Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

Although simply drinking more water will not magically make you thinner, there is indeed a connection between upping your daily water intake and long term weight loss. It makes sense, considering that 60% of our bodies are made of water, that drinking more water would have some sort of impact on our bodies. But how exactly can drinking more water help you lose weight? Check out our article below which aims to answer the question: does drinking water help you lose weight?

Drinking water aids in burning calories 

Drinking water helps you burn calories, especially during your resting energy expenditure. For adults, it can mean an increase in calorie burn by up to 30% ten minutes after drinking water up to a full hour. In one study, it was found that in overweight children, drinking cold water will increase their resting energy expenditure by 25% and upwards. In another study, it was found that increasing the amount of water drank to over 1 litre a day resulted in long term weight loss for one group of women. From this, it’s safe to say that drinking water certainly has an effect on our bodies and that upping our intake will increase the number of calories we burn during rest. 

Drinking water can reduce your appetite 

This is especially true if you drink water before a meal and are middle-aged or older. The study that discovered this also found that drinking water before a meal also aided in weight loss over a 12 week period, where the participants changed no other part of their lifestyle or eating habits. So, if you’re middle-aged or older, drinking a glass of water before your meal may benefit from not only a reduction in appetite but also weight loss. Please note that this study found that the same cannot be said for the younger generation. 

How much water should you drink?

Many online sources recommend drinking 2 litres of water a day. However, the correct amount of water you should personally be drinking depends on a number of factors. We have a guide, which you can read here, which helps guide you through the correct amount of water that you should be drinking daily. 

Water helps remove waste from your body

When you’re dehydrated, your body struggles to remove waste such as urine and faecal matter. When you drink water, it enables your kidneys to function well and filter out the toxins it needs to. When your kidneys function properly, they also aid in digestive function, which is key for excluding waste and keeping everything running smoothly in your body. If you plan on losing weight, you need your digestive system to work properly in order to help achieve your weight loss goals, so it’s important to drink water daily.