Weight Loss Support - Does drinking ice water burn calories? A link inside...




haleys
06-27-2005, 11:46 AM
I've always heard that drinking ice water burns calories, but I was never sure how true this was. I found this link which gives a pretty simplified answer to the question!

http://ibs.howstuffworks.com/ibs/des/question447.htm


imsexydamnit
06-27-2005, 12:35 PM
Hey Haleys,
Thanks for posting that, i'd heard that drinking ice water burns more calories than drinking warm water, and i'd even knew the reason why, what i didn't realize was how many calories were being burned. Thanks for the info.
Christine

mom of 3
06-27-2005, 01:45 PM
Huh, that is pretty interesting. Who knew!! ;)


gray eyed girl
06-27-2005, 02:50 PM
I had heard that before and it's interesting to read the explanation of it. Thanks for sharing the link!

Now if only the "celery is a negative calorie food" theory was explained so clearly. Maybe it is! I'll go look in a minute ;).

RaeReid
06-27-2005, 11:59 PM
I have a book somewhere on my bookshelves that focuses on flattening your stomach and one of the key elements that I remember is to drink ice cold water throughout the day because of the calories that it burns.

Now if I could just get myself in gear and actually do it.

haleys
06-28-2005, 12:56 AM
RaeReid: any other tips on flattening your stomach from that book or could you give me the name of the book? i'm trying to get my tummy flat!

BBWonwheels
06-28-2005, 01:27 AM
Ty for that now i know

SOON2BE154
07-03-2005, 08:42 PM
The down side to cold water is its shock to your body. It's better for digestion if you don't drink cold water.

Cold water increasing metabolism is negligible unless all the other methods to increase metabolism are followed: eating healthy protein, fueling your body often, strength training, cardio, eating whole foods, fluctuating calories, healthy fats and complex carbs. It's the combination not the single method which works.

I know because I finally sweat upon exertion and doing cardio. I didn't when I first began because my metabolism was cr*p! I gained weight eating 2 meals a day! It isn't cr*p now! :)

I followed everything above for the past 6 months and it took most of that time to boost my metabolism to it's natural fat burning high.

shortiemetoo
07-04-2005, 01:25 AM
I have always heard the theory...and since I drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day I may as well make sure it is cold from now on! Thanks for the smile this brought to my face!! :D

Onederchic
07-03-2009, 03:10 PM
Very interesting article indeed. Time to grab up some ice trays :D

Tomato
07-03-2009, 04:29 PM
I haven't read the article yet and I remember that Jackie Warner recommends drinking ice water (on her Work Out DVD) but I disgree with it. I read (long time ago) some article that stated very hot or icy food/fluids are not good for the stomach. Hence, I never drink ice water. I prefer my water at cold to room temperature.

CandieRae
07-03-2009, 05:52 PM
Thanks for the link Haleys! I went and filled my water bottle up with cold water and ice cubes because I read that.

EZMONEY
07-03-2009, 06:05 PM
Here is my take on it....

Grab a bottle of cold/room temp. water and go out and walk a mile or more!

I think you will notice a difference much faster!

EveLHaelf
07-03-2009, 06:32 PM
I had no idea that there was a "c" calories and a "C" Calories. lol. I was always wondering why some machines woud say I burned x amount of kcals. :p

JayEll
07-03-2009, 07:05 PM
Let me tell you something, chickies...

I didn't become obese by drinking warm water.

OK? 'Nuff said. :lol:

Jay

rockinrobin
07-03-2009, 07:10 PM
Let me tell you something, chickies...

I didn't become obese by drinking warm water.

OK? 'Nuff said. :lol:

Jay

And I surely didn't get to my goal weight by simply making the switch to drinking ice cold water.

Jay, you nearly made me spit my room temperature water when I read that.

JulieJ08
07-03-2009, 11:29 PM
OTOH, to be the Devil's Advocate, I have seen many a post about how an extra 50 or 100 calories a day really count, because they add up. I personally think it's more important to realize what you can stick with than what burns/avoids a few calories. Repeatedly falling off track is more expensive in the long term. But, it's interesting how some 50 calories count and other 50 calories are considered trivial.

rockinrobin
07-04-2009, 05:57 AM
Quite frankly, I see SO many posts here at 3FC where the first thing the poster says they're going to do is start drinking more water as if that's the reason they're overweight. And let's face it, that's just not the case. Certainly ANY (& every) healthy habit added is a good one and should be commended, applauded and celebrated. But like Jay made VERY light of, for the most part - water consumption, too much, too little, wrong temp - shouldn't be the MAIN and solitary strategy when trying to lose weight.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for burning an extra calorie or 2 or 50! I certainly think it was an interesting article. I'd heard about it in the past and this article explained it really well. I love information and I'm sure lots of people enjoyed the article - myself included. :)

I personally think it's more important to realize what you can stick with than what burns/avoids a few calories. Repeatedly falling off track is more expensive in the long term.

Agreed.

