To stay adequately hydrated, you should drink approximately three quarts (96 ounces) of water a day. For weight loss, you should drink an additional 8 ounces of water for every 25 pounds you are over your ideal body weight. Also, water consumption should be increased in hot climates or during vigorous exercise.
Please note; water will not cause you to lose weight alone. Weight loss always requires modification of your daily calorie intake. While hydration may make this process more efficient, in order to lose, you need to reduce calories below your maintenance level.
Benefits of Water
Improves endocrine (hormone) function
Increases metabolic function
Drastically declines appetite
Increases fat used for energy
Liver function improves
Decreases fluid retention
Increases natural thirst
Be a loser by drinking more water!
A Virginia Tech study found that people who drank two eight ounce servings of water before eating food lost weight. Brenda Davy, PhD, the head author of the study went as far as deeming it an "effective weight loss strategy". Essentially, what the researchers found, people who downed the water before consuming their food ate 75 to 90 less calories each meal.
Drinking ice water will simply melt the pounds away?
Yes, drinking ice water can cause your body to burn more calories. This happens because your body works to warm itself after drinking it. However, upon further research your body will only burn around a hundred additional calories after drinking an entire gallon of ice water. Well, I negated that earlier today by simply eating a fun sized mini-snickers bar. You get my point?
Matthew Johnson (Google+) is a certified personal trainer, nutrition expert and an on-line fitness consultant that started ChangingShape.com back in 2001.