100 lb. Club - Cold Water vs. Hot Water




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NaturalStupidit
08-04-2010, 06:27 PM
I'm sure this has been on here at some point before, but I'm just wondering. . . do the temperature of you water make any difference?


TJFitnessDiva
08-04-2010, 06:33 PM
I really don't think it does....my water has to be cold but if I'm super thirsty after a workout I'm not as picky :)

astrophe
08-04-2010, 06:35 PM
I prefer cool water, no ice.

But if I'm thirsty I'll take it whatever way is handiest. My mom likes to drink plain hot water but me? At that point may as well make green tea!

A.


Rosinante
08-04-2010, 06:35 PM
I drink my room temperature, because I usually down a large glass at a time, and if it's too cold it hurts my stomach.

If I'm sipping a lady-like glass, then I like it chiiiillled.

envelope
08-04-2010, 06:50 PM
I have read that cold water burns a few calories and that room temp is best for when you need to rehydrate fast.

PinkHoodie
08-04-2010, 09:20 PM
Right now in the summer I CRAVE a big bottle of ice water. Yummmmmmm. But I am the same as others, if I am really thirsty I will drink it even if its room tempature.

Trazey34
08-04-2010, 10:08 PM
I think I read somewhere that super cold water burns a few more cals, as your body has to raise the temp up to body temp. Either way, the only water I like is about 1 degree below freezing lol freeeeeeeeeezing collllddddd no lemon or flavour in it, i can guzzle it by the gallon!

Onederchic
08-04-2010, 10:30 PM
I like my water with ice.

kaplods
08-04-2010, 10:36 PM
The calorie differential is so small, it really doesn't matter. Drinking it the way you like it best, makes the most sense.

It's true, in theory that cold water would have a "negative" calorie balance because you'd have to burn additional calories to maintain body temperature, but I remember in college a human biology professor had us calculate how much weight you could lose (in theory) just with this change. I don't remember the specific results, but it was something ridiculously low like 3-4 lb per year (assuming 1 gallon of ice water consumed per day).

He went on to further debunk, talking about ways in which the "real math" was probably even less (such as the reduction in body temperature, could increase hunger.... stuff like that).

hpnodat
08-04-2010, 10:39 PM
My uncle used to say, "I like my water with no ice cause I don't like it watered down". lol

I like my water chilled from the front of the fridge, where my filtered water comes from. I don't care for it freezing cold because it hurts my teeth. If I have it with ice I only put a few cubes in just to chill it.

duckyyellowfeet
08-04-2010, 10:43 PM
Cold water is my favorite. I really don't like it any other way, maybe slightly chilly but not room temperature.
Hot water needs a tea bag, imo

kelly315
08-04-2010, 11:02 PM
Drinking ice water does make you burn a few more calories, which, of course, can add up.

Lindifer
08-05-2010, 01:26 AM
My uncle used to say, "I like my water with no ice cause I don't like it watered down". lol


That is so funny! Reminds me of something my Grandpa would say.



I like my water a little tiny bit colder than room temp. It kills my teeth when it's any colder unless I use a straw, and I don't like using a straw with water.:shrug:

kcx
08-05-2010, 01:43 AM
I can only drink my water cold and with lemon flavoring...I think plain water has a weird slimy taste...I'm super weird, I know :dizzy:

famograham
08-05-2010, 02:51 AM
COLD...with tons of ice to crunch!
I fill my 24 oz. cup with ice cubes and then top it up with water, no lemon, hardly ever at least...yummmmmy :)

I read something a while back that said drinking cold water was REALLY bad for you because the cold congealed any fat and it would lead to blocked arteries...etc...
I figured that MUST be one of those silly myths...
What do you think?

pinkflower
08-05-2010, 03:13 AM
The calorie differential is so small, it really doesn't matter. Drinking it the way you like it best, makes the most sense.

It's true, in theory that cold water would have a "negative" calorie balance because you'd have to burn additional calories to maintain body temperature, but I remember in college a human biology professor had us calculate how much weight you could lose (in theory) just with this change. I don't remember the specific results, but it was something ridiculously low like 3-4 lb per year (assuming 1 gallon of ice water consumed per day).

He went on to further debunk, talking about ways in which the "real math" was probably even less (such as the reduction in body temperature, could increase hunger.... stuff like that).

I always knew it was ridiculously small, if even any effect, but shoot...even if it's half a pound every 5 years, I"ll take it!! :joker:

losermom
08-05-2010, 09:05 AM
I prefer my water room temperature and in one of my special water bottles that have straws. I have two, one at work and one at home. I'm a freak about my water... One day, at work, I lost my water bottle and I tweaked! But crisis averted, I found it in the garbage. The janitors are required to throw them away. Now I have my name and work phone # on it with a sharpie.

kaplods
08-05-2010, 09:41 AM
I always knew it was ridiculously small, if even any effect, but shoot...even if it's half a pound every 5 years, I"ll take it!! :joker:

If it were proven to have even that much effect, you'd probably be right. There've been no studies (to my knowledge) that prove it helps at all. And it could actually hurt weight loss (at least according to the college biology professor).

He told us that drinking quite a bit of cold water every day could reduce a person's body temperature at least temporarily (maybe longer). At a reduced body temperature, your metabolism slows, as it takes fewer calories to maintain a lower body temp. In essence you could be shooting yourself in the foot. You could be decreasing the calories in AND the calories out part of the equation.

It's also possible (and also not proven) that drinking very cold water could increase your appetite, making it harder to stick to your planned calories.


Also, the body has to work to maintain body temperature - so drinking very hot liquids also could "burn" more calories than drinking liquids at room temperature. In cold weather, drinking hot beverages would aid the body in maintaining body temp and in hot weather, drinking cold water would aid in maintaining body temp (that is saving you calories - which you don't want to do if you want to lose weight).

One student asked whether that meant that a person should drink hot beverages in hot weather, and cold beverages in cold weather to maximize calorie expenditures. In theory, that could work (no proof here either), but that just sounds terribly unpleasant to me. I don't want to drink hot beverages in hot weather. And if I'm cold, I don't want an ice-cold beverage either.

The point the biology professor left us with, is that none of these theories are proven, but there's just as much scientific rationale for cold water decreasiong metabolism as there is for it increasing metabolism. It's possible that drinking cold water has no effect, and it's just as possible that it would have a detrimental as an advantageous effect.

Because none of these theories have been proven, and all have their scientific arguments it still makes sense to drink water at the temperature that you like.