Ice Water to Boost Your Metabolism

by Brad Pilon

Have you ever wondered what would happen if we took all weight loss myths to their true reality?

Well, let’s do it now…

Is it true that Ice water boosts metabolism?


But how does this apply to us in reality?

Since drinking 50o ml of water at 3 degrees increases metabolic rate by roughly 3.5 Calories over 90 minutes*…

You would have to drink 500 ml of Ice Cold Water 14 times per day  (every 90 minutes all day, all night) to burn an extra 50 Calories

(This is assuming that the effect remains the same each time)

Do this for about 70 days and you’ve theoretically burned an extra pound of fat.

(Again, assuming that the effect remains the same after multiple days of repeat exposure)

70 days! For a HIGHLY theoretical 1 pound of fat!

I don’t know about you, but to me these weight loss myths aren’t nearly as sexy when we take them down to their reality.

Granted this was from a data set of subjects averaging 150 pounds, so the number may vary slightly, but..well…you still get the

It’s so much easier just to follow the Eat Stop Eat lifestyle, and ignore, unfriend, unsubscribe, or politely walk away from the people who push these myths.


*Obviously the calculated energy cost of increasing 500 Calories of water from 3 degrees to 37 is 17 Calories, not 3.5, however this discrepancy is documented in studies using indirect calorimetry, with speculation that reduction in head loss via peripheral vasoconstriction is the likely culprit.

Even at the calculated numbers to lose a HIGHLY theoretical extra pound of fat in a month you’d have to drink 500 ml of 3 degree water 7 times per day, every day, for a month.


Becky May 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

Hmm… I suspect that if one drank ANY temperature water, in that quantity, pounds would drop off, simply because there wouldn’t be much room left in your stomach for food!

Lane May 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I have a question – does drinking very hot drinks like coffee or tea cause the same effect?

yannick May 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm

That was one of the most ridiculous water myths around, still people need to drink plenty of water but who cares if its not ice cold.

I drink at least a gallon a day, i am lucky because at my job the water is filtered.

usernametooshortnowitstoolon May 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Are you drinking a gallon a day because you were told you had to drink this amount? You only really need to drink water when you are thirsty. And I suppose if you need to prepare your body for an intensive activity like a marathon or something.

mario May 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

im so glad im not lost anymore about what or what not to eat. and knowing that i do not gain weight any faster then anyone else, because i may retain water from eating certain foods. its such a nice feeling going a day without eating.ESE has made my life so much easier and im so much happier now. thanks so much.

Dan May 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

That sounds like a solid plan to lose a pound of fat. Not time consuming or impractical at all. Probably really good for the kidneys as well. LOL.


MATHEW CANTER March 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

Amazing….I am really surprised reading this fact and the next moment I am heading towards the fridge to get a glass of cold water.

Herbal Products Live June 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I was Shocked …. ice water boost our metabolism …. that’s really fantastic news for me ..

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