Does drinking water on an empty stomach help reduce weight?

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  1. Vellur profile image91
    Vellurposted 7 years ago

    Does drinking water on an empty stomach help reduce weight?

  2. wewillmake profile image59
    wewillmakeposted 7 years ago

    I don't think so.... Drinking more water in empty stomach is not good for the health.. It can create many health problems also..

    1. Wesley Meacham profile image88
      Wesley Meachamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      While I agree that drinking water on an empty stomach will not help you lose weight, I'm highly critical of the statement that "It can create many health problems also..." How exactly can drinking water (excluding excessive amounts) be bad for you?

    2. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I do not understand how it will create health problems.

    3. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Agree with the others - and question how drinking water on an empty stomach is "not good for the health."

  3. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 7 years ago

    No, but drinking a glass of water with a meal will help fill you up so that you eat less than you would if not drinking water with your meal. This means you would potentially consume fewer calories and could lose weight over time.

    1. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. Water does help to fill up.

  4. sassydee profile image71
    sassydeeposted 7 years ago

    i know that well I read some facts about drinking water and it helping you loose weight, because if you drink water instead of other liquids it's just overall good for you.  However filtering your own water is best because then the good stuff in the water doesn't filter out like when it gets to filtered by the big water label comp., also a lot of the time your thirst gets mistaken for hunger!

    1. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You are absolutely correct. Thank you.

  5. am301986 profile image60
    am301986posted 7 years ago

    Since water is calorie-free and there is so much of it already in our bodies, it may seem as if it can't make a great difference in weight-loss efforts. However, it actually has the capacity to play an instrumental role in improving your health as well as helping you slim down.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Water is certainly an essential nutrient and drinking plenty of water is necessary for normal cellular metabolism - in that way, it could aid in maintaining a healthy body weight. Also, adequate hydration is necessary for proper bowel function.

    2. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Rightly said, I agree. Thank you.

  6. Tonipet profile image83
    Tonipetposted 7 years ago

    I've been into the habit of drinking 3 glasses of water first thing in the morning then followed by stretching, or sometimes nothing at all. I take breakfast after an hour. I'm glad that so far, things have been very good for almost 20 years now. Thanks Vellur.

    1. arksys profile image92
      arksysposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      i've heard this practice is really good for your health.

    2. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Tonipet for answering my question.

    3. nochance profile image91
      nochanceposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You should eat something starchy when you wake up, like toast or cereal. It will help you think clearer. Your brain has used up all of the carbohydrates it had in storage during the night so by morning your brain is basically starving.

    4. Tonipet profile image83
      Tonipetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You've heard it right, and I can prove how effective and healthy this practice is. Thank you for the comment arkys.

    5. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Tonipet. I will try this too.

    6. Tonipet profile image83
      Tonipetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, there are times I feel hunger upon waking up, so I eat cereal instead of my water. Thank you nochance:)

  7. Escobana profile image75
    Escobanaposted 7 years ago

    What would really help to reduce some weight is drinking water anyways, eating healthy and do serious work-outs with cardio training.

    It never comes easy but it's worth the hard work, it's good to stay fit and water has so many other positive effects on your health too:-)

    1. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed. Great wisdom in your answer. Thank you.

  8. girlgonestrong profile image59
    girlgonestrongposted 7 years ago

    It can help, but not much.  It also doesn't matter if you drink the water on a full or empty stomach.  The water isn't going to make you feel "satiated" so that you have less hunger and desire to eat less.  Hunger is primarily tied to the hormones ghrelin and leptin both of which are pretty much controlled by insulin.

    The primary impact of water on weight is the fact that lots of water allows you to more quickly eliminate sodium through the kidneys.  Once your sodium level drops your body will be able to eliminate even MORE water becuase it will not need to hold on to water in order to balance the sodium levels.  This second flow of water via excreetion will cause you to lose pounds on the scale and thus lose weight.

    Of course, this will cause the scale to go down, but it won't really help you because what you REALLY want to know is whether drinking water can help you lose FAT...not lose weight.  Where that is concerned, drinking water can only help minimally in that it will help all of your biochemical processes (most of which require water) to proceed more smoothly.

    Any benefits from drinking water will be destroyed, however, if you consume carbs.  Carbs boost insulin and chronically elevated insulin levels make us fat, period.  Insulin also has the curious effect of preventing the kidneys from excreting sodium in the urine!  So if your insulin levels are high and your drink the water, you won't get rid of the sodium, but will instead hoard it.  Then your body will hoard more water in order to balance it out and when you weigh yourself the number on the scale will increase!

