How Can I Lose Water Weight?

Cutting back on salt can reduce water weight.
Green tea can help with losing water weight.
Water weight may only take a few hours to get rid of.
Eliminating water consumption can actually increase water retention.
Water retention can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can actually help cut water weight.
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  • Written By: Jessica Ellis
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  • Last Modified Date: 22 September 2014
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Water weight is the result of the body retaining extra water. Usually, excessive water retention is the result of poor diet and not enough exercising, although some medications can cause it as well. Water retention can even be caused by dehydration, as the body tries to hold onto extra water. Whatever the cause, water weight can make you feel bloated and swollen and make usually comfortable clothes too tight. To lose water weight, try out some of the following strategies.

Cut down your salt intake. Salt dehydrates the body and makes it grab for any moisture it can hold onto. By switching to a lower-sodium diet, you will not only be more likely to make healthy food choices, you will also help eliminate water retention. Cutting down sugar intake will also make high insulin levels drop, which will help your body rid itself of excess sodium.

Important factors that will help you lose water weight are respiration and transpiration, which can both be increased by regular exercise. Every time you exhale, your body loses a minute amount of water. Transpiration occurs when sodium and water are sweated out of the body, usually due to activity. By maintaining a healthy exercise regimen, you can increase both respiration and transpiration to help stop water retention. This doesn’t necessarily mean killing yourself at the gym. A thirty minute brisk walk four to five days a week will most likely provided the necessary levels of movement to lose water weight.

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Although drinking water leads to temporary weight gain, you should not stop drinking water to eliminate water retention. Water is vital to the body, hydrating the organs and helping to remove waste and toxins from your system. Denying your body water is counterproductive to losing water weight, as dehydration sends your body into crisis mode and will cause additional retention.

Some experts suggest swimming as a way to lose water weight. In addition to the exercise it will give you, water pressure can force water out of the body’s tissues and push the body to eliminate through urination. However, make sure that you drink additional water after a long or strenuous swim, as chlorinated or salted water can cause dehydration.

Insufficient nutrition can also lead to water retention. Be sure to eat foods high in protein, potassium, and amino acids. These nutrients have been shown by scientific studies to relate to water levels in the body. Ensuring you are getting proper nutrition will not only help your overall health, but will also help you lose water weight.

To help your body eliminate extra water, certain foods and herbs can aid you naturally. Dandelion root and green tea are both natural diuretics, although they may not be to everyone’s taste. One of the easiest ways to increase elimination is to add pure lemon juice or unsweetened pure cranberry juice to your daily glasses of water. These additions are excellent replacements for flavored or sugary drinks, can make your water taste colder and more refreshing, and help you stop water retention.

Unlike fat, water weight is easy to get rid of and can take only hours to achieve. If you notice the scale suddenly jumping a few pounds for no reason you can think of, water is normally the culprit. By following some of the tips above, you can safely and effectively lose water weight and get back into your skinny jeans.

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anon342310
Post 7

What about eliminating wheat products for one week, to see if you have false bloat?

anon144579
Post 6

6000 grams is about 13 pounds! (Good luck with that!). So I doubt they meant 6000 grams.

anon136450
Post 5

I want to keep myself fit and I need modern healthy weight loss ways. I hope your website will be helpful for me in this object.

anon109990
Post 4

@Lolita, great results from you. for the vitamin c, is it 6 grams or 6000 grams?

anon87724
Post 3

Swimming definitely helps reduce water retention. I have been going swimming for the past week and every time I go I have to urinate afterward, even if I go right before I get into the pool. And when I got home this morning I weighed myself again and had lost two pounds from my first thing weighing.

anon25499
Post 2

69 years male 130 kgs 5.8' height. Upper part very fat waist 60" chest about the same. Thighs 23" downwards thin. Out of proportion. Walking difficult unsteady on feet. Dr's recommends Lap. Gastric Bypass. Will this help? -Lawrence

lolita0311
Post 1

I have type 2 diabetes, too. I gained 80 pounds without even trying. I went on a desperate search to find out what was wrong with me and studied medical research! The answer turned out to be very simple: I used 6 grams of vitamin c, 1,500 mg. of vitamin b3 (niacinamide, not niacin), 400 mg. of b-100 vitamins, fish oil, I ate a low-carb diet and lost ALL of the weight I gained. It was mostly water, and I practically urinated the weight off. Not only that, but I got my energy and complexion back.

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