How true is it that drinking cold water makes you fat?

@Theresaaiza (10484)
Australia
April 27, 2010 5:53am CST
Well I did notice that myself. When my officemates tempted me into drinking cold water again, my weight rapidly increased, and my belly bulged even more in matter of days. Sometimes, every after meal, it makes me feel so heavy, sluggish, and drowsy.
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22 responses
• United States
27 Apr 10
Water, all water, has exactly zero calories. If anything, cold water burns a few calories, since it takes heat from your body which your body must replace. Calculated it comes to around 17 calories for a liter of ice water, which really isn't very much, but it's certainly the opposite of making you fat. Could be your office mates probably figured the cold slows down your metabolism, but that's exactly wrong. As for your bloated belly and sluggish feeling that is probably from the amount/volume of water or any liquid you drank remember that 12 oz water weights 3/4 of a pound so your weight will increase and until you pee it away you are going to feel heavy and sluggish.
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
It's a lot of factors actually. I don't get to exercise and my appetite has boosted a bit. It's so silly of me to blame it on cold water now that I have been informed. It did surprise me to learn that cold water in fact helps you burn more calories provided that you also watch what and how much you eat. Thanks for the response.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Drinking lots of water may make your body retain fluids, especially coupled with foods high in sodium. As far as cold water vs. warm water, I would assume that cold water would marginally burn off more calories, simply because your body burns calories to warm it up. Are you sure that when you eat a meal with water for a beverage, that you aren't actually eating more and drinking less? That's what my husband did when I tried swapping him to water instead of soda with his meals. Try drinking a glass or two of water about a half hour before your meal, then drinking what you normally would have. I bet you'll find that you eat and drink less. And lose that heavy, sluggish feeling.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Everytime my friends ask me why I'm getting bigger, my usual excuse is this one - I keep drinking cold water. If they knew this was just fallacy when I told them so, they probably laughed the moment we went separate ways! I should have known it to be a very poor alibi.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
28 Apr 10
If you are retaining fluids that you drink, it may not be a fallacy. Do your legs or ankles swell at the end of the day? If you are experiencing that, you should see a doctor to find out why.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
30 Apr 10
Thank heavens, no. They don't swell. I did remember my mom getting those edema on her legs although it wasn't that bad. She's had it since she was a kid and that was probably because she had a heart defect when she was born. But I don't experience that.
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@phoenix8606 (4978)
27 Apr 10
hell0 there! well, I really can't believe that drinking cold water can make you fatter :) I guess it is just a suggestion and you haven't actually gain weight, maybe it was caused by something else and you thought it is from the cold water, because no matter how much i think of it, i just can't find the reasonable answer to it, which shows me that it is true.we can't actually get fat from water- no matter cold or warm one, because water doesn't actually contain some proteins or some fats that can gain our weight. well, of course you will feel heavy after meal and after you have drunk a glass or more of water, because all this gets into your stomach and you get heavier. I don't know if you know it, but some people who wants to lose weight, drink some water before sitting on thetable, before each meal in order to feel more sated and to eat less. SO that's why I can't actually explain it to myself how is it really possible to gain weight by drinking cold water :) or you really 100% sure about that, and are you sure you gain weight for a long period and not just for an hour or two? well, true or false I will try it now, and hope i will not get heavier :)
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Well of course the weight gain was something gradual, not as instant as after an hour or two. And of course that is only after several days of drinking cold water.
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28 Apr 10
:) I knew it
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
29 Apr 10
Wow, you are blessed with psychic abilities!
@AmbiePam (50280)
• United States
27 Apr 10
That isn't true. It's a myth, and I have no idea who started it. Drinking water actually helps one lose weight, not hinder.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Water does aid in proper digestion. It's just that I was worried that COLD ones aren't as healthy as when it's warm or equal to body temperature.
@AmbiePam (50280)
• United States
28 Apr 10
If cold water was in any way unhealthy or it made someone gain weight, every dedicated jogger who came in from a run and drank cold water, would be fat.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
29 Apr 10
The difference is, they exercise and I don't! This is so bad of me!
@jeeyah (1092)
• Philippines
27 Apr 10
Hi! I guess it is because cold water makes it harder for your body to digest the food you eat. Thus, you gain some weight and your belly bulges. This is why it is highly recommended that you drink warm water/tea after every meal (especially when you're full), because warm water helps digest your food better, and your tummy will get smaller eventually. ;)
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Hi jeeyah, I guess it is really healthier to drink something warm after meal but not right immediately after the meal. 30 minutes would do. This has been practiced by most Europeans and Chinese and it does promote better digestion. However it doesn't seem to appear like it reduces someone's weight. Maybe with proper digestion, a person's weight is maintained or kept in check compared with people who have abnormal or unhealthy eating habits,
@jeeyah (1092)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Yes, it doesn't reduce someone's weight, but I believe it can help you make your tummy a bit smaller or prevent it from bulging.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
29 Apr 10
I wish I could see the effects pretty soon.
• Mexico
27 Apr 10
I have heard that before. I think it's because cold water makes harder all the fat of the food and it get's more difficult for the digestive system to proccess. I've heard something like that but even that way I drink cold water (and soda) when eating.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
I know for sure that sodas make you gain weight. I think I should just research this on the net.
