Drink More Water to Lose Weight?

Drinking more water promotes fat loss by decreasing food intake and promoting fat use— according to a literature review by Simon Thornton from University of Lorraine in Nancy, France. Greater water intake increases cell volume throughout the body, which accelerates metabolic rate and caloric expenditure. Increased water intake decreases the hormone angiotensin II, which regulates body fluids. Dehydration promotes insulin resistance, which increases fat storage. The review emphasized the effects of dehydration on weight gain. It doesn’t follow that normal or overhydration will lead to weight loss. Few human studies show that drinking extra water promotes weight loss. (Frontiers in Nutrition, published online June 10, 2016)

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