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    Jul 12, 2013

    Drink more water to shed kilos

    DIETERS who drink more water lose more weight, according to a new review of several studies.

    Dr Rebecca Muckelbauer, a researcher at the Berlin School of Public Health, Charite University Medical Centre Berlin, led the review of the studies. She and her colleagues examined 11 studies on weight and water consumption.

    Three of the studies showed that increased water intake among dieters was tied to greater weight loss.

    A study led by Dr Brenda Davy, a professor at Virginia Tech, found that middle-aged and older adults who drank two cups of water before a meal lost 1.81kg more than a group that didn't drink the extra water.

    Another study found that women who increased their water consumption while they were dieting lost more weight than those who kept it below 1 litre a day.

    One possibility, said Prof Davy, is that water could curb feelings of hunger.

    Dr Muckelbauer said "water-induced thermogenesis" is another possibility.

    The idea is that "drinking water increases energy expenditure by your body. It has an energy-consuming effect", she said.

    The Institute of Medicine in the United States recommends that adults consume between 2.7 litres and 3.7 litres of water a day. This can be in the form of food, plain water or other beverages.