The myth: Drinking water will help you shed pounds
The truth: While water doesn’t have magical properties, drinking water can help with weight loss by replacing bad habits. Though drinking cold water has shown to burn some calories, it’s not enough to say that it actually helps you lose weight. But sipping H20 is still important, says Sharma. “Drinking just before a meal has been shown to reduce hunger,” he notes. Keep in mind that water doesn’t contain any calories and won’t keep you feeling full—if you don’t follow water with food, you’ll be hungry again in 10 minutes.
Begg adds that drinking water is a good way to quench your thirst without chugging calories. “When you’re drinking calories, your body doesn’t recognize it the same way that it would if you ate that amount of calories as food,” she says. Drinking a glass of juice may be thirst-quenching, but it won’t satisfy your hunger the way a piece of fruit would.