Does Drinking Cold Water Help You Lose Weight?

You Should Know – The Big C And The Small c

Adding ice to your glass of water is definitely refreshing but can it really help you lose weight? Increase metabolic rate? Yes, cold water can increase the metabolic rate. But Beth Kitchin of The University of Alabama at Birmingham says that the difference between the warm water-induced thermogenesis and cold water-induced thermogenesis is so meager that it cannot influence the scale. Let me explain.

If you ever check the labels on various foods, you can find calorie information. But what most of us do not understand is that there is a difference between the big C and the small c.  Calories (big C) is the amount of energy present in the food while calories (small c) is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 gm water by 1 degrees Celsius. Basically, Calories and calories are different. The relationship between Calories and calories is 1 Calorie = 1000 calories (small c). For example, if you consume 20 Calories, it invariably means that you have consumed 20,000 calories.

Similarly, when you drink 500 ml cold water at zero degrees celsius and your body is at 37 degrees celsius, your body will burn 17,508 calories to raise the temperature of the water. But if you observe, the calorie is spelled with a small c and when you convert it to big C, it becomes 17.5 Calories only! So basically drinking 2 liters of cold water a day will help you burn only 70 Calories. Sounds like the not-so-cool deal after all! So, does warm water help in weight loss? Let’s find out.

Cold Water Vs Warm Water For Weight Loss

Now, let’s compare cold water and warm water to find out which one actually aids weight loss. According to science, warm water helps delay its absorption thereby making you feel full for longer. But cold water is absorbed quickly, which makes you feel hungry after a short while. But, cold water is more palatable as compared to hot water. Therefore, you will consume more water, but that will not guarantee you weight loss. Neither does drinking warm water. So, what should you do to lose that extra flab? Find out in the next section.