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Friday
Jan072011

Is it true that chewing ice cubes, drinking coffee or drinking green tea will increase your metabolism and lead to weight loss?

Not really. Coffee and tea contain caffeine which may increase your heart rate by a minimal amount therefore burning a miniscule number of calories.  Chewing ice cubes produces the same effect only in the opposite direction.  The ice chills the body so a miniscule number of calories are generated to try and maintain the body’s temperature.  What you have read is just media hype meant to promote the mistaken notion that there is an easy way to lose weight without real lifestyle changes. If you want to lose weight, move more and eat less.

Friday
Dec242010

I want to lose weight for the holidays, and I have read that drinking water will help a person lose weight. How much water should I drink?

Drinking water doesn't burn calories, activity burns calories. However water does aid in the digestion of food. Water is needed in the hydrolysis or breakdown of food.  The moisture content of most foods plus the existing water content of your body along with liquids you drink with meals should be sufficient for digestion. Drinking excess water is not going to increase your metabolism or calorie burn, but will possibly make you uncomfortable and in need of a bathroom. To lose weight for the holidays or in general, decrease the number of calories you consume and pick up your activity level.  You may want to engage the help of a physician, dietician or a personal trainer so you can articulate your goals and create a plan to meet them.  Your health is worth it!