Can drinking water help you lose weight?
A reasonable water intake can help with weight loss. We need around half a cup of water for every 100 calories we burn.
Dr Roger Henderson, GP, explains: ‘Drinking before eating may help you lose weight because the brain can generate energy from water and food.
‘When water is used instead of food then none is stored as fat – as is the case with unused food – and excess water passes out of the body with no weight gain.
‘Drinking before food helps to fill the stomach and increases the chance of weight loss by making the person eat less.’
So how much should you drink?
The minimum figures for the body’s daily water loss are 500ml through urine and 700ml through breathing and sweating.
Doctors advise that to be on the safe side we should drink at least 1.2 litres of liquids (2.5 pints).
So, remember, although water is essential, you don’t need to become obsessed about drinking eight glasses a day!