Can water help you lose weight?
It’s hot. And maybe you’re sitting there wondering exactly how much water you should drink every day to stay healthy. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t clear—it’s also not eight glasses a day, no matter how often you’ve been told that. So how much is it? We’ve done the research, and the answer is complicated. Basically, just keep drinking.Coming up with a one-size-fits-all water recommendation is difficult because our need for water varies based on age, size, activity level, and even the temperature.The problem is so complex that the recommendation of the National Academies’ Health and Medicine Division is basically no recommendation at all; the experts there state that most healthy people will be able to absorb an adequate amount of water from the foods and beverages they consume.
Jodi Stookey, PhD, a nutrition epidemiologist and hydration researcher with the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research institute, disagrees: “Basically nothing happens in the body without water. Every thought, movement, and feeling is the result of water moving from one place in the body to another. If affects how you think, feel, absorb, digest, and metabolize. It should be clear that if water is limited, the world of our body is not going to be optimal.” Stookey points to recent research that indicates increasing water consumption can have significant health benefits—among them, weight loss.