You've probably heard before that water can help you lose weight, right? But can it really? That's what researchers from Nutrition Sciences at the Berlin School of Public Health, Charite University Hospital wanted to know, so they reviewed 11 related studies to find out.
Of the 11, they found three supporting the idea that water helped in
weight loss. One found that people who drank two cups of water before
eating a meal lost more weight—four pounds—than people who didn't. And
the results of another showed that people who drank at least
one liter per day—a little less than the recommended eight glasses—lost
more weight than those who didn't. Funny thing, though: They're really
not sure why.
One theory is that water helps keep hunger at bay, but there could
also be another possibility: Water-induced thermogenesis, a process
where drinking water makes you more energetic and, therefore, burn more
Of course, the researchers also say that there are still more studies
that need to be done in order to find a firm link between water and
Still, there's no arguing that it's important to drink plenty of water:
It flushes out toxins, helps carry nutrients to your cells, and
supports every system in your body. And not getting enough water can
lead to dehydration, which stresses out your organs and can lead to
headaches, dizziness, fainting, and exhaustion. So drink up!