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Hot or cold water? Does it make a difference?

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  1. DisneyParis

    DisneyParis An Attitude of Gratitude

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    When the weather's cold (it still is for me now) l tend to have most of my daily water intake hot, l've got a litre jug flask and use that. This might seem daft to ask, but l was wondering if it helps with weight loss if you drink the water cold or does it not make a difference, l was wondering if it had any affect on metabolism?
     
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    lancsgirl yummy mummy in the making

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    I have always been told cold water is best as it speeds your metabolic rate up. Xx
     
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    If the water is cold your body expends energy to warm the water up, but the amount is negligible, as far as I know. It takes 1 kcal to raise the temperature of litre of water by 1 degrees C - so if you're drinking a litre at 5C, it'll take your body 32 calories to make it 37C (body temp).

    So yes, the temperature does make a difference, but really not that much.
     
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    Drinking cold water probably speeds up your metabolism a little bit but I doubt we're talking burning too many extra calories. A few more, maybe. But if you find it easier to drink your water hot, go for it. Hydration's the most important thing here. :)
     
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    LOL, cross-posted. :)

    And extrapolating... (ooh, big word)

    3 litres of water drunk ice cold would let your body burn approx 100 calories extra a day. Which would be 700 extra a week. Equivalent to losing one fifth of a pound. So over the course of 5 weeks of drinking ice cold water you'd burn an extra pound.

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    either way its hardly a reason to give urself brain freeze whilst chanting ' must have icy water' lol
     
  8. DisneyParis

    DisneyParis An Attitude of Gratitude

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    Thanks for your replies. Good it doesn't make too much difference, think l'll stick with my hot water for now, at least until it get a bit warmer here in Scotland, probably by July, lol. :)
     
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