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Drinking cold water increases calories burned; equal to 2.6 lbs per day for children
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 12:15 pm Email this article
Drinking roughly 8 ounces of cold water increased resting energy expenditure by 25% over baseline for more than 40 minutes in children who were approximately 10-years-old according to a study from Israel.
"It was previously demonstrated that drinking water significantly elevates the resting energy expenditure (REE) in adults, and that low water intake is associated with obesity and lesser success in weight reduction," the researchers noted.
"Consuming the recommended daily amount of water for children could result in an energy expenditure equivalent to an additional weight loss of about 1.2 kg per year [2.6 pounds per year]," the researchers concluded. REFERENCE
Dubnov-Raz G, Constantini N, Yariv H, Nice S, Shapira N. Influence of water drinking on resting energy expenditure in overweight children. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Jul 12, published early on-line.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr G Dubnov-Raz
Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle Clinic
The Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital
Sheba Medical Center
Tel Hashomer, Israel
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