Oakland study links water consumption to weight loss

drinking water`If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, drinking water may be an easy and healthy way to start,` said Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute scientist Jodi Stookey in a statement released Thursday.

While studying the impact of water consumption on weight loss, researchers in Oakland discovered drinking at least four glasses of water each day in place of sugary beverages can help dieters lose additional weight, the institute reported.

According to the study, 70 percent of the 240 over-weight women studied frequently drank at least one sugary beverage each day before following popular diet plans. At the end of the yearlong study, researchers found that women who drank water instead of sugary drinks lost three additional pounds on average.

`Some of the women in our study lost up to 20 additional pounds, which is a substantial amount of weight for most people who just want to shed a few extra pounds,` said Stookey.

`If the cells in our bodies are well hydrated, we may be able to burn more calories,` she added.

While Stookey believes `more research needs to be done to determine the exact mechanism of how water stimulates weight loss,` she said this research `provides new evidence that links water consumption to weight loss.`

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