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Does drinking water help you lose weight?

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Water is one of the most essential tools for weight loss, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Although there have been few studies on the subject and it is not perfectly clear why it helps weight loss, the benefits of water are numerous, states WeightLossForAll.com.

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Some researchers argue that water simply speeds the feeling of fullness if drunk before meals, leading to eating less. Other experts claim that it increases metabolism, especially ice cold water because your body burns calories warming it up. WebMD explains that water also has many other benefits, such as raising energy levels, helping supply oxygen to the muscles, lubricating joints and aiding in digestion, making it easier to get rid of waste and toxins created by burning calories. The Institute of Medicine suggests at least 2.7 liters of total water for women and 3.7 liters of total water for men each day. This total intake includes water that is gained by foods such as melons, cucumbers and tomatoes along with other drinks. However, it is best to avoid sugary, high-calorie drinks. Also note that caffeine and alcohol acts as a diuretic, so drink more water to make up for what these drinks let out. Furthermore, water is lost through sweating, make sure to compensate when exercising.

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