Quench your thirst. Fluids can do wonders for your waistline. A recently released study found that after men and women drank 17 ounces of water, their metabolism increased by 30 percent within 10 minutes and peaked about 40 minutes later.
You don't have to drown yourself. A recent National Academy of Sciences report found that most women need eleven 8-ounce cups of fluid a day...but it doesn't have to be strictly water, either. A cup of tea counts. Plus tea also has other health benefits as well -- antioxidants. Juice and an occasional cola will work too. Just watch the sugar.
Wine and booze are beneficial. Cardiologist Holly S. Andersen, M.D., an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, explains, "I do not encourage non-drinkers to drink, but I also do not encourage women who drink a glass of wine to stop, because it may actually be good for your heart."
Surprisingly, booze counts towards your daily fluid intake quota -- meaning, you can drink a beer (or two) in moderation provided you are not at risk for certain types of hormonal cancers. Check with your doctor.