In my last post about burning fat, I mentioned that drinking lots of water is essential for you and your body. It promotes fat loss by optimizing your bodily functions and allows it to run more efficiently. But let me give you a little secret when it comes to drinking water: next time you fill up your water bottle, fill it up with ice-cold water. It will burn calories in your body compared to just drinking water at room temperature. If you don’t believe me, here’s the science behind it by HowStuffWorks:
Let’s figure out exactly what you’re burning when you drink a 16-ounce (0.5 liter) glass of ice water:
- The temperature of ice water can be estimated at zero degrees Celsius.
- Body temperature can be estimated at 37 degrees Celsius.
- It takes 1 calorie to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.
- There are 473.18 grams in 16 fluid ounces of water.
So in the case of a 16-ounce glass of ice water, your body must raise the temperature of 473.18 grams of water from zero to 37 degrees C. In doing so, your body burns 17,508 calories. But that’s calories with a little “c.” Your body only burns 17.5 Calories, and in the grand scheme of a 2,000-Calorie diet, that 17.5 isn’t very significant. But let’s say you adhere to the “eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day” nutritional recommendation. In 64 ounces of water, there are 1,892.72 grams. So to warm up all that water in the course of a day, your body burns 70,030 calories, or 70 Calories.
In other words, by drinking ice cold water your body is using energy (calories) to heat it up after you drink it. So you can basically burn an extra 100+ calories if you drink at least a gallon of ice cold water a day. That’s not bad at all if you ask me.
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