Myth: More water equals more weight loss.


Drinking more water will not shed off the pounds.

Warning: I am not saying that water does not increase satiety and help with weight loss.

Glass of water

Many experts, myself included, recommend drinking more weight to help with weight loss.  The belief is that more water will increase calories burned and decrease calorie intake by improving satiety.  There is no doubt in my mind that water is vital for human existence.  It makes up the majority of your body.   The question is whether water is a magical cause of weight loss and will it make the pounds fly off.  

The answer is yes and not to this question.  Water is research proven to help improve satiety.  It may also increase your metabolism slightly, but it is unlikely to cause long term weight loss or weight loss maintenance by itself.  Sure, drinking water may reduce your caloric consumption if you reduce your empty calorie intake from high-calorie drinks such as soda or alcohol.   The fact is that adding more water to your diet by itself will lead to significant weight loss unless you change something else also.  You will still have to exercise and watch what you eat.  

The bottom line:  Water intake can assist with weight loss if you make changes to your exercise and or dietary intake, but by itself, water will make no difference in lowering the numbers on your scale.  

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About the Author

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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