Can we beat obesity by drinking more water?

13-Apr 2014, by Kevin McNally

Beat obesity with waterHere’s the 3rd part of our mini series of articles on water and it’s importance towards having a healthier body and weight loss. We’ve covered how important drinking plenty of water is in the weight loss process in a previous article and this post from Nestle Waters is one which we wholeheartedly support.

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Obesity is soaring…

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has established an International Classification of adult underweight, overweight and obese according to BMI : normal range: 18.50-24.99, overweight ≥25.00, obese ≥30.00.

The WHO’s latest projections indicate that globally in 2005 approximately 1.6 billion adults (aged 15+) were overweight and at least 400 million adults were obese. It also further projects that by 2015, approximately 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese.

At the individual level, people can practise physical activities and adopt good eating habits. Among them, reducing the intake of added sugars from what we eat and drink is highly recommended. The recommendation of the American Heart Association is that the daily intake of added sugars shouldn’t represent more than 100 calories for a woman and 150 calories for a man.

Prioritize water!

Water has no calories and is to be privileged as the first source of hydration when you want to manage your weight. In addition, preliminary research among overweight adults who are dieting as part of a healthy lifestyle, suggests that drinking water as the first source of hydration would result in weight loss (4-5).

Combined with physical activity, drinking water would also help to increase fat oxidation. Intervention studies conducted at school showed that schoolchildren who are drinking water as the first source of hydration would stabilize their weight.

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