Does Drinking Cold Water Actually Aid Weight Loss?

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There is never a shortage of conflicting information when it comes to weight loss and all the different things a person can do to help facilitate more calories lost. Many swear by low carb eating, while others go full Keto and embrace the full fat and protein diet, while others simply try to embrace a balanced lifestyle of healthy eating and moderate exercise.

One that that has always remained a constant in living a healthy lifestyle, no matter what diet or exercise program you follow,  you should be drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. However even that has become confusing over the years!

First it was recommended that the water you drink should be room temperature, then warm, and then it was suggested that drinking ice water would actually aid in weight loss.

So what's the real truth?

The idea was that drinking cold water would boost your metabolism because your body would need to work harder to warm it up after consuming the ice water. While technically this is true, experts are warning people that drinking ice water isn't the magic weight loss solution some have made it out to be.

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In fact, the amount of calories you will actually burn by drinking ice water is pretty small. According to How Stuff Works, you may burn as little as 17 calories by drinking a 16 oz glass of ice water. That doesn't mean that it's bad to drink ice cold water, it just means that if you're counting on it for weight loss, you may be disappointed. Cold water is known to increase circulation and may make you more ready for exercise, so that's also a bonus.

While drinking cold water won't be a magic weight loss remedy, drinking water and being properly hydrated is a big part of weight loss. You should aim to drink between 2 and 4 litres of water every day, whether it be hot, cold or room temperature. Water can help fill you up, causing you to eat less, and it also helps to flush toxins out of your body while keeping your metabolism active.

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