Can water temperature affect weight loss?

Drinking more water is the simplest and cheapest way to lose those extra pounds. This simple action promotes weight loss since water has NO calories, and the best part is it makes you feel full.

Think about it... Whenever you drink water before a meal, you eat less. Since you eat less than you normally would when you feel hungry, you get to control your calorie intake. The result? Weight Loss.

In a 2011 study in the journal “Obesity”, it was concluded that drinking approximately 2 cups of water before meals, and a glass here and there throughout the day, will help you shed a few pounds.

But does it matter if you drink lukewarm or cold water? Is water temperature a factor? Hot or Cold? That is the question. Most people love drinking cold beverages, whether plain water or flavored. With ice, shaken, not stirred. It’s simply more refreshing and thirst-quenching.

During exercise, you start feeling flushed and fatigued due to exertion, and your body temperature increases. A glass of cold water will cool your body down more quickly. Why? It’s not only because the cold feeling in your mouth satisfies your thirst. It's because cold water is absorbed faster by the body. This increased hydration gives you a burst of energy and allows you to exercise longer.

Does the cold water help you burn more calories?

According to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, drinking cold water only burns an extra 8 calories. Nothing to rave about.

Cold Water Conclusion: Cold water is recommended during activities where you sweat a lot, such as during a workout. The quick rehydration increases your energy, allowing you to last longer – and therefore, burn more calories.

On the other hand, some say that room temperature water is more gentle on the body. Your system doesn’t get shocked by the sudden change in temperature caused by the intake of cold water. Warm water is good for stimulating blood flow when you have an inflammation or a headache, but it doesn’t help you lose weight.

Room Temperature Water Conclusion: Warm water doesn’t have an effect on weight loss, but is recommended to stimulate blood flow. Most people prefer drinking cold water. Forcing them to drink warm water might decrease their water intake, and prevent them from meeting their daily requirements.

According to The University of Manchester Medical Center, women need 9 cups of water daily for optimum performance, and men need about 14 cups a day. The requirement increases if you exercise regularly.

The Temperature doesn’t matter. Choose whichever you prefer, cold or room temperature water. What matters is that you drink and rehydrate often. Our body needs to be properly hydrated for increased energy. The temperature is not as relevant as the amount of water you drink.

If you’re not fond of drinking water, you can try “spicing” it up and make it more appealing to your taste buds. Add some lemon, cucumber, mint, or some Crystal Light powder.

To summarize:

  • Drinking water before meals help you eat less and control your calorie intake.
  • Cold water is absorbed by the body faster, and cools your body temperature more quickly during workouts.
  • Cold water only burns an extra 8 calories. Not too significant to make it the preferred temperature.
  • Room temperature water is good for stimulating the blood flow, when you have an inflammation or headache, for example.
  • The temperature of the water doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you stay hydrated and drink the required amount of water a day.
  • Hydrating keep you energized during workouts, allowing you to last longer and burn more extra calories.

Have a glass or thermos of water near you at all times. It’s good for you!

Do you prefer your water cold or room temperature? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

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