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Is drinking excessive amounts of water a good way to lose weight?

I've heard people say this works, but doesn't sound healthy or like it would work.qwe
Moderated by Katelyn Strauss 66 months ago
Asked by Amanda Lynn on Mar 9, 2011

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Rama lingam   L5: Authority   333 answers   +195 votes
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Drinking excess of water means giving excess of work load to our kidney and skin.It is always good to drink 7 or 8 litres per day which is the essential and recommended intake of water that helps our digestion and metabolism.Drinking required water also means preventing excessive intake of food in any form.It indirectly helps us to minimize the workload to our digestive system and thereby prevents extra fat from being stored in our body.

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Posted on Mar 9, 2011
Alan Hunter   L2: Contributor   4 answers   +1 votes
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My doctor advises that you should drink at least an amount of water equivalent to  3- 4 standard bottles of water. Don't forget that you get required liquids through drinking any kind of fruit drink (which will also supply particular vitamins), through the food that you eat, and coffee or tea if you partake of those.

Drinking large quantities of water will not do any significant good, and will simply be eliminated by the body through urination. The only "real" benefit is that by consuming large quantities of water, one will tend to feel "full" at meal times and you would naturally tend to eat less, ergo also tending to lose weight.

My two cents worth ....


Posted on Mar 9, 2011
hbardinelli   L2: Contributor   5 answers   +2 votes
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Drinking excessive amounts of water won't necessarily make you lose weight, but drinking enough water does have plenty of health benefits.  You should drink half your body weight in ounces each day in water.  As Alan mentioned, drinking water before meal time can help you to feel "full" and eat less.  I have found in my weight loss experience that drinking this amount of water has helped in several ways.  I often feel hungry and decide to drink water first because sometimes we confuse hunger and thirst.  More often than not, drinking water satisfies my craving for a morning/afternoon/evening snack!  Drinking enough water can also help you to lose water weight because you will be urinating more often.  And of course, water has no calories so it's a wonderful thing to replace soft drinks and other sugary drinks with!

Posted on Mar 10, 2011
Tom Samworth   L5: Authority   9 answers   +6 votes
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Beware of Hyponatremia - severe sodium loss brought on by too much water intake... Here's the Wikipedia version.

However, to accelerate metabolism and weight loss, drink at least 16oz of water immediately upon waking up in the morning. I have no scientific proof or reason but it is definitely a healthy habit..

Posted on Mar 10, 2011
Kathleen Murphy   L5: Authority   67 answers   +56 votes
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Tom's right, a relative of mine got hyponatremia and ended up in the hospital.  So even though water is really good four you, you do have to be careful not to drink too much.   

Posted on Mar 10, 2011
ketti peral   L1: Member   3 answers   +1 votes
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yeah drinking  water is good  for  lossing  weight  but its a  very slow procedure  for it..

Posted on Mar 12, 2011
nancy miclain   L1: Member   4 answers   +1 votes
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Posted on Mar 22, 2011
Peggy Schultz   L3: Expert   18 answers   +10 votes
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These have all been good responses and so I don't need to repeat them. There is another good reason to drink plenty of water every day. To help rinse the toxins out of you system. This will make you feel better keep you healthier. I have no proof, but I believe drinking a fair amount of water daily helped me lose the 35 pounds I lost in the last year and a half. My rule of thumb is afer what ever else I have to drink, I drink the same amount of water before drinking anything else. For instance a cup of coffee and then a cup of water, a glass of juice and then a glass of water. And of course I can also add more water into my day when ever I want.  

Posted on Mar 28, 2011
Linda Smith   L4: Guide   78 answers   +39 votes
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The best way to lose weight is to burn more calories that you take in through exercise, for at least 30 minutes a day, which could be riding a bike, or taking the dog for a walk. 6-8 glasses of water is healthy, depending on your activity. Strenous exercise, being in the heat an sun, are reasons for increasing your intake, due to loss of fluid and sodium through perspiration. A healthy diet that consists of fish, poultry, grains, fresh fruit and vegetables. Decrease the sodium intake will help with fluid retention.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011
Smriti Singh   L2: Contributor   1 answers   +0 votes
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"Excess of everything is bad", the smae applies to your query.A requisite amount of water is good for health and provide lots of additional benefits but not in Excess! Too mush water consumed causes hyponatremia ,a condition where their is insufficient sodium in blood.The sodium in our blood maintains our cell metabolism rate .But once you drink too much water,the sodium ions will decrease ,causing the brain cells to swell.This will cause pressure and lead to bleeding.

