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The most effective diet drink is cheap and plentiful: tap water. If you want to cut calories to lose weight, drink more water. That's the word from researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, who found that adults who increased their daily water consumption by as little as one percent also slightly cut their daily consumption of sugar, salt, saturated fat and cholesterol.

Here is startling news about bottled water that may have you drinking from the tap.

The study: Led by Ruopeng An, a professor of kinesiology and community health, the team analyzed the eating habits of 18,300 adults, all of whom were part of a U.S. government-led study. Each participant reported everything he or she ate or drank over the course of two days; the two days were not consecutive, but rather separated by three to 10 days.

The Illinois researchers then calculated the amount of plain water consumed daily as a percentage of each person's dietary water intake from food and beverages combined.

The results:

  • On average, each participant consumed just over four cups of plain water daily.

  • Those who added one, two or three cups of water daily from any source--be it bottled water, a water cooler, a drinking fountain or tap water--consumed between 68 to 205 fewer calories, on average, per day.

  • In addition, sodium intake fell between 78 to 235 grams and sugar dropped between 5 grams to 18 grams for those who consumed more water.

While the beneficial effects of increased water consumption were most notable among men as well as young and middle-aged adults, the impact remained regardless of race/ethnicity, education, income levels and body weight status.

The study findings were reported in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing for your health--even too much water. Here are four signs you're drinking too much water.

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