Weight Loss Support - Is water really the secret to weight loss?




hcred123
02-14-2009, 12:23 PM
I've read on a lot of medical websites that water is the key to really losing weight. I was just wondering if anyone has actually had experience with water helping them shed the pounds.


CountingDown
02-14-2009, 12:34 PM
I wouldn't say it is THE KEY, but I do believe that getting enough water is important.

I try to make sure I drink at least 48 oz (and usually 64) every day. It does seem to help :)

walking2lose
02-14-2009, 12:58 PM
I drink a fair amount of water, but I do not believe at all that water is the key (eating less, eating healthier, moving more are keys). In fact, I like the macrobiotic suggestion to drink when we are thirsty - not just to chug water for the sake of chugging water.


cfmama
02-14-2009, 01:05 PM
I've lost 76 lbs. In less than 5 months. I've changed everything about my life INCLUDING my water intake. I went from 2 maybe 3 glasses of water a day to a minimum of 3 L a day. Do I think it's been the secret? No. Do I think it's helped a WHOLE lot? Yes. Totally.

Annita
02-14-2009, 06:14 PM
Water isn't the key - but it's one important element in the weight loss progress.

Thighs Be Gone
02-14-2009, 06:21 PM
Thumbs up here on the water. Water is a key element for certain. NOT THE KEY though.

CFMama, I love that you say you changed EVERYTHING in your life. I did too! This effects every facet of my life.

rockinrobin
02-14-2009, 06:43 PM
Water is most definitely NOT the key to weight loss. If it were I never would have been overweight. I was a HUGE water drinker. I think some people like to believe that it is key, because it's something easy or at least easier to change.

Creating a calorie deficit by reducing your caloric intake so that your stored fat is used as energy is the BIGGEST key. First and foremost. Read "THEE KEY". Adding in physical activity and exercise is another piece of the puzzle. Water? It's important - but not vital. If nothing else, drinking all the water is something to do with your mouth and keeps you full.

There really is no secret to weight loss. Eating well and exercise. Consistiently. Boring, nothing earth shattering. Sure, drink water, just how much is debatable.

jellydisney
02-14-2009, 06:46 PM
In a word -- no. If you think that by suddently drinking 8 glasses of water a day you will lose weight - no.

However... if you replace soda, juice, alcohol with water... then you will start to see some differences. It's still not "the key" to weight loss, but it's one of the easiest ways to start.

run4change
02-14-2009, 06:48 PM
Definitely note the key. I guess the key would be taking in less calories than you are burning. But water is an essential to having a heathily working body

Heather
02-15-2009, 08:14 AM
For me it wasn't the key. I do try to stay hydrated -- especially when it's hot or I'm working out -- but I've never counted my water intake and don't carry a water bottle around.

I think a lot of people find benefit in it and it can be a great tool for some. But it's A tool in the box, and not the only one. Not even the most important one -- as Robin said, creating a calorie deficit is THE tool. To the extent that water contributes to that end, it is useful for weight loss. But it's not the only way to get there.

flatiron
02-15-2009, 08:33 AM
It is important to be hydrated but not the key in fact there are some studies out now that say you don't need the 8 glasses a day that has been touted for years. You only need enough to stay hydrated and depending on how active you are and how much fluid you eliminate depends on your needs.

But there is no doubting that water intake is important.

Contrary to what many people believe, drinking a lot of water will not flush out the fat from your body.

Personally I think the key to weight loss can be many things to many different people and is highly debatable.

http://www.chetday.com/eightglassesofwater.htm


:)

tkm256
02-15-2009, 10:33 AM
Well, a lot of people eat when they're really thirsty, or put liquid calories in themselves instead of water. If you have bad hydrating habits, upping your water intake will certainly help.

It isn't much of a secret, though. We all know by now that there's no such thing as a secret or key to weight loss. One rule: eat less than you burn. All the secrets and tricks we look for revolve around how to do this without going insane :p

Sofia
02-15-2009, 11:37 AM
Well, a lot of people eat when they're really thirsty, or put liquid calories in themselves instead of water. If you have bad hydrating habits, upping your water intake will certainly help.

