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      From Science Daily

      Drinking a lot of water is often advised to those who are trying to lose weight, but a nutrition expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says it is not the magic bullet to weight loss.

      "There is very little evidence that drinking water promotes weight loss; it is one of those self-perpetuating myths," said Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor of nutrition sciences. "I'm not saying drinking water isn't good; but only one study showed people who drank more water burned a few extra calories, and it was only a couple of extra calories a day."

      Kitchin says another water myth is the consumption rule: eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

      "Yes, people do need to get fluids; but it does not have to be water," Kitchin said. "There's no evidence that it melts away fat or makes you feel fuller, so if you don't like water it's OK."

      While Kitchin says water is the best hydrator, fluid replacement does not have to be in the form of water. For those who do not like to drink water, Kitchin suggests:
      • Drinking a diet soda or green tea
      • Mixing mineral water with juice
      • Adding a low-calorie powdered beverage mix to water
      • Also, Kitchin says coffee and other caffeinated beverages do hydrate.


      "People think coffee doesn't count, but actually it does," Kitchin said. "When you drink coffee, your body is retaining much of that fluid -- especially for people who are habituated to drinking caffeine, as the body adapts, resulting in a reduced loss of fluids."

      A final water myth Kitchin wants to put to rest is that the temperature of drinking water affects weight loss chances.

      "You will hear that ice-cold water helps burn extra calories," Kitchin said. "While there may be a few extra calories lost, it won't be nearly enough to make a dent in your weight-loss endeavors."
      If losing weight is the goal, Kitchin suggests trying long-running weight management programs based on real research -- like EatRight by UAB or Volumetrics.

      "These plans were built on the premise that if you eat lower-calorie, 'heavier' foods, you're not going to magically lose 25 more pounds than somebody on different diet, but it might help you feel fuller and not hungry," Kitchin said. "While drinking water may not help you lose weight, a focus on eating foods with high water content like fruits, veggies and broth-based soups can."

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      Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0312132315.htm
      Comments 12 Comments
      1. kenan_hower's Avatar
        kenan_hower -
        Drink diet soda and tell me how your body feels. This article is loaded in fallacies and makes me question the credibility of this app for even allowing it. Water is used as a filtration system for your body. To drink water is necessary for optimal athletic performance. To say anything different is idiotic. Juice is loaded in sugar that spikes insulin levels and allows weight gain. Diet soda is worse than regular soda and is absolutely terrible for you. Carbonation decreases calcium I. Bones. Terrible. Terrible article
      1. kenan_hower's Avatar
        kenan_hower -
        Diet should be about health not something as superficial as weight loss.
      1. rhoadx's Avatar
        rhoadx -
        Originally Posted by kenan_hower View Post
        Drink diet soda and tell me how your body feels. This article is loaded in fallacies and makes me question the credibility of this app for even allowing it. Water is used as a filtration system for your body. To drink water is necessary for optimal athletic performance. To say anything different is idiotic. Juice is loaded in sugar that spikes insulin levels and allows weight gain. Diet soda is worse than regular soda and is absolutely terrible for you. Carbonation decreases calcium I. Bones. Terrible. Terrible article
        Bolded is total b.s. show one peer reviewed unbiased study to back this up.
      1. jun1e8ugs's Avatar
        jun1e8ugs -
        They post all sorts articles and let you decide what is sh*t and what is good.
      1. jun1e8ugs's Avatar
        jun1e8ugs -
        Originally Posted by rhoadx View Post
        Bolded is total b.s. show one peer reviewed unbiased study to back this up.
        Why don't you just do your own due diligence and find some for yourself. It's out there. Besides, how many obese people have you seen sucking down diet pop and having no success of their "diet"? Lots. I agree that diet soda can be a nice, (for a lower calorie mixer for booze), but other than the occasional drink, it tastes like ****, is linked to all sorts of undesirable things, and makes you look like a weak ass *****. Just have the real thing as a "treat", the way pop was meant to be drunk anyway. If you are looking for a habit drink- choose water.
      1. sfull006's Avatar
        sfull006 -
        Yeah, this article is complete garbage. Anyone recommending drinking diet soda instead of water should be beaten senseless. The sad thing is there are a lot of people out there that will see something like this and embrace it as truth. Many people can't filter through this crap using their own common sense. People love to hear that their bad habits are ok.
      1. nemix's Avatar
        nemix -
        Just remember a lot of those artificial sweetners and flavorings might be in your preworkout, protein, branched chains,etc. As well
      1. jun1e8ugs's Avatar
        jun1e8ugs -
        Originally Posted by nemix View Post
        Just remember a lot of those artificial sweetners and flavorings might be in your preworkout, protein, branched chains,etc. As well
        That's a good point. At this point, I have shunned everything except for natural quick energy foods and coffee or green tea for "pre workout". What's funny is that I still work out just as hard and continue to improve without all the supplement money pits.
      1. Rarchib's Avatar
        Rarchib -
        Originally Posted by nemix View Post
        Just remember a lot of those artificial sweetners and flavorings might be in your preworkout, protein, branched chains,etc. As well
        True. I think just about any protein I've taken has had sucralose as an ingredient
      1. Adrena1ine's Avatar
        Adrena1ine -
        Originally Posted by rhoadx View Post
        Bolded is total b.s. show one peer reviewed unbiased study to back this up.
        While I doubt there is any scientific study comapring the two directly, there is enough evidence on aspartame and sucrulose to back his claim. The part that totally blew me away was about the coffee. What a god damn joke...
      1. Markos4's Avatar
        Markos4 -
        Originally Posted by kenan_hower View Post
        Drink diet soda and tell me how your body feels. This article is loaded in fallacies and makes me question the credibility of this app for even allowing it. Water is used as a filtration system for your body. To drink water is necessary for optimal athletic performance. To say anything different is idiotic. Juice is loaded in sugar that spikes insulin levels and allows weight gain. Diet soda is worse than regular soda and is absolutely terrible for you. Carbonation decreases calcium I. Bones. Terrible. Terrible article
        You also forgot the artificial sweeteners in diet soda which are dangerous if taken in large quantities
      1. determinator's Avatar
        determinator -
        Originally Posted by kenan_hower View Post
        Drink diet soda and tell me how your body feels. This article is loaded in fallacies and makes me question the credibility of this app for even allowing it. Water is used as a filtration system for your body. To drink water is necessary for optimal athletic performance. To say anything different is idiotic. Juice is loaded in sugar that spikes insulin levels and allows weight gain. Diet soda is worse than regular soda and is absolutely terrible for you. Carbonation decreases calcium I. Bones. Terrible. Terrible article
        Exactly what I was thinking while reading through this article.

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