In their study of Plain Water Consumption, researchers An and McCaffrey also found that increasing the intake of plain water by one to three cups a day could decrease calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories a day among participants. It also lowered their sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams. Over time, this can add up to many, many fewer calories ingested. The result? A potential for significant weight loss. Heads up: those who are wanting to reduce the number of pounds they pack around on a daily basis (or take steps to ensure they remain within a desirable weight-range), might want to move toward plain water as their beverage of choice and drink enough water to achieve one or two pale urines per day, unless their physician has limited water intake. Such a deal!
An, R. and J. McCaffrey. 'Plain water consumption in relation to energy intake and diet quality among US adults', 2005-2012. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016; DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12368