An article to be published in the June 2008 issue of the American Society of Nephrology reveals some startling facts about how we drink water. The findings are that there is no evidence backing the claim that drinking extra amounts of water has health benefits.
After a review of all the clinical studies on this topic, medical researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that two categories of people do benefit from increased intake of water: those in hot, dry climates, and those with certain diseases. But for average, healthy people, there is no study showing that people do better when they drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day. For example, there is no proven benefit for organ functioning, weight loss, headaches, or skin tone.
The article, entitled "Just Add Water" is now available online at http://jasn.asnjournals.org.
We can all learn from this revelation. The conclusions some doctors are drawing from it is that people should drink when they are thirsty, and not force it due to any preconceived prescriptions - those prescriptions seem to be unfounded.
In the same way, diet advice abounds, but it takes so many varied forms, and they can't all be true. Use the water report as a wake-up call.
So: get a physical check-up. See what your individual health needs are. Then, make a weight loss diet plan based on your health needs, preferences, beliefs, lifestyle, convenience, and taste. This is what will get you to your weight loss goal. Base your weight loss plan on these personal factors, and you can't go wrong.