Water is indispensable for our survival, it is also indispensable for losing weight. Drinking more water daily would help us to diminish calories intake. This is shown by a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois in the United States.
The researchers, whose study was recently published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (1), observed the effect of increased daily water consumption on 18,311 adults. They added 3 extra glasses of water to their daily water intake.
The results are there: hydration helps to lose weight, at least to drain our body. Indeed; the researchers of the study were able to observe in their subjects a decrease in calorie intake and in particular a decrease in salt and also sugar intake. More precisely, a consumption of 7 glasses of water per day would reduce the sugar intake by more than 18 grams! This is therefore not negligible.
No news, but a confirmation
These results do not tell us anything new. The recommendations to drink between 1 and 1.5 liters of water per day are already well known. However this study does say that good daily hydration is important in maintaining a healthy body. Water, of course, does not make you lose weight, but it is still the most beneficial drink for our body. The fact that it helps reduce our daily sodium intake is a good thing in the prevention of high blood pressure, a condition often associated with obesity and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. All this combined with a healthy and balanced diet helps us feel good about our bodies, so it’s time to take the plunge!
A quick reminder
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consumption of 1 to 1.5 liters of water per day (coffee and tea, without sugar, is compatible in these figures). It also recommends a sugar consumption between 25 and 50 grams, and a salt consumption not exceeding 5 grams daily (2). Unfortunately, we very rarely implement these recommendations, since our daily sugar consumption is more than 100 grams, and our salt consumption is at least doubled.
Sources and References
(1) R. An, and J. McCaffrey. Plain water consumption in relation to energy intake and diet quality among US adults, 2005-2012. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12368