1/2 gallons I think. this morning saturday, I was down about 6 pounds but I think I have lost more inches than the 6 pounds. Anyway, this really really really works. No one is trying to sell you a gimick...just go to your tap, fill a glass and drink. Repeat about 10-12 times or more.

Alos, forget about hot or cold, you temp obssessed folks are focusing on the wrong thing. Just drink your water.

In about 30 days imma back to tell you how many gazillion pounds I will have lost by continuing to drink 2 gallons of water a day...maybe 3.

Just do it. The bigger you are the more dramatic the effects.

Anonymous said...

You dont need to drink a gallon of water a day. Probably the reason that is making you lose weight is because your stomach is so full your not eating junk or drinking cola etc (which is great!) its the lack of calories from these thats causing the weight loss, not the huge amounts of water. Its always the same, expend more calories than your putting in. If you really want to drink huge quantites of ice cold water rather than go for a walk or do some excercize thats up to you i guess.


2 Litres of water a day (approx 8-10 cups) is perfectly fine usually, unless your very hot/have been excersizing etc.

Check your urine, if its dark it means its concentrated because you havnt drunk enough water and your body is holding onto the water it has, if its a light straw colour, your hydrated and at the right level, if its clear then you have drunk more than enough. Though as long as your not downing gallons in an hour probably not doing yourself any harm.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if anyone is still reading on this, but I swtiched from diet coke to water 2 weeks ago and have almost lost 5 pounds. I am by no means close to overweight, just saw an article on how bad all artifical sweetners are for you published by UT San Antonio (yes even Stevia as someone suggested is bad!). I do not exercise, I still eat the same, and still drink a beer or two with friends. Just now am drinking half my weight in ounces of water, and it is literally falling off on a daily basis! For you calorie in/calorie out people...hogwash! I did this once and felt like I was starving to death! Diet coke has zero calories which is what I always justified with, but now have found out that it was the nutra-sweet causing insulin levels to go nuts! Good luck with this guys. And to the person who said stop eating...Boo!! Don't wish that on anyone!!

Anonymous said...

Well...after reading all these posts, i tried to lose weight by water...

uhm...it helped a bit...i started on a Monday, and today is sunday...i see some changes...BUT! I think it will help more if we eat healtier , and exercise 30 mins daily...we will lose more quickly :)

Hypatia said...

I am going to start it from today. But additionally I will take Spirulina, as I have lack of Hemoglobin. I am about 163 lb. I have a target to lose 47-50 lb. Let's see whether I can be successful or not. If I am successful, the credit will all be yours (who encourages to drink water).

Anonymous said...

my mom told me that cold water makes you fatter...is that true?

Anonymous said...

I just started drinking half my body weight in water. (IN OUNCES PEOPLE) lol I weight about 160 lbs. so I drink 80 ounces a day.. I've never felt better! I used to feel dizzy if I stood up too fast, and sluggish ALL THE TIME. I have more energy, I feel great and I'm exercising 5 days a week. It also has curbed my appetite for soda and other sugary drinks! I highly recommend anyone to do this. I always knew being properly hydrated is important, but now I can definitely see the difference for myself.

Anonymous said...

After growing up with well water its been a challenge to drink water. However, I have found in the last month of drinking water instead of soda I did lose 4 pounds but I also cut my salt intake. In the last week I splurged on salts foods but kept drinking water and noticed bloating plus an extra pound on the scales.
As I've said good bye to my 20's and most of my 30's losing weight is not as easy. The things I've found that help me loose weight is: cutting down on salt, coffee (Starbucks & DD), soda, sweets, and bread. I hope to see my 4lbs turn into 10 before the holidays.

Anonymous said...

Yes! I started drinking more water and it has been 8 months since I've started, and I have dropped 36pounds. I had regular meals, and every time I would feel hungry between meals I would drink water. After a couple of months I was finding I didn't need to eat as much at meal time either. Then I had more energy, which made me want to be more active, and lost more weight doing so. I also tried a few days here and there of water fasting, which also help me control my previously poor eating habits. I haven't felt this healthy ever, and I nearly have a completely flat belly.

john smith said...