It isn't much of a secret, though. We all know by now that there's no such thing as a secret or key to weight loss. One rule: eat less than you burn. All the secrets and tricks we look for revolve around how to do this without going insane :p

I don't quite agree with you. You are right on the fact that "eat less than you burn'' is the key for weight loss. However water has great advantages to the body . Mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
The studies conducted on diet loss suggested that one glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters

kelly315
02-15-2009, 02:49 PM
Honestly, I believe it's the placebo effect. The science on water consumption is very shaky right now, and there are points that make sense on either side. The only thing that everyone agrees on- it's bad to be dehydrated. Other than that, I wouldn't count on water making or breaking your weight loss.

Glory87
02-15-2009, 02:57 PM
I never cared a bit about drinking water and didn't up my water intake while losing weight or maintaining. Didn't seem to matter a bit. I still drink 3 glasses of water a day and a few mugs of herbal tea/cocoa. That's it!

Scarlet
02-15-2009, 05:36 PM
I just know that the more water/liquid I drink, the more regular I am (I eat high protein low carb so this is important) and the less I retain water and swell up in the heat, so for me these are important factors....and I do feel fuller and more satisfied, especially if I am just looking for flavor in my mouth over food in my stomach..

MariaMaria
02-15-2009, 05:48 PM
The only thing that everyone agrees on- it's bad to be dehydrated.

And one doesn't generally need to be swigging gallons of water a day to be hydrated.

flatiron
02-15-2009, 06:22 PM
And one doesn't generally need to be swigging gallons of water a day to be hydrated.

I have read that the average person needs 6 ozs of water a day to replace the fluids we lose. If we eat normal meals we get 4 ozs of water from the food we eat.

So we really need far less than 8 ozs a day but I guess it doesn't hurt to drink it.

WormwoodDoll
02-15-2009, 08:36 PM
Do I think it's the secret? No. But it does help. It makes me fuller and if I drink enough when I eat something high in sodium, my weight doesn't rise 10lbs over night!

maryshady
02-16-2009, 08:11 AM
I don't think it is the only secret but I certainly do think it helps.

Burning excess fat is a job that is supposed to be done by your liver. If your liver is not doing it's work it could simply be the result of not giving your kidneys enough good clean waster. Metabolising fat is actually something that the liver does when it converts stored fat to energy. The livers secondary job is to help the kidneys. If your not properly hydrated the liver must continually help the kidneys and therefore not be able to flush out fat.
Do yourself a favor and get at least 64 oz of water a day and if you like to drink caffeinated drinks you need an extra 8 oz of water for every 8 oz of caffeinated beverage.

I spent some time looking this stuff up. It's just the science of how our bodies work.

Heather
02-16-2009, 06:22 PM
Do yourself a favor and get at least 64 oz of water a day and if you like to drink caffeinated drinks you need an extra 8 oz of water for every 8 oz of caffeinated beverage.

I spent some time looking this stuff up. It's just the science of how our bodies work.

Mary -- I'm curious as to the research you've found on caffeinated beverages. The recent research I have seen suggests that caffeine is not the diuretic people used to think it was. Some people do initially experience some diuretic (flushing) effects when they first start drinking caffeine, but after a few weeks, it goes away.

Here's a link that explains it:
http://www.beverageinstitute.org/healthcare_professionals/caffeine_qa.shtml

And a quote:
"The expert panel for the 2004 DRI report on water and electrolytes carefully reviewed the existing scientific literature related to caffeine and hydration, including a number of newer studies published within the past decade. They determined there was sufficient scientific evidence finding that caffeine-containing beverages do not increase 24-hour urine volume in healthy individuals compared to other beverages and that caffeinated beverages appear to contribute to the body's daily total water intake in amounts similar to that contributed by non-caffeinated beverages. In other words, the common belief that caffeinated beverages don't contribute to hydration is a myth."

joyra
02-16-2009, 07:04 PM
Actually, a couple years ago I didn't change any habit, except to drink 100 oz of water a day. I did it for 2 weeks and lost 5 lbs.. but then I didn't keep it up.

