The Health Journal column in the Wall Street Journal (July 1, 2008) pointed up the ongoing
controversy about the advice we' ve heard so often: Drink eight 8 oz
glasses of water a day—to speed weight loss, and for overall optimal
Among the research cited by the WSJ column was Dr. Heinz Valtin' s
(Dartmouth Medical School) 2002 review of studies on drinking water in
the American Journal of Physiology. Dr. Valtin found that there was no
concrete scientific evidence to prove that 8 glasses a day achieves
either of the above-mentioned results.
One thing experts do agree on though, according to the Health
Journal column, is that individuals need different amounts of water
depending on the physical activity they are engaged in. For example, it
goes without saying that if you are exercising, you' ll need to drink
more water than if you are sitting at your desk doing paperwork.
Weighing in with a different slant, Weight Watchers recommends that
dieters drink 6 glasses of water a day, specifically to take the place
of snacking. Others in the dieting field also think that drinking water
helps people feel full. And some people just seem to feel better when
they drink more water.
Try this What about you? What evidence do you have that drinking a certain
amount of water each day leads to speedier weight loss or contributes
to your overall health? Do some research (on yourself) and see the
outcome. Does it match the skeptics or the converted?