Ask any trainer, fitness blogger, and weight loss coach to name their top 5 tips for weight loss and improved health, and you’ll likely find drinking more water near the top.
But why is this? Is it just folklore?
Over the years there, have been a number of good peer-reviewed clinical studies on the advantages of water for better skin (particularly for removing the bags under your eyes), weight loss, and improved health scores.
We hear “drink more water” all the time, but just how much is optimal, at what temperature, and why? Let's understand this so we can stick to more H2O!
According to the Mayo Clinic, the optimal amount for weight loss is 11.5 cups a day for women and 15.5 cups a day for men. Since we get some water from our foods (about 20 percent), let's make it easy here, and say we should all drink a minimum 3 liters of water a day to optimize our health, keep our metabolism boosted, and decrease fat.
Cold, Warm, or Hot?
Oddly enough, temperature matters in relation to weight loss. Research suggests that drinking cold water has a better metabolic punch than warm through a process called water-induced thermogenesis.
Depending on the publication, the estimated metabolic effect of increased cold water consumption is anywhere from 5-30%. A big range, yes, but for such a simple task, any of those percentages (even on the low end) are well worth the effort.
If you want to remove the bags from under your eyes, lose more weight, increase your energy, and improve your overall health, drink at least 3 liters of ice cold H2O every single day!