People who drink extra water consume fewer calories, according to researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The longitudinal National Health and Nutrition Examination Study looked at data from 18,000 people who reported what they ate and drank over a day.
Researchers discovered that people who drank one extra cup of water a day ate 68 fewer calories. Those who drank three extra cups a day consumed 205 fewer calories, which translates to losing half a pound a week.
According to Ruopeng An, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (via Today), “When you drink plain water it gives you satisfaction so you tend to eat less food,” and “when people consume plain water they tend to substitute it for sugar-sweetened beverages.”
Adding extra water to one’s diet helps people irregardless of race or gender.
An added, “The impact of water consumption seems to be pretty homogenous across subgroups. This study indicates the importance of drinking plain water.”