So I would only suggest water in necessary amounts.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011
Christine Rogacki   L2: Contributor   3 answers   +0 votes
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These are all great comments.  Drinking enough water is truly important for everyone whether they are trying to lose weight or not, but drinking too much water can really be harmful to you, especially if you drink too much water all at once.

Moderation works great with most everything in life.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011
Linda   L2: Contributor   68 answers   +16 votes
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While drinking plenty of water will help to keep your system flushed and detoxified, it can seriously be harmful. There is at least one reported case where a woman drank herself to death, on water, during a competition to see who could drink the most without having to go to the bathroom. The prize for this contest was a new car. Not quite worth the prize, at least in my mind.

Water can also fill up your stomach and keep you from over indulging in food, but this will not help you shrink your stomach, so you will have just as much space to fill up at your next meal. So while water may help you drop a few pounds based on it having zero calories, it is not a long term solution.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011
Audra Jones   L3: Expert   20 answers   +11 votes
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Absolutely not, you can deplete necessary electrolytes in your body. The sodium and potassim that your muscles need to move, your brain needs to function, and most important; your heart needs to beat. Plus you will become very tired of drinking it as well. Just stick to 4-6 eight oz glasses per day and watch your electrolytes.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011
Iris McCammon   L5: Authority   145 answers   +61 votes
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I will agree with the comments, excess of anything is not a good idea.  Losing weight needs to be done properly; which should include the right nutrients.  If you force your body it will push back and not in a good way.. 

Posted on Apr 28, 2011
Svetlana Sforza   L2: Contributor   6 answers   +0 votes
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I think excessive is a relative term and subject to the person in question.  People who have contantly vigorous workouts need way more than those that are sedentary, but neither should lapse on their intake.  What I advise is to get a stainless steel canteen (they come in all sizes, but I prefer 32 oz.) and fill that with filtered tap. 

Posted on May 3, 2011
sheng xuan   L1: Member   2 answers   +0 votes
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Posted on May 4, 2011
Virginia Lulham   L2: Contributor   12 answers   +1 votes
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Drinking water is a good way to lose weight to a certain point because the water flushes out the toxins in your body, allowing your body to function better and burn off fat. However, there are two things to watch for when increasing your water intake for weight loss: 1. Don't drink too much water. You can literally drown yourself by drinking too much water. You get rid of excess water,toxins, etc through sweat and urine. But if you drink more than a certain amount of water, you will begin to retain water and gain weight because your body can't get rid of it faster than it is taking it in. People have been know (rarely though) to die from too much water intake, but you have to drink several gallons of water a day for that to happen. Drinking 1 - 1.5 gal of water a day should be sufficient to aid in your weight loss goals.

2. Low potassium levels - Sweat and urine not only rid our bodies of excess fluids, but it also lowers our potassium levels. Low potassium can cause many health problems. So if you are increasing your water intake, then you need to balance it out with something high in potassium, such as a banana.

A little-known fact for losing water weight while maintaining healthy potassium levels is: dandelions. Dandelions are high in potassium. So if you are wanting to lose weight, make yourself a tea with some dandelion root in it and drink 2-3 cups of that every day. The herbal tea is mostly water, which aids in your goals, and the herbs in the tea contain many important nutrients which helps keep your body healthy during your weight loss campaign. Contact me via email if you are interested in an herbal tea specifically for weight loss.

Please read my article on this specific question to find out a couple of great ways to rasie water intake in a healthy way while not spending much money and not having to drink solely water, but also not drinking commercial sugars.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012
Virginia Lulham   L2: Contributor   12 answers   +1 votes
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Posted on Apr 15, 2012
Anjelene Lugtu   L2: Contributor   12 answers   +5 votes
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water can help your body to remove unwanted toxins but if you're dieting and taking water only every day, it's not good for your body because it also needs other's not a good choice to lose weight. it'll only kill you.

Posted on May 2, 2012

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