    Get ahold of the book "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes and read it so you can understand the reason WHY people gain excess weight in the form of fat.  Then read the book "The Primal Blueprint" to find out how you can lose that extra fat without easily and keep it off.

    1. Escobana profile image75
      Escobanaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Very great and informative answer! Would be great if you stop by at all the comments on your Hub about strenght training for women too:-) Commenting back on Hubbers who like your work would be a beautiful act of gratitude.

      Again...loved your answer!

    2. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for answering my question in detail girlgonestrong.

      Dear Escobana I did not leave a comment here, but have left a fan mail and am following her!!!

    3. Escobana profile image75
      Escobanaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Vellur...the comment wasn't meant for you at all. I wasn't aware of the fact that you wrote a Hub about strength training for women and their benefits, too.

      Great question you asked and thanks for responding anyway:-)

    4. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi! Escobana I did not write any such hub!! Nice meeting you.

  9. harmony155 profile image67
    harmony155posted 7 years ago

    I've heard that drinking really cold water helps to lose weight. It takes energy to warm up your body after drinking a cold liquid -- this helps to shed a little weight.

    1. nochance profile image91
      nochanceposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's actually a myth.

    2. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with nochance.

  10. tirelesstraveler profile image74
    tirelesstravelerposted 7 years ago

    Drinking water helps you lose weight if you are hungry all the time. Hunger could be masking  dehydration, If you eat because you are bored water doesn't make much difference,.

    1. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      tireless traveller thank you for answering my question..

  11. Express10 profile image87
    Express10posted 7 years ago

    No, it will help with hunger pangs and defer them. Over the course of a week or more, if you were to drink mostly ice cold water and nothing else, you might burn up to 500 calories...but it takes burning at least 3500 to lose a pound. Short term, if you weigh yourself prior to drinking the water and stepped on a scale after, you would see your weight actually increase.

    1. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am not sure about this cold water bit.

    2. jclaffee profile image74
      jclaffeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It is true, cold water does illicit an increase in metabolic rate because the body must warm it before it can be used in bodily functions or interact with cells (enzymes can only function at a certain temperature).

  12. Vellur profile image91
    Vellurposted 7 years ago

    Thank you to all you hubbers who have taken the time to answer my question.

  13. wisdom25 profile image75
    wisdom25posted 7 years ago

    No it doesn't. That is a myth.  If you were fasting and eating once a day that can help you lose weight.

  14. nochance profile image91
    nochanceposted 7 years ago

    I don't believe so. Sometimes when you're feeling hungry you're actually thirsty. So drinking water can keep you from snacking between meals. Water also contains no calories making it much healthier than all other options. Juices contain important vitamins but they also contain a lot of sugar (make sure they are 100% juice). Milk is good but flavored milk contains a lot of sugar as well. Soda is almost entirely sugar. If you're drinking water you're not drinking these other options.

    If you want to lose weight you need to pay attention to how many calories you consume compared to how many you burn. Exercising helps immensely in this equation.

    1. K Kiss profile image78
      K Kissposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      drinking Juice is indeed good but it should be kept in mind that 100% juice also contains fructose - another means of gaining weight

    2. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes K kiss it is a pity though, I love fruit juices!!!

  15. sarahmoose profile image78
    sarahmooseposted 7 years ago

    It can help, but be careful not to substitute too often. I find that I often confuse thirst for hunger, and eat when I don't need to. If I think I'm hungry, I usually have a small glass of water or juice to see if it is thirst, then if I am still feeling hungry after 30 minutes I know I need to eat. However, I do drink in a morning and then wait for breakfast, purely because eating too soon after getting up makes me sick.

    1. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good idea - waiting to see if you are really hungry. An excellent idea in fact. Thank you.

  16. jclaffee profile image74
    jclaffeeposted 7 years ago

    Drinking water INSTEAD of other drinks is a sure bet to losing weight, however there's alot of myths out there. Remember body weight fluctates hour to hour due to water levels in the body. I know wrestlers that can sweat off 10 to 15 pounds of water weight in a matter of hours. There's a big difference between burning fat and playing around with body fluid concentration.

  17. Jordan Hake profile image85
    Jordan Hakeposted 6 years ago

    No. 
    While remaining hydrated is very important for weight loss (not to mention over-all health) drinking it on any empty stomach won't help:
    1smile It dilutes your stomach acids, making you need more food (more calories) for the same nutrition.
    2smile It may fill your stomach and help you to eat less, but it can also make you feel bloated.
    3smile Drinking more than a glass of water at a time is too much, and your body can't make proper use of that much fluid all at once.
    Hope this helps!

    1. Vellur profile image91
      Vellurposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, it does help.

 
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