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Water aiding in weight loss.

Question Posted Tuesday August 7 2012, 5:33 pm

I read that if the only drink you have is water for a week, you could lose weight. Because it helps release the water weight your body holds onto when you drink sugary drinks. I don't know if I believe this. I may not even be understanding it correctly. If you've heard of this or did it, could you tell me about it. How does it work? What exactly does it do? Thanks.

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VoiceofReason answered Wednesday August 15 2012, 8:35 pm:
The water diet is just another fad diet with no science to back it up. The only way to lose weight is to burn up more calories than you take in. I'm on a 1500 calories a day diet and I've lost 50 pounds thus far. The only thing drinking large quantities of water will do is make you urinate more often.

Mind you, water is better, for a whole raft of reasons, than soft drinks which often use aspartame, a neurotoxin in big enough doses and the cans are lined with a substance called BPA that has its own adverse health effects. Also, studies have connected a greater intake of cola drinks with things like a bigger chance of contracting bowel cancer.

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sizzlinmandolin answered Wednesday August 8 2012, 11:45 am:
Xenolan hit it right on the money. Just about every single diet out there is a gimmick because the only true way to affect your weight is by controlling your calories. Most diets, like low-carb for example, are just another way to cut calories. Drinking water helps people lose weight because it has 0 calories as opposed to something else that you may be drinking. If you're interested in losing weight, check out [Link](Mouse over link to see full location). If you make an account, you can input your height and weight as well as what you eat and how much you exercise. It keeps track of your calories for you so you don't have to count them yourself. I lost 12 pounds in 2 months and I'm still blown away at how easy it was. You hear people complaining about how hard it is to lose weight all of the time and I think they're having a hard time simply because they're doing it wrong! Don't believe any of these weight loss gimmicks. The only reason any of them work is because they involve a cut in calories. It's hard to maintain a diet when you cut out certain foods. When you're counting calories you can eat whatever you want as long as you don't eat more calories than you're supposed to each day. I lost 12 pounds while eating pizza, cheeseburgers, and cake. No joke. Even though you can eat poorly and still lose weight, you should still try to maintain a healthy diet. You can be skinny and unhealthy, which is almost as bad as being overweight and unhealthy. Make sure you're responsible and if you're female you consume at least 1200 calories per day and if you're male 1500. Any less than that could be dangerous. If you're going to try to lose weight good luck!

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Xenolan answered Tuesday August 7 2012, 6:23 pm:
You can certainly lose weight by switching to water as opposed to soft drinks. It's not because of some weird biochemical reaction which makes your body release retained water; it's because you're cutting out what is, for many people, a significant source of calories. Coca-cola has lots of calories; water has none. It's really that simple. But in order for it to be truly effective over the long term, you'll have to do two things: one, make sure you don't take in more calories elsewhere; and two, keep it up for longer than a week. One week isn't enough time to effect any more than a very, very temporary change in your weight.

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