Posted on: March 13, 2009 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 5

No one likes dealing with those extra pounds that you just can’t seem to shed. What some don’t realize is that those pesky pounds could be coming from extra water retention in the body. People find it easiest to blame ‘water weight’ on their extra tummy or thigh puff all of the time, but do people really know what water weight is?

If they knew what it was, maybe they wouldn’t have to deal with it as often! A body that isn’t properly hydrated tends to retain excess water. This is why you may see the weight on your scale fluctuating all the time, or your fat coming and going from different areas. If your body is desperate for hydration, it’s going to store any moisture that it can get in your cells, causing extra weight or even puffiness.

You must address this issue if you want to shed that extra water weight, and keep it gone. If you’ve got an important event coming up, or want to look good in your swimsuit this summer, you will want to rid of this unnecessary weight as fast as possible. Keep on reading to discover how.

1. Drink lots of water

Sounds kind of ironic, right? Drinking more water to lose water weight? Well, the truth is that if you keep your body extra hydrated, it will no longer feel the need to retain any extra fluids.

Water is good for your health in general, and drinking large amounts of it will train your body to hold fluids in a healthy way. You will no longer have to deal with excess puffiness caused by dehydration.

Not only this, but drinking plenty of water will help you to feel full longer, have better digestion patterns, and keeps your skin healthy. All of these factors can lead to an improvement of your body weight and appearance.

In order to motivate yourself to drink more water, always have a full bottle or glass next to you. Buy an easily portable water bottle, and try your best to keep it with you everywhere you go. No excuses! Try to drink at least two litres of water per day. If you can do even more than this, that’s great!

Be sure to stick to plain water, though. Drinking too much milk, juice or soda will not give you the same results. If you don’t particularly enjoy water, try adding some lemon or fresh fruit to it for some extra flavour!

2. Avoid dehydrating foods/drinks

There are many items that people consume on a regular basis that cause the body to become dehydrated. This, again, causes the body to cling on to that water weight. It’s crucial to avoid items that leave your body parched and desperate for moisture.

First off, avoid any food or drinks that contain caffeine, as it tends to dry out the body very quickly. Items containing caffeine include coffee, tea, certain sodas, energy drinks and chocolate. Do your best to avoid these products until you’ve gotten the results that you want.

Also, be sure to avoid any excess salt. Many people consume far more sodium than is recommended by health professionals. Avoid salting your food whenever possible. Also, avoid processed, canned, or preserved products, as they are often the highest in sodium.

Eating too much sugar is also a dangerous habit for many health reasons. Try your best to replace high sugar foods like cake, cookies and candy with some fresh fruit. The natural juices in the fruit will add to your hydration level.

Another thing to avoid is the consumption of alcohol drinks at all costs. Alcoholic drinks dehydrate the body severely, and will put a damper on your progress. Lay off the wine and beers for as long as possible. If you feel you can’t lay off completely, stick to a maximum of 1-2 drinks per week and be sure to drink plenty of water after consumption.

3. Change your eating habits

As important as it is to avoid the wrong foods, it’s also important to eat the right ones! In order to rid of water weight, it’s important to focus on a high protein, low carb diet.

Stick to lean meats like chicken and fish, and add some extra protein with nuts, tofu or Greek yogurt. Avoid simple carbohydrates like white breads, pastas, and bakes goods at all costs.

Fit lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet as well. Those high in fibre, potassium, and calcium are especially helpful in maintaining good water levels in the body. Try eating more bananas, yogurt, beans, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Make the right adjustments, but do not under-eat. Failing to take in enough calories can also lead to water retention in the body. The amount of calories suggested for each person depends on their gender and height, so it wouldn’t hurt to do some research to see what’s best for you.

Changing the times in which you eat can also be beneficial. In order to have a healthy body weight, it’s a good idea to eat smaller meals more often. Switch from three large meals throughout the day to five smaller ones, and you’re golden.

4. Get active!

When you’re not physically active enough, your body will be more likely to hold onto water weight. It’s important to stay active in order to shed that liquid weight.

If you happen to sit at a desk all day, try to get up and move once in a while. Take a short minute walk, or run up and down a flight of stairs. Maybe you could even do a few arm curls with the paper weight on your desk.

In your spare moments, fit in time for exercise. Try to find a range of activities that you enjoy, and start doing them regularly. The ideal amount of exercise time per week is about 5 sessions of 30-60 minutes.

Not sure what exercises you enjoy? Try new things until you find what’s right for you. Maybe you’ll enjoy yoga, running, skipping, or even playing catch with your family. The point is that in order to permanently rid of that pesky water weight, you need to stay active!

Dealing with excess weight is not fun for anyone. Water weight can be especially pesky, as a lot of people don’t fully understand the cause of it. Follow these tips, and you’ll be happier and healthier than ever. Good luck on finally ridding of that water weight!

5 People reacted on this

  1. I know it says eating salt contributes to water weight, but salt is hypertonic and it dehydrates the cells of water which is why we can’t drink salt water. Can someone please clarify?

  2. Caffiene also helps getting rid of retained water in body.

    Also, chamomile is said to help in water retention problem.

    Adequate excercise of any kind also helps especially if its water retention before feminine monthly cycle.

  3. Salt has a crystal structure that can hold up water molecules easily around it like a magnet.We dont drink salt or sea water due to its bad taste which is extremely salty and bitter.The dehydration you are talking about is due to the change in osmotic pressure between the cellular membranes. That is a different phenomena.Thats exchange of ions and salts across cell membrane.

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