• Mexico
28 Apr 10
Oh I do know that sodas are also fattening because all the sugar sodas have, I was only pointing that I also drink cold sodas when eating, so the cold of the soda may make the fat from the food harder to digest too.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
27 Apr 10
I dont think that is true at all...water has absolutely no calories, and no fat.It is just the feeling of fullness you get when you drink a lot of water which in matter of couple of hours gets back to normal.The more water you drink the better it is for your system in every respect..
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Hi kiran, how about the notion that cold water slows metabolism down? Is this true? or Not?
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
28 Apr 10
Theresa I always drink very cold water because here the temperature is either warm, hot or very hot like it is now.I have never felt any kind of side effects with water, in fact I feel a little unwell when i have not taken water or any liquid for a long period of time...Water in my opinion is most essential for us...
@jd107nette (1456)
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
i was told that too... ^_^ they said cold water slows down metabolism, that's why you get fat.. i do not have any particular proof to that because when i tried to lose weight, i refrained from cold stuffs as well as did my exercise so i couldn't really tell which one worked... a good friend of mine was never used to drinking cold stuffs... and she eats like a monster but she doesn't get fat... apparently, her parents are also thin... so i don't really know if it's with the water or in the genes.. ^_^
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
4 May 10
well it;s best to maintain the exercise. It's still the best way to lose weight.
@balasri (26553)
• India
28 Apr 10
Drinking water will never make you fat as water has no calories, carbohydrates, sugars, proteins, fats, or anything. Water can cause you to bloat or retain some "water weight", but it is not permanent and will go away soon enough.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
30 Apr 10
I see. I agree that it's due to a lot of factors.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
For me I noticed nothing change my life I'm remain sexy even if many cold water I drink every day so I oppose of that.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
29 Apr 10
Good for you, my dear!
• India
28 Apr 10
I do think there is some truth in it. After all drinking cold water immediately after a meal, helps in fat coagulation and deposition more than normal water. I’ve heard that drinking lukewarm water is the best to prevent that fat from settling down…however, lukewarm water doest taste so great as does cold water, specially in this heat LOL
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Cold water does feel better than lukewarm! I think it is unhealthy to drink water right after a meal be it cold or warm. You have to let 30 minutes pass before having any liquids.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
27 Apr 10
I believe that I read something about cold water after every meal. Cold water makes digestion slower or it makes the oily content of the food we eat become more harder to digest. I can't really recall the exact details but, I don't really put much attention into it as it really feels nice to drink cold water every after meal. (^_^")
• United States
27 Apr 10
I dont think the water temperature would have any effect. I mean if it did, we'd all be drinking hot water? ewh. Maybe room temperature but definitely not hot water lol. Cold water is the same, its not like it has calories or anything.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Hot water has many advantages. With a little training, you actually get used to it, until you get to drink another cold glass of water and there you go jumping back into the habit.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Hi Theresaaiza! I have never heard that drinking cold water makes you fat! It might make you "bloated", but that doesn't mean fat! All diets tell you to drink alot of water and to drink before eating to make you feel more full so that you eat less! Water does not stay in your body! It leaves your body by sweating and peeing! So, I don't believe that you are gaining weight! We do sometimes have "water weight", but that isn't like weight that we gain from eating foods!
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
"Water weight"? How do you describe that? Maybe that's what's going on with me.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
27 Apr 10
From all I have heard, Ice water boosts your metabolism and helps you to lose weight. It helped me to lose weight for sure. The bloating feeling is only temporary. In the long run ice water is good for your weight and metabolism.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
What other things did you try inorder to lose weight? Because I don't think merely drinking cold water is enough to lose weight..if it does help lose weight.
@kedralynn (992)
• United States
27 Apr 10
It might just be water retention. Or some other reason for bloating. Depending on what you're eating. When you drink a lot of fluids you can become sluggish and bloated until you pass the fluids (pee). Cold water doesn't make a difference. In fact, your body has to burn calories in order to heat that water up to body temp so that should aid in a little weight loss (though the calories burned in the process are very few).
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
Maybe it's the fact that I don't exercise that is why I don't shed those extra water off... I mean, not MAYBE but DEFINITELY it is the main reason why.
@redhotpogo (4422)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Yeah water can make you gain some weight, but you would have to be in a cool environment, for the water to just stay on you. You can easily sweat it off. It has nothing to do with calories. People have this misknowledge about the way things work. They think you gain weight by calories, sugar, carbs, etc. Those things are all tiny tiny particles. The weight of your food is how much you will gain. You can't eat a donut and gain five lbs. Its not possible. If you're drinking alot of water, then yeah you're going to gain some weight, but it doesn't matter if its warm or cold.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
AND,,,,I barely exercise, that's why I don't sweat all those excesses off.
• India
27 Apr 10
Drinking cold water after meals is bad, because it congeals the fat, and does not allow it to digest. Otherwise, drinking cold water brings down the body temperature and then to bring it up body has to generate heat, which melts down the fat. Drinking cold water in a way helps in lowering the fat.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
I think there's sense in this. However I think we must observe proper timing between drinking water and eating...
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I don't drink warm water, will drink hot tea, but not so much now that its getting warmer - iced tea or water with some flavor in it.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
It's also really hot here that is why I just couldn't get myself to refuse the offer of a cool drink.
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• Philippines
27 Apr 10
It's as true as never never land. You feel that way when you drink water cuz it helps you digest your food.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
I've indeed been told.