Dieter killed by drinking too much water

A dieter following a Lighter-Life weight-loss programme died yesterday by drinking four litres of water in just two hours. The dieter complained that her stomach felt solid when she was drinking water while watching television, she was sick and then collapsed when she went to the toilet.

An inquest was held that concluded her death was caused by cerebral oedema  – swelling of the brain.

The company Lighter Life defended the diet saying that guidance had been given as to how much water should be consumed but over the course of a day. Light Life urges dieters to consume just 500 calories a day for 12 weeks by replacing meals with shakes, soups, bars and water.

Followed correctly dieters should see some weight loss while critics say cutting calories drastically will only make the weight pile on faster.