Maria Menounos
Girl Crush: Maria Menounos

Can hot water help you
lose weight?

Want to learn a diet secret that Maria Menounos relies on to stay in shape? Our favorite Extra host and Girl Crush for February says her key to keeping that "awe-mazing" figure isn’t brutal dieting or workout regimes. It’s simply drinking hot water.

Heat up and drink up

Hot water with lemon

We’ve all been told to drink eight glasses of water a day, but Menounos doesn’t just drink bottled water out of the fridge. She heats it up first and then imbibes. The practice of drinking warm or hot water has roots in Ayurveda, the ancient science of health and medicine. Many people add lemon or lime to the water to give it flavor as well as a nutrition boost. The warm or hot water is thought to boost digestive power, reduce metabolic waste, relieve heartburn, ease cold symptoms, detox the body — and it can help you shed pounds, too.

Note: Menounos’ practice is also known as ushnodaka therapy. Yogis believe that the stronger your “digestive fire” is, the stronger your skin, immune system, and mental and physical stamina will be. Namaste, for sure.

DIY hot water

Before you go and zap a mug of water in the microwave (which we don’t recommend, since pure water can explode), get the most out of your hot-water experience with these tips. Heat up purified, fluoride-free or spring water in a kettle and squeeze half of a lemon or lime into the glass. Some people also boil water the night before so it is at room temperature when they wake up; then it’s ready to consume. According to, you should drink the cup of water on an empty stomach and ideally wait about an hour before eating.

Benefits of drinking hot water

According to, the warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis, which is contraction of the muscles in the intestinal walls that keeps things moving along. Lemons and limes are high in minerals and vitamins, and they aid in loosening what yogis call ama, or toxins, in your digestive tract. Another benefit of drinking hot water is that it makes your stomach feel full and can keep you from overeating.

Does it really work?

While drinking hot water alone won’t miraculously make you lose weight, it can help you replace high-calorie drinks, which will promote weight loss. Warm water may also be a more enticing way to stay hydrated, especially in the winter, when cold liquids lose their appeal.

Try it and see. If it works for Menounos, it may just work for you, too.

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