Staying hydrated aids weight management

Article written by Free health remedies

alternativehealthreporter july 2016Although dietitians have recommended that their clients consume more water when feeling hunger pangs, new evidence has now proved that this method works. A study conducted with over 10,000 participants from the ages of 18-64 proved that staying hydrated was the key to weight management.

The lead author of the study Dr Tammy Chang, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School said that “Staying hydrated is good for you no matter what, and our study suggests it may also be linked to maintaining a healthy weight. Our findings suggest that hydration may deserve more attention when thinking about addressing obesity on a population level.”

Studies done in the past, showed results that showed weight gain and weight loss. According to Chang this was due to how hydration was measured. “Water consumption is not an ideal measure of hydration. The amount of water it takes to stay hydrated depends on your body size and many other factors like your activity level and the climate you live in. Imagine if you were a landscaper in Arizona versus a receptionist in Michigan. The amount of water it takes to stay hydrated will be drastically different.”

In this case Chang and her research team, looked at how hydrated their participants where as opposed to how much water they drank. This was measured by the concentration of their urine. Her team found that staying well hydrated, helped the heart pump more blood to muscles that in turn worked more efficiently and therefore added in weight management.