Does Hot Water Help You Lose Weight?

Does Hot Water Help You Lose Weight?

If you’re looking for easy, effective ways to lose weight, you’ve probably come across some interesting old wives’ tales online. For instance, celery burns more calories, eating after 9 p.m. should never happen and starting your morning with a glass of water every day will help you lose more weight.

Now, celery is healthy – but it won’t necessarily help you burn extra calories. And while binge eating is more likely to happen at night, calories are calories no matter what time you consume them.

However, there actually might be some merit to this whole water thing. But is it entirely true? Does hot water help you lose weight?

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4 Ways Hot Water Helps You Lose Weight

1. Water Helps Your Body Perform Vital Functions

First of all, it’s important to understand that drinking water at any temperature is crucial to losing weight, keeping it off… and simply staying alive. The human body is made mostly of water – 60 percent to be exact. Your brain is about 70 percent water and your lungs are an impressive 90 percent water.

The human body has many uses for water, which is why it requires so much of it. For instance, water helps lubricates joints, protect the brain and other tissues. It also helps with basic metabolic functions like regulating body temperature and removing waste via sweat, urination or bowel movements.

So how much water do you need to drink each day? There is another old wives’ tale that says we need eight glasses of water each day, but most doctors and dietitians dispute this. It’s a good number to shoot for – but everyone is different.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that adult men consume about 13 cups (3 liters) each day, while adult women should consume around 9 cups (2.2 liters). If you are physically active, you will need to consume a couple cups more in order to stay healthy and hydrated.

2. Water Helps You Feel Fuller Longer

Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to avoid overeating. Sometimes our body sends thirst signals that are misinterpreted as hunger pangs – so next time you are craving an afternoon snack, try drinking a glass of water first. It will most likely leave you feeling satisfied until your next meal.

Want to avoid overeating when it’s actually time to eat? Try drinking a cup of hot water right before your meal. The University of Nebraska reports that consuming water or foods with high water content (cucumber, lettuce, watermelon and other fruits and vegetables) can help you feel fuller longer, which helps you eat less and lose more weight over time.

3. Water Has no Calories

Water is vital, satisfying and best of all… It has no calories! For this reason, it’s a great substitute for calorie-rich beverages like flavored coffee, sports drinks and hot chocolate.

The more unnecessary calories you can cut out of your diet, the quicker you can lose weight. If you love your morning coffee, try substituting a hot cup of water infused with lemon instead. And if you really need the caffeine, look for low-calorie flavor packets with caffeine additives at your local grocery store.

4. Hot Water Forces Your Metabolism to Work Harder

Up until now, we haven’t really discussed how hot water specifically helps you lose weight. That’s because there’s only a slight difference between drinking hot water versus any other type of water. Here’s why…

Whenever your body consumes something extremely hot or cold, your metabolism has to work a little harder in order to regulate your body temperature. When your metabolism has to work harder, that means you burn more calories. And since water has no calories, it’s the perfect way to get a little metabolic boost without also raising your daily caloric intake!

But you don’t have to drink a glass of hot water to feel the benefits – you could also fill up on a tall glass of ice cold water.

So…Does Hot Water Help You Lose Weight?

Hydration is a crucial component of weight loss and health in general, so adults should try to get between 9-13 cups each day. Water aids in metabolic functions, helps us feel fuller longer and serves as a no-calorie substitute for sugary drinks like flavored coffee and soda.

Drinking hot water can help you burn more calories because your metabolism has to work harder to keep your body temperature the same… But the same can be true for drinking water ice cold. That being said, whichever way you decide to drink the water doesn’t really matter as long as you drink enough of it.

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20 thoughts on “Does Hot Water Help You Lose Weight?

  1. Great article, and thanks for pointing out that everyone needs to drink a different amount of water. It seems like it should be common sense that a big man should drink more water than a small woman….but apparently it’s not 😉
    Anyway, regarding the effects of hot water on metabolism, do you happen to have any information on how much of an effect it actually has? I’m just trying to decide whether it’s right for me or not…..if it’s going to have a big effect, then I’ll definitely give it a shot. If it’ll only burn another 5 calories a day, though, it may not be worth the hassle!
    Thanks for another great article. I always learn something when I visit 🙂

    1. Hi Chloe,

      We don’t have exact figures here with us but as we mentioned above – it’s all about hot ( and cold ) water giving your metabolism a good kick ( which in turn helps you lose that weight! ). I’m sure there are some figures published online about the exact process – do a quick Google search ( this type of info is usually found at .edu websites! ).

      Good luck! 🙂

  2. This is a very interesting article. Thanks.

    I’d like to think that I understand the importance of drinking water, and water does in fact constitute most of my liquid consumption, which I suppose I should feel good about. I know people though that seem to avoid water like the plague; they’re either drinking juice or soda.