It's possible that all that water drinking curbed my appetite or prevented me from drinking beverages that did have calories. I just remember peeing nonstop and feeling really good.

Jen415
02-17-2009, 11:18 AM
Me personally--it is an important part of my program. I tend to retain water like crazy, and it is worse on the days where my fluid consumption is low. I feel the difference on the days I do it versus not doing it.

It's all in what you believe.

mygritsconfessions
02-17-2009, 11:22 AM
I always wondered about water myself. They say many times when you 'think' your hungry, your body is actually thirsty for water.

SamanthaJubilee
02-17-2009, 12:54 PM
I have read up on some of this :book2: and it is suggested that if you drink dark colored beverages (such as coffee, coke (soda pop, pop, whatever you wanna call it) & thick beverages) that you should match the amount with water. It helps prevent urinary/bladder problems. Nothing really to do with the weight issue, but just an FYI for those of us who have frequent bladder/UTI's.

This is a really great topic to bring up. There are so many people who say drink water...as much as you can. The facts laid out are, drinking water is better for you than drinking a coke or coffee, but don't guzzle it. Just drink enough to stay hydrated. Stay away from the sugar!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my coffee :coffee2:, but I make darn sure I get my 80 oz of water a day (64oz regular & 16oz to replace the 16oz of coffee I drink). I feel fuller longer and I don't get cotton mouth at night.

junebug41
02-17-2009, 01:08 PM
I think it will always be up for debate simply because it works for some and not others, but with me a certainly feel better when I exclusively drink water. It fends off bloating, keeps me from snacking and promotes well-being. I also think being well hydrated affects my energy level and stamina during workouts, too.

cakses
02-17-2009, 01:24 PM
Personally, if I am drinking my 80+ ounces a day that I plan on, I lose weight each week. If I do everything else (eat right & exercise) but skip out on the water intake I stall out. So it most definitely helps me.

I believe that most research suggests drinking a glass of water for every soda/coffee because of the amount of sodium in these drinks, not because of the caffeine.

When your body tells you that you are thirsty, you are already in the beginning stages of dehydration. So I don't think waiting to be thirsty is a great idea if you are trying to keep your body balanced.

Will water help you lose weight? Maybe, maybe not. But you are doing a great service to your body keeping it hydrated. We put oil in our cars to keep them running smoothly, right? So what is the big deal about drinking water? It just makes sense to me.

FB
02-17-2009, 01:29 PM
I think it would most definitely make a difference if you were in the habit of drinking calories - sugared sodas, calorie laden coffee drinks and juices. Just upping the water intake would presumably knock some of the other beverages out and create a deficit.

I never drank many calories, always had diet pop or plain tea and can't say it's made a substantial difference with my loss. However, it has a wonderful effect on my skin, appetite and general well being!

K8-EEE
02-17-2009, 01:46 PM
Personally I've noticed that upping the water ELIMINATES cravings. On the days where I've had 8 glasses of water before 7:00 I've yet to give in to any food urges. So yeah I do think of it as the "magic bullet." Definitely better than any diet pill! And yet some days I still don't take the time to hydrate properly.

IMO I think many food cravings are kind of, you're confusing your body's feeling of dehydration with wanting sugar or carbs.

K8-EEE
02-17-2009, 01:48 PM
In this way I think Diet Coke is "fattening..." In that instead of water which is truly hydrating you are taking the water in effect with dehydrating chemicals -- it's displacing the water you should be drinking.

I'm definitely doing better without the DC although, I guess a little of it wouldn't hurt. ALL the "diet Coke addicts" I know, who pop cans of the stuff all day, are fat. I mean....ALL of them.

FB
02-17-2009, 01:49 PM
I'm not fat! Well, not anymore. :)

MariaMaria
02-17-2009, 01:51 PM
ALL the "diet Coke addicts" I know, who pop cans of the stuff all day, are fat. I mean....ALL of them.

I'm not. Disproved!