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Does Drinking Water Really Help You Lose Weight?


It appears that the answer is yes. Sometimes we confuse thirst with hunger and we end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really what our body needs. Therefore, it’s important to drink enough water to keep your body hydrated so that you don’t confuse hunger with being thirsty. Water is also important for your overall health. In addition to staving off hunger, it helps maintain the balance of body fluids, keeps your skin looking good, aids kidney function and helps maintain normal bowel function. How much water or no-calorie beverages should you drink daily? Most experts agree that 7 - 8 8oz. glasses a day is the appropriate amount for most people. “If you don't like plain water, try adding citrus or a splash of juice, or brew infused teas like mango or peach, which have lots of flavor but no calories,” says Cynthia Sass, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

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