Drinking Water Can Speed Weight Loss

There is one thing your weight loss plan most certainly recommends — water. Our weight loss program helps you lose weight fast, but I wanted you to know that water, (especially pH water) is very important to your weight loss efforts.

From the veggie-based Ornish diet to steak-loving Atkins (and virtually all diets in between) “drink lots of water” is part of the mantra. We don’t use either, as our weight loss plan is unique, but water is a part of any good, reasonable weight loss management plan.

And lately, there is some scientific evidence that H2O really does help you lose weight. Researchers in Germanyreport that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories. The impact is modest and the findings are preliminary, but the researchers say their study could have important implications for weight-control programs.

Eight Glasses a Day

   Despite the fact that most “diets” call for drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, few studies have been done to determine if the practice actually speeds weight loss.

In an effort to answer this question, Michael Boschmann, MD, and colleagues from Berlin’s Franz-VolhardClinicalResearchCentertracked energy expenditures among seven men and seven women who were healthy and not overweight.

After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes. I recommend you drink at least 17 ounces of pH water every 30 minutes and find out what happens to your weight. Do that for at least a month, then tell me your results.

The study also showed that the increase in metabolic rate differed in men and women. In men, burning more fat fueled the increase in metabolism, whereas in women, an increased breakdown of carbohydrates caused the increase in metabolism seen.

The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day (that’s about four 12 oz. glasses) would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately five pounds. They note that up to 40% of the increase in calorie burning is caused by the body’s attempt to heat the ingested water. The findings are reported in the December issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


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