There are many people who are looking for a rapid weight loss. Whether it’s for an event or personal satisfaction, one of the quickest ways to lose weight is to get rid of water weight.
What are the Different Causes of Water Weight?
Excess ‘water weight’ or water retention is a terrible feeling. It gives you a feeling of overall heaviness, making you slow, sluggish and lethargic, and makes you feel overweight. And because you feel fat, your overall feeling of wellness is also affected. It’s even more frustrating for those who are trying to actually lose weight.
The number one culprit for water weight is usually sodium intake or eating too much salty food. When there is too much sodium present in our body, it reacts by diluting it with water. Salt tends to make you thirsty so your body will react to it by holding on to that water.
Other causes of water retention include excess sugar, hormonal imbalance (especially during the menstrual cycle), contraceptives, lack of physical activity and certain types of medicine. Water retention due to these causes can be spread around the body, but often affects your abdominal area the most.
In women, water retention can also happen in the breasts especially during the monthly cycle, which is why women experience tenderness and swelling in the breast.
Losing the Water Weight by Losing the Salt
One of the best ways to lose water weight is decreasing refined salt. We’ve already mentioned that salt is often the culprit when it comes to water weight, so reducing the amount of salt in your food intake will help you release some of that water.
More than just eating less salty foods, a lot of the excess salt we eat comes from processed and preserved foods such as canned goods and fast food. Check food labels before you buy them and opt for products that have less sodium content if you really must buy preserved foods.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced potassium and fiber rich diet will help knock off some of that excess water weight. A balanced diet that includes low-fat dairy products, lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables can do wonders with that bloated feeling.
Bananas, apricots, avocados and raisins are rich in potassium which will help regulate fluid levels and relieve water retention.
High fiber foods such as whole grains and green leaves not only help with the water weight but also aid digestion.
Eliminate certain parts of your normal meals. For example, no sugar, no cream in your coffee, those chips or dessert you usually have for lunch, etc. Consuming too much sugar makes the body produce excess insulin, which then keeps the body from getting rid of excess salt. Your body needs sugar, but from fruits, vegetables, and some cereals.
Though it may seem ironic, drinking lots of water can actually flush out excess water. Dehydration is actually a common cause of water weight gain. Our bodies are made to survive during ‘emergency situations’, so people who drink less tend to retain water, while people who eat little tend to have slow metabolism. This is our body’s way of coping with certain situations to help us survive.
Regular Physical Activity
Regular exercise will help you get rid of water weight. Many people, especially working people, are now leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles. We need to move to get our fluids going, and when we do, we sweat and excrete excess salt.
Regular exercise will lead to dilated blood vessels because of an increased heart rate, which will cause frequent urination; aside from actually burning calories and helping us to lose weight.
Other Ways to Lose Water Weight
If you’re still mainly bloated after losing water weight, consider some natural diuretics. They will get rid of excess water as well as boost kidney function. These include watermelon, watercress, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, oats, artichokes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, etc. Natural diuretic drinks like coffee and tea can also help.
Some women lose water weight by drinking more calcium. It has been noted that women taking calcium supplements especially during their monthly cycle had less breast tenderness, cramps and excessive water retention symptoms. Choose a calcium supplement that has high ‘elemental calcium’ content and preferably one that does not have additional unhelpful contents. Chewable and liquid forms make it easier for the body to absorb.
Everyone retains water all the time. It’s a terrible feeling and is incredibly annoying especially when you need to be alert and energetic throughout the day, but it is also your body’s way of calling for attention.
But if you suffer from excessive water retention, it may be a sign of a more serious condition, especially if you are not relieved after applying the dietary recommendations above. If so, you must pay attention to your body’s warning signs and seek proper medical attention.
Consider Losing Weight with Supplements
One of the best ways to assist in rapid weight loss is through using HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. This is a system in which a person takes pure drops of the HCG hormone found in pregnant women. When this hormone is in a body not supporting a fetus it works to tell the body to release fats stored in certain problematic areas such as the inner thighs and under arms. It also will make a large difference because of the role it plays in increasing metabolism.
You can’t just use any HCG though, you want to make sure you get them from a reputable distributor that will help educate you on the very precise HCG diet and its effects on the body.
Two other supplemental diets found to work well for those that are seeking rapid weight loss are the African Mango and Raspberry Ketone diets. These are diets that work with natural super foods to tame the appetite and boost the metabolism.
It’s important when you’re researching these supplements, you choose a company that backs them up with studies and results and a proven diet guide. Also, when taking the African Mango supplement it’s important to look for one that has Raspberry Ketones as an added ingredient.