Study participants who chose water decreased daily calorie intake
A recent study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics indicated that choosing water over other drinks helps reduce calorie intake, which could lead to significant weight loss over time.
Conducted by a University of Illinois research team, the study included more than 18,000 U.S. adults. The team examined plain water consumption in relation to energy intake and diet quality. On average, participants drank 4.2 cups of plain water per day and consumed about 2,157 calories, which suggested that approximately 125 calories were consumed from sweetened beverages and approximately 432 calories were consumed from energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods such as ice cream, cookies and pastries.
The study, which was conducted from 2005 to 2012, revealed that the participants who drank more plain water in their daily diets consumed fewer total calories, avoided sweetened energy and sports drinks, and consumed less fat and sugar. The team discovered that simply by increasing water consumption by 1 to 3 cups per day, participants could decrease calorie intake by up to 205 calories per day.
Bengt Rittri, founder of water purification company Bluewater, said the latest findings help support earlier research that has shown the benefits of drinking plain water before meals and cutting down on sweetened beverages when it comes to controlling weight.
“Drinking more water—and especially tap water that has been purified by a Bluewater Spirit to remove nasty contaminants—is not only a good way to control weight, but is also a refreshing way to benefit overall health and keep our eyes sparkly and skin shiny,” Rittri said .
To read more about the study, visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jhn.12368/epdf.