JayEll
07-04-2009, 06:52 AM
Oh, drinking cold water does burn some calories because it gets heated up inside the body. But, the values in the article are estimated and calculated--that is, no one actually measured how many calories are burned by drinking 8 glasses of ice water in a day. It may depend on lots of individual factors--how big the person is, how fast they drink the water, what the temperature of the room is...

As for whether 50 calories count--of course they do. But most calorie values for foods are based on the set conditions of testing and are averaged out over many tests. One could easily be off by 50 calories either way in the course of a whole day, just because of normal variations in foods, amounts, etc. For example, FitDay says that an egg has 75 calories. Does this egg I have in my hand have exactly 75 calories? Probably not. To test it, I'd have to destroy the egg, and then I'd have to eat a different egg... :chin:

So, I accept that an egg has 75 calories and figure that it all evens out over time! Nutrition isn't an exact science, but we can come close enough for our purposes.

I say, drink ice water if you like, but stay away from McDonalds! :lol:

Jay

thisisnotatest
07-04-2009, 08:27 AM
After using a go wear fit for a while, I no longer believe ANY of those little things that are supposed to raise your calories burned.
For me, my calories drop down to my regular burn rate immediately after exercise; my burn rate also stays the same before, during, and after I eat. I'm actually a huge fan of ice, and no, I have seen no increase in weightloss, or my burn rate, (not even a little :( )

Tracy
07-04-2009, 10:54 AM
:woohoo:Something easy that helps burn calories! Thanks for sharing!:)

JulieJ08
07-04-2009, 12:03 PM
But like Jay made VERY light of, for the most part - water consumption, too much, too little, wrong temp - shouldn't be the MAIN and solitary strategy when trying to lose weight.

Yup. And luckily, no one even hinted at doing that.

kaplods
07-04-2009, 12:10 PM
Oh, drinking cold water does burn some calories because it gets heated up inside the body. But, the values in the article are estimated and calculated--that is, no one actually measured how many calories are burned by drinking 8 glasses of ice water in a day. It may depend on lots of individual factors--how big the person is, how fast they drink the water, what the temperature of the room is...

In a college human biology course (in 1985), our professor lectured on this, and negative calorie foods. If you adjust for the temperature's affect on metabolism, there are absolutely no zero calorie foods (even celery) and a pitcher of ice water (I don't remember if he used a 1 quart or 2 quart pitcher) has a whopping maximum impact of about one negative calorie.

The article's math is wrong, because it doesn't calculate in the effects of the ice water on the body's metabolism. It assumes that metabolism will stay constant during this process - and also assumes that the person's body temperature is remaining constant.

If one would use this flawed math, hot (temperature) foods and beverages would always have more calories than cold - BUT that's a bit like saying you will use less energy/electricity in the summer by using your air conditioner. Electric bills tell a different story. We use energy (burn calories) to cool our bodies as well.

The temperature inside our bodies and the temperature outside our bodies play a role here. If the external temperature is so hot that our bodies are working hard to keep us cool, ice water can make the job easier (would perhaps would result in burning fewer calories). Likewise, if the external temperature is cold enough that are bodies have to work to keep us warm, hot beverages would assist that (and might result in burning fewer calories). But even that is assuming that the "furnace" is not affected by the fuel that is being used (which is not the case).

Changing the temperature in the body can affect metabolism (the rate at which we burn fuel), and drinking cold beverages can lower body temperature. Some people have more efficient systems than others at maintaining a consistent body temperature, so this is going to affect different people to different degrees. It takes fewer calories to maintain a lower body temperature (fewer calories to heat and fewer calories to cool), and the temperature of foods/beverages can affect body temperature (at least temporarily).

There are also other processes in the body (all of which burn calories) that can be altered by our intake (both the quality and the quantity of the fuel), so some foods or beverages (or temperatures of each) can affect how many calories are burned by the cumulative effects of all those processes.

rockinrobin
07-04-2009, 02:28 PM
Yup. And luckily, no one even hinted at doing that.

Luckily.

kiramira
07-04-2009, 04:05 PM
Well. I don't know about y'all, but I'm off to have a huge bag of Doritos and 54 glasses of ice cold water...I figure it'll even itself out...

Kira

JulieJ08
07-04-2009, 07:23 PM
Luckily.

Sorry if I misled, poor choice of words - I don't really think had anything to do with luck :) YMMV

jendiet
07-04-2009, 08:02 PM
hmm.. I don't like ice cold water. Not easy on my tummy.

JulieJ08
07-04-2009, 08:12 PM
jendiet, me either. I get so many weird looks for asking for only a little bit of ice, or room temp water. Although, I like to eat ice. :)

rockinrobin
07-04-2009, 08:16 PM
Very weird with me. Back in my morbidly obese days and probably for the first year or so after switching to a healthy diet, I was a HUGE water drinker. And it had to be ice cold. I even kept my water pitcher in the freezer.

And this past year it's been an effort on my part to drink water. And for sure drinking it ice cold is out of the question. The only way I can get it down is if it's room temperature. Very strange switch for me.

JasmineH
07-04-2009, 08:54 PM
I'm all about green tea. If you brew your own, and drink 3-5 cup a day, you will naturally burn 80 extra calories a day. I chill mine in the fridge and drink it throughout the day.