Water: A Free Fat Loss Supplement?

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) – It may be the ultimate fat loss supplement and it comes with no known side effects and it’s free.

What is this miracle product and where can it be found?

A new study by the University of Illinois published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, found that people who increased their water consumption by just 1-3 cups a day decreased their daily energy intake by 68-205 calories and reduced their sodium intake by 78-235 grams. Sugar and cholesterol intake were also reduced.

The study examined dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that increasing consumption of plain water from the tap, a cooler, fountain or bottle by just 1% came with multiple benefits. These benefits were observed regardless of race, ethnicity, education, income or individual body weight. In other words, it worked for everyone.

The amount of plain water that each person consumed was calculated as a percentage of daily water intake from food and other beverages combined. Consumption of drinks like coffee, tea, herbal teas, soda, etc. were not counted as plain water but were included in total water intake.

“Water is a fat loss elixir. Our bodies are mostly water and we need to maintain the proper balance for optimal health and body composition. It is necessary for proper hydration and also helps to fill the stomach, reducing feelings of hunger. Many people confuse thirst with hunger. Most times when someone feels hungry they are really thirsty and plain water is exactly what is needed,” according to Tom Griesel, co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.

Participants in the study drank an average of 4.2 cups of plain water per day that amounted to about 30 percent of their total water intake. They averaged 2157 calories per day with almost 25 percent of those calories coming from sugar sweetened beverages and other low-nutrition, calorie-dense foods like snacks, pastries and other desserts.

It seems that even a small increase in plain water of just 1 percent was enough to decrease energy intake, including a reduction in junk food.

Griesel adds, “ Most people will benefit from drinking more water. A good starting guideline is to drink ½ ounce of plain water for every pound of bodyweight. Early morning after waking up is an ideal time. Most people lose 1-2 pounds of water overnight through normal bodily functions. This equates to 16-32 ounces. Athletes and other active individuals may need more. When people feel hungry, they would be wise to drink a large glass of water first. This often will eliminate any feeling of hunger and is a very healthy habit to adopt.”

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