Water Intake Crucial for Weight Loss

Udpated: 5/21/18 pitcher

Improving overall hydration is a common tool used in weight loss. How important is your water intake?

A 2016 study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, found a significant link between inadequate hydration and obesity.

The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between hydration and weight status among U.S. adults, and examined a sample from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2012 to compare hydration levels with BMI.  Urine osmality was used to assess hydration levels, allowing for a more accurate analysis, as this is a more effective measure of hydration levels than water intake alone because it factors in water and solutes consumed from other beverages and foods.  From the sample, about 32% of individuals were considered inadequately hydrated, and were found to have higher BMI's and greater odds of being obese compared to the hydrated adults.

Overall, this study determined a significant association between proper water intake and weight management.  These results emphasize the importance of consuming adequate amounts of water while following a weight loss program.

How much water do you consume in a day?

Original Article Here: http://www.annfammed.org/content/14/4/320.full.pdf+html