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Does Drinking Cold Water Burn More Calories?

Hydration Help: When to Drink Cold, When to Drink Warm

Staying hydrated is essential to our bodies in order to perform all their necessary functions, but it's especially important for exercise and weight loss. Studies have shown that dehydrated people do fewer reps and tire more quickly because not having enough water lowers the hormone levels necessary for building muscles. Sipping on water also fills your belly, which can help you consume fewer calories. Aside from drinking enough water, the temperature of nature's beverage also matters.

On a recent episode of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, fitness trainer Chris Powell shared an excellent tip. He said to drink cold water to hydrate your body, but opt for warm water in order to stay full and help with weight loss.

While drinking a glass of cold water burns more calories than one at room temperature, it's only about eight calories, so it's not exactly a weight-loss miracle. Even though cold and warm water are equally hydrating, the idea behind drinking cold water is that since it's so cool and refreshing, it's more satisfying after a workout, so you're likely to drink more, which makes for more effective hydration.

Drinking a glass of warm or even hot water before a meal can make you feel fuller quicker, so you'll end up consuming less food. Actually, when you're feeling like snacking, sipping a glass of water first is a good habit to get into since dehydration symptoms like low energy, dizziness, and headaches are often mistaken for hunger. Drinking 16 ounces of water before meals has also been proven to help with weight loss, so there's another reason to keep that reusable bottle filled.

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