Can Drinking More Water Really Lead To Weight Loss?
The water does more for the body than just quench your thirst—it might even help you drop some pounds. Water mono-diet not only promotes weight loss but also helps in body cleansing and elimination of toxins. Water and weight loss are close to each other in several proportions.
“Thirst, which is triggered by mild dehydration, is often mistaken for hunger by the brain,” says Melina Jampolis, an internist and board-certified physician nutrition specialist. “You may be able to decrease appetite by drinking water if you are. In fact, low in the water, not calories.”
Drinking water also promotes satiation because it passes through the system quickly and stretches the stomach. “This sends messages to your brain signaling fullness,” Jampolis says.
Elizabeth Huggins, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Hilton Head Health, adds that though the results are temporary, “consuming water shortly before eating may help decrease food intake.”
Research supports the theory: People who drank two glasses of water immediately before a meal in a small 2016 study ate 22% less than those who didn’t drink any water before eating.
To fill your stomach enough for your brain to register fullness to skip one meal, drink about two cups.