Key to a Healthy Weight: Water
If you’re trying to lose weight—or want to maintain a healthy weight—stay well hydrated. A recent study involving nearly 10,000 adults and published in the Annals of Family Medicine, indicates that people who don’t drink enough water are about 50% more likely to be overweight than those who do.
Hydration—whether it comes from a bottle of water, a cup of tea, or fruits and vegetables—is important for good health. According to the research, study participants who were well-hydrated had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who were inadequately hydrated.
While interesting, the results of the study did not prove a cause-effect relationship between drinking water and losing weight. People who are overweight may eat when they are actually thirsty and drinking water may help people feel more full, so they eat less. It may also be that people who are healthier overall tend to drink more water. Researchers maintain that information about fluid needs should be included in weight loss advice.
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