Lose Weight by Drinking Ice Water?
Yes, it’s true. By drinking ice cold water you can lose weight. Here’s how (with a mini physics lesson):
When we drink ice water our bodies have to heat that water to maintain our normal body temperature. So, from ice water at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) our bodies have to heat it to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degress Celsius).
The formula calculate the amount of energy in calories that it takes to hea that water we need this formula:
1 calories = the amount of energy required to heat 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius
For an applicable example to our everyday life is:
1 bottle of water (usually about 500ml or 16.9 oz) is equal to 500 grams
Let’s assume the water is a 32 F (0 deg C)
So, how many calories will it take to heat that water?
500g x 37 degrees C = 18,500 calories
A nutritional Calorie (notice the capital ‘C’) is actually a kilo-calorie so the amount of nutritional calories that it takes our body to burn to heat the water from a 500ml bottle of ice cold water is 18.5 Calories.
It doesn’t seem like a whole lot. But think about this, if you’re leading an active lifestyle it’s recommended you drink about 6 liters of water or more per day. (I usually shoot for about I usually shoot for closer to about 1.5 ounces per pound I weigh on super active days in Arizona weather).
So, for 6 liters of ice water per day we’d be using an additional (12 bottles x 18.5 Calories per bottle which equates to) 222 Calories. If you’re like me, on an active day, you have 333 more Calories used.
So, if all you do is change your drinking water to ice cold from room temperature you’d be using an extra 1,554 – 2,331 Calories per week (or 6,660 – 9,990 Calories per 30 day month).
Those Calories have to come from somewhere, right? Assuming we didn’t change anything else in our diet or exercise we’d be burning stored fat to make up the difference.
1 pound of fat equals 3,500 Calories.
So, if we drank ice water for our recommended amount of water consumption for an entire month we burn about an extra 1.9 – 2.9 lbs of fat.
How to lose 2-3 lbs per month easily doing nothing difficult, hard, or stressful?
Drink ice water all day.
Notice I said ice water, not ice cold beer, soda, diet soda, or any other beverage that has calories or artificial sweeteners. Those can all be counter-productive for your fat loss and may prevent you from losing weight.