According to Discover Good Nutrition, water weight is what is usually responsible for a sudden weight gain, especially if you wake up in the morning and are three pounds heavier. For healthy individuals, this process is considered normal. The body’s fluid levels fluctuate naturally, many times based on what was eaten the day before or how hormone levels are fluctuating.
So what should you do if you want to lose some pounds and how to do it with losing some water weight?
Here few tips and advices when the body conserves water:
- Too much sodium in your diet: The body uses water to dilute sodium intake, so eating a lot of salty food will dump water into the bloodstream. This means the body holds on to water to help balance the sodium, usually giving a bloated feeling the next day.
- Too many refined carbohydrates in your diet: A big meal of refined carbohydrates, like pasta, can cause insulin levels in the body to rise, which can also trigger a sodium imbalance and encourage water retention.
- Hormone levels have changed: The ability to lose water weight decreases as hormone levels change within the body. This is particularly true for those who tend to hold on to water weight as they near their monthly cycles.
- There are a number of medical conditions that can cause fluid retention though these are not situations where you simply need to lose water weight. Fluid gain as the result of a disease process is a serious issue and requires medical attention. If you are consistently putting on water weight, without any fluctuation, seek medical advice immediately.
Since we know how the water is conserved in our body we can do something to lose it very efficiently:
- Limit your salt intake.
- Eat bananas for potassium, which helps reduce water retention.
- Use ice packs to help reduce water retention in extremities.
- Look for natural diuretics, which encourage water shedding, like cranberries.
- Drink plenty of water to help your body realize it does not need to store excess fluid.
- Take vitamins A and C, which help reduce water retention.
- Avoid sitting with your legs crossed which inhibits circulation and can damage capillaries, causing fluid leakage.
- Do not wear tight clothing which restricts natural fluid movement in the body.
- Exercise regularly to keep your circulatory system healthy and promote lose of water weight.
Do not forget the sauna suits, you can skip them. While exercise will help you feel better and will help encourage fluid movement, the goal is not to lose water weight through sweat.
Using sauna could have opposite effect; when we use sauna the body dehydrates and the organism starts to retain water and you are not losing weight but gaining.