We’ve all heard again and again about the benefits of drinking lots of water. Adequate hydration can help your energy levels, give you clearer skin and cleanse out any toxins in your body.
It’s unsurprising, therefore, that a recent study has unheaerthed yet another benefit of water; helping keep your Body Mass Index (BMI) under control.
The Link Between Water And Your BMI
The study, which was published in the Annals of Family Medicine, analysed data from 9,500 adults enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. This survey analysed the eating habits of the participants as well as their hydration levels by looking at the concentration of their urine.
The results of the analysis were surprising; participants who had higher BMIs tended to be less hydrated.
“Staying hydrated is good for you no matter what, and our study suggests it may also be linked to maintaining a healthy weight,” said lead author Tammy Chang, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan.
“Our findings suggest that hydration may deserve more attention when thinking about addressing obesity on a population level,” she added, referring to the obesity epidemic that has swept through America.
While research is yet to identify the exact relationship between water consumption and a lower BMI, or weight loss, there are several theories.
One theory is that when people drink water before a meal they tend to be less hungry and consume less calories. Water also helps the body breakdown and process food better, leading to a better use of foods consumed and therefore less fat build up.
Additionally, people with higher BMIs may need more water to be distributed through their bodies, making the amount they need to consume greater than people with lower BMIs.
Whatever the reason, it can’t be denied that drinking more water can never be a bad thing. Be sure to drink 6-8 glasses a day.
If that seems like too much, include water rich foods like fruits, soups and juices in your diet.
Of late, flavoured water has also become popular; head here to find out more about herb, spice and fruit infused water to see how you can up your hydration game.