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Does Drinking More Water Help You Lose Weight?

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Sipping on some "high-quality H2O" (as Adam Sandler would call it in The Waterboy) may help you lose weight, especially if you combine it with other weight-loss-friendly habits like exercise and a balanced diet.

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No calories, carbohydrates, sugar, salt, or fat in water, unlike sugary sodas or sophisticated coffee drinks. Drinking it won't count toward your daily nutrient intake, which is great for weight loss.

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Water is more than a calorie-free drink. Some studies suggest that drinking water increases metabolism, so your body burns more calories at rest.

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One study in Nutrition & Diabetes found that drinking 16 ounces of water increases resting energy expenditure, indicating the body utilizes more calories.

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In addition to burning calories during rest, water may help you lose weight. A Frontiers in Nutrition study found that fat breakdown requires enough liquids. Without adequate hydration, your body may have trouble using fat as fuel.

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