Drinking more water boost metabolism and burn more calories and thus enhancing weight loss another reason for Weight loss by drinking more water is that when you drink more water then it suppress your appetite and hence you eat less which promotes weight loss. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Liver helps to metabolize fat and cannot do it properly without water. Day 3 of drinking almost a gallon a day and I've lost 8lbs! I've been trying to lose weight for quite a while. Sleeping great too. Curious though, I had lost my thirst. I was never thirsty, which is concerning...

Anonymous said...

It does work. I have lost weight by incorporating more water in my changed eating habits. Instead of a soda or any sweet drinks, use water. It is also true when you consume water before a meal, it reduces the amount you eat. Along with exercise, you're on your way to not only shedding the pounds but being healthy and pleased at the results. This is what worked for me.

Anonymous said...

Ben Peterson and Elver. First off Ben you are not taking into account that drinking water does a lot more than fills the stomach and replaces soda, it also balances the ph in the body. A personal trainer should know all the positive effects of drinking water. Elver, it probably didn't work for you because expel rather vile - there is probably something else from holding you back from losing weight. Have you checked out your stress/bitterness lately? Just as the body has to have an outlet, so does the mind...and yes, no matter how much water you drink is going to help you lose weight if youre stressed - Period.

Mike Deleandro said...

I agree!!!! it makes you tired and gives you headaches. I always tell people to drink water...and if you think about it , when you fill your stomach with water there will be less room for food! :))) but ull be peeing a lot more :(

Bonnie said...

I have been working on drinking a ton more water than I usually do. For years I have not been able to lose weight. I don't have any type of weight problem at all. But still those last 5 or so pounds that I want gone, never seemed to go away until I started drinking water. It only took two weeks. I lost about 6 lbs. DRINK WATER. Set goals for yourself. I drink 1 bottle of water on the drive to work, 2 while at work, 1 on the drive home from work, 1 bottle at the gym, 1 bottle before bed. This has made a world of difference. I plan to increase my water intake because I am getting used to drinking it and I want more of it. I feel so much better overall.

Bckory said...

From what I've read room temperature water is just easier to drink. The cheapest good drinking water in the store is around $1 a gallon. Our local "water store" sells it for $0.35 a gallon and it's more convenient in 5 gallon containers. You could get 3 gallon contIners if they are too heavy. The taste is better than our tap water and much easier to drink. It is cheaper than sodas. It is too soon to report weight loss but have noticed much wetter stool and a decrease in diet soda and food consumption. Hoping to feel better, lose weight, and be healthier.

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Anonymous said...

A few years ago I tarted drinking water and a week later I found I lost 8 pounds. Now I gained weight and I haven't been drinking water like I used to but im about to start drinking it again, to lose this unwanted weight.

Anonymous said...

This is true. I drink a gallon of water daily. I carry that thing to work and just looking at it encourages me to finish it. I was only drinking water about 1 glass a week!!! and drinking coke anytime i felt thirsty. It is not easy to change this bad habit but now im not drinking any kind of soda at all. in only 2 weeks have drop 2 jean sizes. It is a miracle!

the_sparrow said...

thanks for this article! I'm going to start drinking water. My main issue is alcohol.. I go out 2-3 times a week and I tend to have 3-5 drinks on each occasion. Sometimes, out of the sheer desire to, I'll make 3-4 of those drinks pints. And I like heavy beer too. I'm female, at about 140 lbs. My BF loves my body and I'm not big or overweight in any way. I just remember being about 20 lbs lighter just a year ago.

Anyway, I'm going to try this water thing! It can't hurt. thanks for your advice.

Bangtheory said...

