Water and Weight Loss – What You Need to Know

The weight loss industry takes in an estimated $58 billion dollars every year, according to a study from Marketdata, Inc. in 2006.

This industry is a monstrous compilation of diet pills, diet books, exercise videos, diet soft drinks, diet dinners, etc…Out of all these diet soft drinks take the largest share with more than $19 billion a year.

The sad truth is that spending so much money isn’t helping Americans get any thinner. In fact, obesity has almost reached epidemic proportions. However, there is hope on the horizon thanks to recent research on the relationship between water and weight loss.

What Do Studies Say?

For years, people have believed that drinking water could help with weight loss, but there was little scientific evidence to prove it. That was until Brenda Davy, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech came along.

Her goal was to show that the relationship between water and weight loss could be proven scientifically.

Davy designed a study with 48 participants divided into two groups. The first group drank two cups of water before meals and the second group didn’t. All the participants were put on a low-calorie diet during the study.

After 12 weeks, the first group had lost an average of 15.5 and the second group had only lost an average of 11 pounds.

The first group of water-drinkers not only lost weight faster than the group who didn’t drink water, they also kept “the weight off for a full year after the weight loss study,” says Davy.

How Does It Work?

Most people believe that drinking water promotes weight loss because it boosts metabolism. Although this was proven by a recent Germany study, the results were very minor. Drinking water may boost metabolism to some extent, but it’s not nearly as much people think it is. Definitely not enough to be the deciding factor in weight loss.

No, the real reason why water and weight loss are related is because drinking water helps you feel fuller with zero calories, says Davy. When you feel fuller, you’re less likely to eat high-fat, high-carb foods that would cause you to gain weight.

How Much Should You Drink?

No one knows exactly how much water people should drink every day. There’s the usual “8-10 glasses” recommendation that gets thrown around. The federal Institute of Medicine says that you should let your thirst tell you when you need a drink. Other experts say to let the color of your urine be your guide.

Davy recommends 9 cups of fluid a day for women and 13 cups a day for men. It doesn’t have to always be water; but you should avoid beverages that are high in sugar, calories, or high fructose corn syrup.

Drink Your Way to Skinny!

Before you go and add your monetary contribution to the weight loss industry, you may want to consider a simpler solution. One that is completely free and proven by researchers to effectively promote long-term weight loss. Before you go and buy diet soft drink, you may just want to go sip on a tall glass of ice cold water.

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  1. YahooBot
    November 11, 2008 @ 6:35 pm


    Nice site, thanks for information!

  2. Anonymous
    June 23, 2009 @ 4:35 pm


    all diet pills work but they always have a bounce back so you are only throwing youre money away no matter what you take all we have to do is hit the gym for a few weeks get where you want and eat less that worked for me not doing no special deits didn’t change the way I eat or bought any meals just eat what Iwanted and went to the gym 3 or 4 times a week for 30 mintues did differnt things at the gym every time I went so its fun that’s my advice to who wants to take it..

  3. Anonymous
    November 13, 2009 @ 4:00 am


    thanks for posting that. I have bookmarked your site and will come back for more information. I have had so many challenges in losing weight that I really need as much information as I can get. i will return for more insights so that I can lose weight easily and keep it off forever. Thanks again. David

  4. JM
    November 26, 2009 @ 8:20 pm


    exercise has been proven not to be that effective in weight loss. yes, exercise is important for health, but it dosen’t really help you lose weight. diet is the only thing that really matters.

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