Diet Myth 5

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Diet Myth 5

Drinking eight glasses of water a day will curb your appetite.

Even children know that you should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. It’s good for your health and it can help fill you up so that you don’t gorge on a whole packet of Tim Tams. Right?

An article published the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the common wisdom spouted about your tap reducing your waistline just doesn’t hold water.

“Drinking water is often applied as a dietary means for weight loss and overweight/obesity prevention, but no evidence-based recommendation exists for this indication,” the authors wrote.

One reason for the pervasiveness of this myth may be that people who drink water during a meal are less likely to drink higher-calorie beverages – and therefore would lose weight compared to their soda-guzzling friends. But it’s not clear if that theory is true, and it also doesn’t mean water makes us too full for that plate of fries.

As for the amount of water we’re advised to drink, if you’re curious as to why we’ve always been told eight is the magic number, you’re not alone.

“We don’t have any standards. There has been no scientific evidence that supports six is better than four or eight is better than six,” D’Avila said.

In reality, the number of glasses of water needed per day varies from person to person.

“The important thing is to stay hydrated,” D’Avila said.

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