Well, I have to confirm with this article... When I have been drinking enough water I suffer less bloating and I tend to drop a few notches on the 'ol belt. My entire family is somewhat obese. According to national standard I'm 88 lbs over my limit for my height. Much less I'm an ex TACP special ops and my bone density is also off the chart. But my weight relatively remains the same while drinking sufficient water. Pretty solid 230lbs. Not much I can do about that. I'm nothing like the rest of my family whom are rather very obese. Last year I was up 250lbs and I hate getting fat so I replaced my daily soda with water. With my fram its hard to tell if I'm getting even chunky I'm very wide but I can feel chunk and its very very uncomfortable and easy to look even more fat if I even gain a little bit. Well I dropped 10lbs in the first month without changing anything. Just 24oz per day. I still don't exercise anymore, I still eat crappy food time to time but generally eat well. Water supports NORMAL metabolic function PERIOD. When you are dehydrated or even partially dehydrated your metabolism starts to shut down hence... you get fat. Pretty easy concept. Not only are you keeping your metabolism going, but you are also helping your body flush out all the toxins from your blood stream that can cause certain internal infections, urinary infections, etc. In fact, when I am properly hydrated and motivated and go to the gym, my muscles tend to function better and I am able to exercise longer. When I was in tip top shape I'd know if I was dehydrated because I could feel it in my muscles. I hate water though. But it's become more of a habit and something I do like brushing my teeth. I suck it down and it's over before I realize it. I like having a 32 inch waist at 230lbs. Water helps me keep it.

Unknown said...

Gooday, thank you I found this site. I delivered my baby a year ago. When I was in confinement mth, I drank plenty of chinese herb and water. Surprisingly I did not gain weight,in fact I looks much slim than before I was pregnant. Now, after a year I suddenly gain weight and most of my pants are tight and flush are obvious from waist. People started to say "Hey why are you so fat now?" which this is what i hate to hear. My occupations is as a sale women. Most of my working hr are on the road. I noticed that I have not been drinking enough water...dehydrate !!! Once I tested, I force myself to finished 2L of water that particular day and surprisingly the result was good, i feel my body was light. Now I realised.... it's the WATER !!! Drink plenty of water . Year 2012 my main goal is drink water, drink 2L of water a day in January then shift to 3L in February onwards. I will come back to this site to announce my success. Cheers :)

Anonymous said...

The reason you loose weight drinking water is multiple reasons. 1. You are obviously drinking something that has 0 calories. 2. There is a lot of salt in foods we eat naturally and added. Salt makes you hold water. Drinking water cleanses the system of that salt and releases it. And 3. Your body if it doesnt get enough water holds on to that water. Because it uses it ( remember your body is made up of approx 75% water folks ). This can also cause bloating. When you start drinking water. Your body releases the water that it stores and allows the water to be released. Hence people urinate a lot more when they first start drinking water. After about 3 weeks that stops and you Urinate less.

Anonymous said...

I actually know someone who tells me all the time they hate water. I don't understand how you can hate what your body is made from. They constantly skip meals and they look like they are carrying twins (although I know they are in fact not pregnant).

Anonymous said...

I started drinking water march 19th i have lost 8lbs i will continue see how much more i can loose feel great

Anonymous said...

well all the ney-sayers can say whatever they want. I can only account for myself. I was already dieting. When I added 60 ozs of water a day to my diet, my weight loss increased by a pound a week. the proof was in the pudding.

Uginia said...

Cool! I am starting my water drinking plan today. Hee... Will be back to report in a week time. I am 122lbs but at waistline 33". Cellulite at tights area. Really Hate It. Used to have 105lbs n waistline 26". Aims to get these back. Ever since in 30s and putting IUD, it seems different to lose weight. Looking forward to my new weight n waistline now. I can't wait to wear those old jeans back again.

Anonymous said...

I lost 30 pounds by just simply switching all of my beverages out for water. I stopped drinking sodas, and tea, and substituted them with water. I made sure to consume 48-62oz of water a day. I didn't change what I ate. All I did was drink more water, and I lost 30 pounds in 1 month. Email me if you have questions anthony_blackwell@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

It works for some people. Unless you were a couch potatoe and expect the water to do the work for you

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine just gave up eating altogether, she did well for 58 days then suddenly died.
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Anonymous said...

