Drinking more water can aid weight loss, research reveals

Back in January, Yorkshire Water joined forces with the NHS to encourage people to drink more water.

A YouGov survey revealed that people living in Yorkshire drink on average less than one litre of pure water per day, but if they drank more water this could help lose up to five pounds in weight.

The findings aim to highlight the health benefits of staying well hydrated. We supported this year’s Dry January campaign by encouraging people to drink not only less alcohol, but also more water.

According to medical research, by increasing water intake by 1.5 litres a day, over the course of one year this could burn up to an extra 17,400 calories, equating to a weight loss of approximately five pounds. This is because when the body is well hydrated, toxins are effectively eliminated from the body, which would otherwise potentially cause weight gain or become a barrier to weight loss.

A YouGov survey of 2,000 people revealed that, on average, people in Yorkshire drink just 0.8 litres of pure water per day, prompting the NHS to encourage people to drink more water.

Lynn George, Clinical Dietetic Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Water is one of the best fluids to drink as it is 100% fluid and does not contain sugar, calories, caffeine, additives or acid which can be found in other fluids. Individual fluid needs vary widely depending on many factors including body size and weight, the environment and levels of physical activity. During exercise and in hot weather, additional fluid is required. Sweat losses can be up to 3 litres per hour in extreme conditions.”

Public health guidelines (The European Food Safety Authority) state that women should drink 1.6 litres of fluid per day and men two litres to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Other findings revealed that 12 per cent of people never drink pure water in an average day and that over a quarter of people drink less than half a pint of pure water each day. Only 16 per cent of those surveyed typically drink more than three pints of water each day.

Susan Gee, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “The average adult loses around 10 cups of water every day simply by breathing, sweating, urinating and eliminating waste. The results of this survey reveal that most people don’t drink as much fluids, and especially water, as they should. Drinking too much coffee or alcohol is not recommended as both act as a diuretic, which means they take water out of the body and can dehydrate. When the body is dehydrated it means it cannot eliminate toxins as effectively and this can lead to weight gain or become a barrier to weight loss.”

As well as getting water from fluids, food such as lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and broccoli are made up of over 90 per cent water and are great sources to help meet your daily intake target of 6-8 glasses.