Drink THIS and You May Be Skinnier

Drink more water. It could be a dieter's secret weapon!

Well-hydrated adults weigh less, reports HealthDay News of research from the University of Michigan Medical School.

The study: Led by Dr. Tammy Chang, the team analyzed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2012. Nearly 10,000 participants, all of whom ranged in age from 18 to 64, provided urine samples for this survey. Based on that, the Michigan team assessed each person's water intake as adequate or inadequate. Nearly one-third were considered inadequately hydrated.

The results:

  • Those who didn't consume enough water had a higher body mass index (BMI) than those who did drink enough water. BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height.

  • Those who were poorly hydrated had a 50 percent greater chance of being obese than those who were properly hydrated.

  • Even when such factors as age, gender and income were counted, the link held.

How does water help you stay thinner? It's not exactly known, but the researchers speculate that drinking water may make you feel fuller so you eat less and don't gain as much weight. In addition, someone who properly hydrates may also eat an overall healthier diet.

How can you tell if you're hydrated? Pay attention to the color of your urine. If it is a very light color that almost resembles water, you are drinking enough water. If it is dark yellow, you need to drink more water.

Important caveat: While the study shows that hydration might impact weight, it doesn't prove it; however, it does show that a diet that includes more water is likely associated with a healthier weight.

The study findings were published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

--From the Editors at Netscape

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