Staying hydrated is something people know is important, but just how important is it? A recent study gives us reason to pay renewed attention.
The study, released by the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, found that by increasing water consumption just 1%, participants saw a decrease in the average intake of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium. That’s without any magic dieting regimen—just drinking more plain water from a bottle, drinking fountain, or tap.
Although those with higher energy intake such as men and middle-aged adults saw greater decreases than women and older adults, respectively, the results were consistent across race, ethnicity, income, education attainment, and body weight status.
You’re probably wondering just how much extra water you should drink to start shedding calories. According to the study, having an additional one to three cups (237ml - 710ml) a day lowers caloric intake by an astounding 3.2 – 9.5 percent!
Imagine how much of a difference that extra water can make over time when you integrate it with a lifestyle of healthy eating, regular exercise and proper sleep. It’s time to go have another glass. Cheers!