Drinking More Water Associated With Weight Loss and Health Benefits

A new study  published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics  from the University of Illinois found that people who increased their water consumption by one to three cups per day decreased their calorie intake up to 205 calories per day.They also consumed up to 18 grams less sugar per day as well as decreasing both their cholesterol and sodium intake .

Study author, community health professor Ruopeng An states , “the impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status. This finding indicates that it might be sufficient to design and deliver universal nutrition interventions and education campaigns that promote plain water consumption in replacement of beverages with calories in diverse population subgroups without profound concerns about message and strategy customization.”

Study participants were asked to recall everything they ate or drank over the course of two days.

Professor An calculated the amount of plain water each person consumed .On average, participants consumed about 4.2 cups of plain water on a daily basis . Those who consumed more than that were shown to eat less calories per day as well as lower their sugar, cholesterol and sodium intake.

Many have heard the long touted advice to drink 8 glasses of water per day to lose weight and for better health. This research ads scientific credibility to that old time suggestion.

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