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Nutrition Today:
doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3181fe15a8
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Drinking Water and Weight Management

Stookey, Jodi D. PhD

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Abstract

This review summarizes the evidence base for recommending drinking water for weight management. Crossover experiments consistently report that drinking water results in lower total energy intake when consumed instead of caloric beverages, because individuals do not eat less food to compensate for calories in beverages. Crossover experiments also consistently report that drinking water results in greater fat oxidation compared with other beverages, because drinking water does not stimulate insulin. In intervention studies, advice to drink water is associated with reduced weight gain in children and greater weight loss in dieting adults. Although gaps in knowledge remain about specific effects of drinking water on weight loss in children and obesity prevention in adults, there is a strong evidence base for recommending drinking water for weight management

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