    Hot water? I don’t think I would find that very enjoyable, but I’m all for refreshing cold water — I always keep my bottle filled and in the fridge. I never knew that drinking cold water actually helps you lose weight. Good to know. Thanks again.

    1. No problem Paul,

      If you are thinking about consuming hot water try a little squeeze of lemon juice in it – much nicer! 🙂

  3. Hi Chris,

    I found this to be a very interesting and extremely well written article! While I knew that drinking water is essential for our bodies, I did not know that hot (or ice cold) water helps boost metabolism! That is a great little tidbit of information!

    Thank you for reminding us about the recommended daily water intake – I definitely fall short of that so I must try to do better! I’m going to take your advice and drink a glass of water before meals so that I don’t eat as much – great idea!

    Best wishes,


  4. This is a very interesting and useful piece of information on something that is critical for our health. Water, as you say, is vital for our bodies and being dehydrated can be positively dangerous.
    Many people don’t drink enough water, hot or cold and in my experience it’s the older generation who seem to be particularly at risk of becoming dehydrated to the point of collapse and this indeed was the case with my late mum who would only drink a small glass of water in the morning then would likely forget to drink at all for the rest of the day.
    Both myself and my husband, drink a litre of water during the day (with added magnesium chloride). We then top up with copious amounts of tea. We love our tea but make sure it is very weak just 1 teabag into a large teapot does 4 mugfulls.
    It cannot be stressed enough how vital water is and I’m gratified to see this site advocating its importance. Nice site, Ches

  5. Hey Chris,this is a great article. Funnily enough I have been drinking 1-2 glasses of hot water every morning since I was a teenager. However, the reason is not for weight loss but for keeping my skin clear. As you mentioned it helps with the metabolism and therefore helps to eliminate toxins from the body especially with an infusion of lemon.
    I’m delighted to learn that hot water also helps with weight loss too – I was doing something right all along and didn’t even know it. Thanks

    1. Yeah it’s also great for eliminating skin toxins ( and healthy skin in general ) Paula. Great to see you here – thanks for taking the time to comment! 🙂

  6. I’m glad I read this! Now I know that drinking hot water does help to reduce weight. It’s really logical when you put it that way – our metabolism just had to work harder. Plus water doesn’t have any calorie be it warm or cold or hot and you get the added benefit of the metabolism working harder and burn more calories. Great post! Keep up the good work.

    1. Yep it really is that simple!

      This is a question we saw up on a health forum board so we decided to answer it in an article format! Great that people are landing here now to find out more about the subject!

  7. I never wanted to lose weight, but I do know that water can help you lose weight. I would sometimes drink a lot of water on an empty stomach and notice that my hunger would go away, at least for a while. So if it makes you feel fuller, it will definitely help you eat less. 

    What do you think about not drinking enough water just because you don’t feel thirsty? I drink about 2 glasses per day, which is extremely little. But I simply don’t feel like I need it. Do you think that’s a bad thing or doesn’t really matter? I heard mixed opinions on that, so that’s why I’m asking.

    1. Drink water Ashley – it’s the life blood of all our bodies. Two glasses is not enough for a 24 hour period I’m afraid! 

  8. I completely agree with your conclusion! Water is incredibly important to a person’s health and vitality, but  as long as you are drinking it, the temperature is of no real concern. Your metabolism working a bit harder by drinking hot or ice cold water would only be miniscule, and not really worthwhile, if you don’t actually enjoy drinking water of extreme temperatures. I’ll stick to my room temperature water, and that will ensure that I am drinking enough of it which is what matters most!

  9. Hot water with lemon sounds good.  As a heavy coffee drinker, I’m keen to cut down on the amount of caffeine I ingest.  I’ve tried hot water by itself but I do not necessarily like the taste of boiled tap water.  So greatly appreciate the suggestion of adding lemon to it, that might camouflage the taste of treated tap water that we get here.  Wonder how much calories lemon have.

    Thanks for the informative article!

    1. Hi Cath!

      Yeah lemon is great with water – really changes it and gives it that zing that’s needed. Hot water by itself is not much fun to drink! 

  10. Hi Chris,

    Awesome article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    I tried once to drink a lot of waters to cut my appetite, and believe it or not; it did the opposite. It opened my appetite even more. So I stopped and then I wasn’t so hungry anymore. Anyway, this was cold water, now I’ll give it a try with hot water, and I’ll see if it does reduce my appetite. One of my friends is a Yoga teacher, and he suggested me to drink lukewarm water, but not hot because this could do some damages to the body. What do you think about this? What would be better, warm or hot water?

    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

    1. Hi Daniella, 

      Well I really wouldn’t recommend water at all then if that is the case – if it makes you feel hungrier then maybe find another option to help you suppress that appetite?

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