Get It Now: A Supercharged Metabolism
Does Water Speed Metabolism?
Q&A: Can drinking water speed up your metabolism?
Yes, says Rachel Brandeis, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, but the effect is tiny and temporary at best. "You might burn a few extra calories, but it won't translate into any long-term, meaningful changes," she explains. One study found that subjects who drank half a liter of water a day had a 30 percent increase in metabolism -- but the boost lasted just 40 minutes.
Originally published in Fitness magazine, October 2005.
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