Do I need 8 glasses a day?
Don’t go crazy refilling your Sigg; let thirst be your guide. How much water you need daily depends on your diet, size, and body chemistry, according to Women’s Health. Nobody really knows where 8 glasses came from, according to a 2008 paper about water myths in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Keep in mind that exercise blunts your thirst mechanism, Lesli Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told the magazine. She recommends drinking 20 ounces before working out to avoid dehydration.
Does drinking water help lose weight?
Sipping water before meals may make you eat a little less and that can contribute to weight loss, although it’s certainly no magic bullet. However, Virginia Tech researchers found that people ate 75 to 90 fewer calories when they drank two cups of water right before a meal. In another study, dieters who drank water before meals three times a day lost about 15.5 pounds after 12 weeks; those who didn’t increase their water intake shed about 11 pounds. Swapping sugary beverages for water is also a good ticket to a thinner waistline.