So you know that water is great for your health, energy, looks and overall well-being, but did you also know that it plays a vital role in controlling your weight? The fact is, many people believe that they are hungry when often they are actually thirsty. This has strong implications for weight management, as it means that people often turn to food when their bodies need water. By failing to understand the body's signals, a person can end up seeking out liquid through food without even realising it, consuming excess calories in the process. Yes, food is primarily made up of water, even carbohydrates and proteins, but it is also made up of fat, sugar, protein, calories and other essential vitamins and minerals. These are fine when consumed in accordance with your body's needs, but otherwise they can provide excess calories and lead to weight gain. The human body consists of 70% water and needs to be regularly topped up with this most essential of ingredients. The average person needs around eight glasses of water a day, although those in physical professions or who do sports and lead active lives may need more. Use the hot water dispenser at work to fill up with herbal teas or hot water that includes a sprig of lemon or ginger. Alternatively, use the water coolers to regularly top up a fresh glass as you pass the kitchen and you'll stay hydrated without even knowing it. Don't be tempted to fill up on your limit all in one go, as you'll simply overload your system (in fact this can be very dangerous). Instead, take in your water throughout the day and in small quantities. Sipping it is ideal. You'll find that as you stay hydrated your food and sugar cravings should subside and your appetite should begin to regulate. Water is the key to appetite and weight control. • Latest news from Angel Springs, leading UK supplier of office water dispensers, bottled and mains-fed water coolers and eco boilers.