Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, and another holiday looms on the horizon, it's time to talk about a lesser known weight-loss secret... hydration. Over on the LiveStrong.com website, they talked about a study that was done at the University of Washington and the results of the study were fascinating. It turns out that drinking one 8-ounce glass of water eliminated midnight hunger pangs in 98% of people who participated in the study. When hunger pangs dissipate, caloric intake decreases, which will often stop late night snacking. Snacking into the wee hours is often the quickest way to add unwanted weight to our bodies. Hydration can also boost your metabolism -- sometimes by 30% -- as a study led by Michael Boschmann found. This extra boost of energy can help you to burn off calories quicker and keep that extra weight off. Speaking of extra boosts, keeping your body hydrated has also been proven to help lower stress. This is incredibly helpful for those of us who suffer from the dreaded stress eating phenomenon. Drinking water on a regular basis will also help to keep your muscles toned and looking fit. It's been shown that the consumption of water will help to decrease muscle cramping and it also helps to lubricate all of your joints. Working out longer and avoiding the oh-so-familiar wall of fatigue is also a positive side effect of high water intake. Water is something we all need but many of us don't have enough of it. Increase your water intake to see positive results in your weight-loss regime. Plus, your skin, hair and digestive systems will all thank you for it, too!