Room temperature water is better for you physically if you have been training or working out hard first, otherwise if you drink a lot of ice cold water after any strenuous physical activity, you risk the possibility of getting some real bad gut cramps. And you definitely want to sip it slowly, not chug it or guzzle it all down at once.
Otherwise, it really doesn't matter much whether you drink water chilled or at room temperature because the amount of calories your body burns warming chilled water up, together with the added cooling effect chilled water has on your body is not serious enough to concern yourself with.
But the main thing is to keep enough water going into your body to keep it properly hydrated at all times regardless. A mimimum of 8-10 8oz glasses of water a day is a must for most people, depending on your size and muscle mass.
Also, a lot of people that have problems with their weight mistake the body's desire for more water for it's need or hunger for more food. So if you are trying to lose weight, drop your calorie intake to a more healthy level, eat healthier and smaller meals more frequently, get more exercise, drink a lot more water more frequently, and you will start to notice the benefits right away.
Last edited by #1taz; 04-03-2008 at 02:46 AM.