Losing weight is a tough job that gets tougher when all the normal remedies like exercise and dieting fail. At this point in time, you need to find out why your body is not responding to the efforts you’re making. First of all, analyze why you are not losing weight the way you should.
If you have been exercising, eating right and sleeping well, you should be losing weight proportionately. If you find that you are gaining a pound or two steadily every week, there may be something else that’s wrong. Water retention is a problem that is commonly prevalent among women. Hormonal changes, a high sodium diet and inadequate intake of fluids are some of the reasons why women are highly prone to retaining water in their system.
When the body does not have enough water, it triggers a panic and starts to retain any fluid that you may drink thereafter. This fluid gets stored in our bodily tissue and circulatory system and gradually causes bloating. The areas that are typically affected are the abdomen, ankles, fingers, feet and legs.
For those who are health conscious, a few extra pounds can be a huge problem and the only thing on your mind will be how to shed water weight. The good news is that it can be done with a little help, effort and discipline. Here are some steps to lose water weight.
- First off, drink 6-8 glasses a day. One of the main reasons for water retention is strangely, inadequate intake of fluids. When you drink the required quantity of water, your body functions normally and pushes out excess water in the form of urine.
- Exercise as often as you can. Choose the right kind of exercise to get the desired results. Do plenty of cardio like walking, cycling, swimming but avoid jumping rope. This might put too pressure on your feet, ankles and legs.
- Enroll yourself in a gym. If you like to workout at gym, talk to a fitness expert or a gym instructor and explain your water weight problem. They will be in a position to guide you on the best exercises and equipment that will help you effectively shed water weight.
- Eat plenty of yogurt. If you are wondering how yogurt fits into our list of ways to shed water weight, remember that everything we do has a positive, negative or neutral effect on our body. If you binge eat and find yourself bloating over the next few days, it is probably because your stomach is not able to digest the food you have eaten. Yogurt contains bacteria, that helps break down food substances and helps in speeding up the weight loss process.
- Reduce the sodium. Medical experts have often stated that consuming too much salt does lead to gaining water weight. By cutting down on salty food, eating more starchy cereals and adequate amounts of protein, you will less prone to water retention.
- Eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium and water. Make sure you eat one banana a day. Binge on watermelon and cucumbers, as they are both loaded with fluid. This plus the fact that they add nothing to your weight make them a must on your meal plan.
- If you are on any prescription medication such as steroids, you are liable to gain water weight. Ask your doctor for other alternatives. Try homeopathy or ayurvedic treatment.
- Add lemon juice to your drinking water. Shedding water weight can be quite a task but you need to be creative in thinking up ways to end your problem. When you fill up your water bottle for the day, squeeze in half a lemon. This will help you stay hydrated and feeling alert whenever you take a drink out of your sipper. Also, lime is supposed to have a positive effect in fighting weight gain.
- If you are pregnant and have a build up of water in your knees, ankles, legs and feet, immediately consult your gynecologist. Water retention during pregnancy normally happens due to the weight of the foetus and is as such a minor complication. Once you give birth, the water is released from the cavities and tissues and the swelling subsides.
- Drink cranberry juice and feast on raisins and prunes as these are natural diuretics. Diuretics are often given to flush out fluid from the body. Drinking too much tea can cause the body to dehydrate. Look for safer alternatives like green tea, herbal drinks and homemade juices (preservative-free).
- Check with a doctor who can advise you on the causes. Water weight is not a major problem unless all attempts at getting rid of it fails. If it comes to that, you must visit a physician and find out if there is any underlying condition. Water retention, therefore can be seen as a symptom of more serious health problems like heart disease, hypertension, menopause, thyroid imbalance or kidney trouble.
Tips and Warnings
- If you are not drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, your body might go into panic mode and save every drop you drink. At this point, even the lymphatic system, that normally sends fluids back into the bloodstream, cannot prevent water from collecting and staying in the tissues and cavities of our body.
- If you suffer from low blood pressure and require the sodium in the form of tablets, talk to your health care provider about other alternatives, like food, which naturally contains sodium.
- In some cases, allergies that are triggered by a change in weather can also affect the body’s functions causing water to remain around the eyes and parts of the face. Make sure you fully understand why your body has gained water weight before you plunge into a weight loss program. If there is any serious problem that requires proper medical attention, you might be only making it worse.
- Water weight loss happens gradually so be patient and follow the given steps carefully. Take multi-vitamins and supplements to keep your energy levels up.
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