I've been drinking 2 1/2 gallons a day, and i weigh 105 lbs...no kidney failure yet...however, my chronic UTI has disappeard and i don't feel the need to drink caffeine anymore. I think most endurance athletes aren't chronically dehydrated like ths rest of us are...

Anonymous said...

I sure hope this works for me =( dress that's snug..wedding in 10 days..

Anonymous said...

When you drink cold water your body burns any extra calories because ashen the cold water has been drunk your body speeds up to turn that freezing water to room temp. Ie it burns extra calories

tiffany said...

When drinking a lot of water though do not drink more than 8 dips of 8 oz a day it can cause your kidney to drowned ie. To Much water == over flowwn and over worked kidney. Like when you drink to much soda =kidney stones. And it can be dangerous

Anonymous said...

R u exercising or changing what u eat

Anonymous said...

I used to be 285 pounds. I started drinking alot of water because i liked it. Not to lose weight. Over a years time i was down to 180 pounds. I still ate fried chicken, pizza, cake, and whatever junk food that man created! I wasn't trying to lose weight.

Anonymous said...

i lose 2 pound per day after reading this blog :O

i just drink 4 liters of water every day

Diane said...

I gained almost 10kg every year during my high school years. Later, I went for our national service weighing around 105kg. Drank lots of water, lost around 10kg after 3months there. I've entered college and still struggling to lose more but I only lost 1kg for the last 3months and i believe it's because of the lack of water. Still, friends said I look one size smaller. :D

Anonymous said...

This also helps lower hypertension and high blood sugar and helps diabetics or at risk diabetic such as my self get in great shape and fight off some of those unwanted pounds :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, but your body has no clue on how to digest sugar substitues

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Anonymous said...

I wouldnt take advice from you lol you barely know how to spell for Christs sake LMFAO

Anonymous said...

I recently stopped drinking diet sodas and have slowly managed to drink water only. As a result, I have lost 8 lbs and at least 2 inches off waist. I have not been able to incorporate exercising as currently I am having issues with low back pain. In addition, my eating habits are not the greatest as I still love carbs and ice cream of course. If you are determined to drop some unwanted pounds, drinking water is a must. Best of luck to all!:)

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to lose weight for months to no avail. I started drinking 8 oz of water before every meal a week ago and I'm down 3.5 lbs. I even have hypothyroidism, which makes my metabolism extremely slow. If this works for me it will work for anyone!! I'm also eating lots of veggies and fruits and whole grains, not a lot of junk food. I was doing this before, and wasn't losing weight even with exercise. I haven't even worked out this week, and like I said I've lost 3.5 lbs. Drinking more water - especially before a meal really helps shed the pounds!!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Aimee,

I am on my 3rd day of water fasting without food and when I started (Monday 6 May 2013) I was 226.6 lbs today I am 219.3 lbs so thats a total of 7.3 lbs. I had headaches on the first two days but now I feel more energetic and no headaches. My tummy is rumbling but I have learned that it is just my stomach contracting because it is so used to food. Anyway you wanted to know the best way and fastest way to lose weight in a month and so that is my answer. however this will only work and it is not a diet it is a lifestyle change by cleansing and rejuvenating your body. I am going for thirty days because I did it last year for 14 days and lost 37.4 lbs. when I went back to eating healthy I only put back my water weight and have still not put on any of the weight I initially lost. I want to lose a further 88.2 lbs to reach my healthy weight. This is honestly the only fastest and healthiest way to lose the weight. Just go onlline and surf under water fasting and you will be able to read and research for yourself before trying it. Best wishes.

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Anonymous said...

Though cold water does burn more calories since the body has to bring in to your body's temperature in order to use it, room temperature water helps the body quickly absorb what it needs without waiting. Drink room temperature water in the morning, just to give your day a good start in processing it immediately. The rest of the time, you can drink the water at the temperature you enjoy. Cutting fruits in the water, makes for a slash of flavor without the excess sugar by helping you drink more during the day. Great post, H2o, our body needs so much of it to function. So simple yet so many ignore its benefits!