Adequate water intake is essential for all your body’s functions, and the more you
drink, the better your chances of staying thin. In one University of Utah study,
dieting participants who were instructed to drink two cups of water before each
meal lost 30 percent more weight than their thirsty peers. And you can magnify the
effect by adding ice. German researchers found that six cups of cold water a day
could prompt a metabolic boost that incinerates 50 daily calories. That’s enough
to shed five pounds a year!
BEVERAGE BONUS: Drinking water is always a smart idea, but there are some beverages
that should be avoided at all costs. Protect yourself—and your waistline—from the
20 Worst Drinks in America.