your waistline? Pay attention to how thirsty you are, suggests
a new study that found a link between poor hydration and
information from a national health and nutrition survey and
urine tests to gauge hydration, University of Michigan
researchers discovered that those who did not consume enough
water were more likely to be obese than hydrated adults.
thirsty group also had higher Body Mass Index numbers than
water — especially before meals — is a popular technique
among those trying to lose weight. But there hasn’t been
concrete scientific proof of its effectiveness before this
study, which expanded the focus to include foods with high
we showed is there is a relationship between hydration status
and weight status," explained lead author Dr. Tammy
study was published in the July/August issue of the journal,
the Annals of Family Medicine.
studies on water intake and obesity have produced mixed
results. In the Michigan study, the authors reported a
"significant association" between inadequate
hydration and obesity, adding that the relationship
"suggests that water, an essential nutrient, may deserve
greater focus in weight management research and clinical
who were well-hydrated likely did not rely solely on water,
Chang said. They consumed things like fruits and vegetables,
which typically have much more water than processed foods.
They’re also lower in calories.
you tell if you’re getting enough water? One of the easiest
ways to know is to look at the color of your urine, Chang
said. Dark yellow means you are running low on fluids.
"If it’s more like the color of water, chances are you’re
pretty well-hydrated," she said.