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Let’s talk about Water Weight
18 Aug. 2015

what is water weight?If you’re into a healthy lifestyle, diet and physical activity, if you’re keeping track of your weight or just in the middle of losing it, then most probably your scale is either your best friend or worst enemy and you surely know such terms like percentage of body fat, low-carbohydrates diet, Body Mass Index and lots of others.

But if your scale shows that you have gained several extra pounds since yesterday, do not panic, there is nothing wrong with you. Although, there are a variety of health issues that lead to weight gain, it is highly unlikely that any of them could cause sudden weight gain. Our bodies do not gain or lose considerable amounts of muscles or fat overnight.

Water weight is the culprit of the bad numbers on the scale – for some reason or other your body has retained fluid. Maybe you drank too much last night or ate a lot of salty food… Or maybe you’ve just given up a low-carb diet – water weight is the first thing you lose on such diet, but it is also the first thing you regain when you stop it. Even periods may add up to 5-10 pounds in women – it usually happens about 5-7 days before the period and the weight is back to its norm once the period starts.

Here are some tips that could help you avoid water retention and lose water weight:

Cut down your salt consumption. water weightIt’s a common truth that sodium (table salt) plays a great role in water retention – when you eat too much salt, your body needs plenty of water to dilute its excess and flush it out. However, salt is important in your diet as it helps maintain electrolyte balance and the functions of your organs, so try to consume not more than 1 ½ tablespoons of salt and avoid processed foods as they often contain high levels of sodium.

Drink lots of water. It might seem paradoxical but to prevent water retention you should drink a lot of water. The thing is that when your body experiences the shortage of fluid, it uses every possibility to keep you hydrated. If you do not drink enough water, it tries to reserve as much fluid as possible to sustain its vital functions, which in reality results in water retention and edema. But, if you daily intake of water is sufficient, your body does not need such reserves.

Get enough potassium with food. Potassium is essential for fluid balance in the body and not getting enough of this mineral with your food may result in water retention. Potassium rich products are banana, dates, oranges, papaya, kiwi, avocado, carrots, peas, lentils, etc.

Limit your caffeine and alcohol consumption. Although, both these drinks are natural diuretics, they may cause low-grade dehydration and lead to fluid retention.

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