WATER ‘HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT’
The key to losing weight could be as simple as just drinking water
Wednesday February 15,2012
THE key to losing weight could be as simple as just drinking water.
People who substitute sugar-laden drinks with water or diet drinks can lose five per cent of their body weight in just six months, research shows.
The study, published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, compared weight loss for 318 overweight or obese people.
Volunteers were divided into three groups – those who switched from calorie-laden beverages to diet soft drinks; those who switched to water; and those who did not change their drinks, but received general information about healthy choices that would lead to weight loss.
The groups were monitored for six months and all three experienced reductions in weight and waist measurements.
However, the groups who switched to water or calorie-free drinks were twice as likely to lose five per cent or more of their body weight than those who did not change drinks.
People in the group who drank mostly water had lower glucose levels and better hydration levels than the control group
Study author Professor Deborah Tate, of the University of North Carolina, said: “People in the group who drank mostly water had lower glucose levels and better hydration levels than the control group.”
She said switching to water could reduce the obesity epidemic – as long as people didn’t make up lost calories in some other way.