Ever since our officebanned water bottlesin favor of a more eco-friendly community water cooler,I've been drinking a whole lot less H20.(You have to actually *walk over *to the water cooler--guh--and fill up your own cup rather than just nabbing a cold Poland Spring out of the community fridge.) Better for the environment,worse for my health...and maybe my weight?
Nearly every diet out there pushes you to drink more water.I've heard people claim that water "flushes" fat away,makes you less hungry,boosts metabolism and a myriad of other things.But does it?I snooped around--turns out aGerman study in just 14 peoplewas the basis for the metabolism thing and it hasn't been further proven since.As for appetite,one of the top researchers out theresaysthat her studies have showndrinkingwater doesn't do a thing to your appetite (although eating foods that are full of water like fruits and salads and soupsdoes).And the fat flushing thing?Fiction.
But Dr.Wendy (otherwise known as Wendy Naugle,Glamour'sDeputy Editor,Health--she's such an expert that at this point,Harvard should just give her an honorary M.D.) does have a smart take on H20 and weight: "The fat flushing properties have been exaggerated.But one way that water might help you lose weight is if you reach for a glass before you eat--many women think they are hungry when actually they are dehydrated.So sip first,then see if you still want to eat."
Any weight-loss myths you want to find out about?There are so damn many...I could blog about this for days!