Drinking Water Can Help Your Diet
Drinking water can help you lose weight, according to a nutritionist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
can decrease your appetite,” said Mara Z. Vitolins, Ph.D.,
assistant professor of public health sciences. “It is hard to
distinguish between being thirsty and being hungry, so try drinking
water and waiting 20 to 30 minutes to see if you’re still
water also may help you cut calories, said Vitolins, who also is part
of the Center for Research on Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease
people drink sodas, coffee and other such beverages and totally
disregard drinking plain water,” she said. “Replacing the
higher calorie beverages with plain or flavored water (without added
sugar) can significantly reduce calories.”
In addition, most of the beverages with a higher caloric content contain caffeine, Vitolins noted.
caffeine acts as a diuretic to set you up for dehydration,” she
explained. “By the time you feel thirsty, you already are
People of all ages need to drink plain water, she added.
is an important nutrient and is vital for a variety of bodily functions
and processes, including removal of waste products, carrying nutrients
and regulating body temperature,” Vitolins said. “Water
helps reduce fluid retention and helps keep bowel functions
One way to
calculate how much water you need is to take your weight in pounds and
divide by two; the result is the number of ounces of water you should
drink each day, according to Vitolins. For instance, a 100-pound woman
should drink 50 ounces of water every day, which is a little more than
four 12-ounce glasses or three bottles of water that are usually 16.9
ounces each, she said. A 175-pound man would need five bottles of
water, she added.
Drinking plenty of water is as important in the winter as it is during the summer, Vitolins said.
people realize fluid is used to produce sweat, which keeps us cool
during exercise and the hot temperatures of the summer,” she
explained. “But not as many people are aware that the body also
needs water to stay warm. The best way to illustrate this is to think
of your car. The radiator needs fluid regardless of the weather.”
people need to speak with their physician prior to increasing water
intake, especially those with kidney problems that require fluid
restriction, Vitolins cautioned.