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10 Facts About ‘Water Weight’ To Know If You Want To Get Slimmer!

By Chandana Rao

If you are someone who is trying to lose weight, then, you would be ready to try anything to shed those kilos and get in shape, right?

Well, if you have already started with your journey of weight loss, then you would definitely know that it is not an easy path!

Losing weight can definitely take up a lot of your time and effort, as we may have already experienced.

Going on various diets and exercises, with no results, then binge eating - this can be a vicious cycle which can affect our health negatively.

water weight facts

If you are someone who is disappointed with your constant weight gain that seems to have no solution and you feel that you have tried every weight loss tip out there, you aren't alone!

Being overweight or obese can surely be a negative thing, especially in this era, where being fit and healthy is very important.

It also makes a person feel self-conscious and affects his self-esteem.
Weight issues can also lead to serious health complications such as diabetes, obesity, coronary disorders, joint pain, cholesterol, etc.

Now, many of you may have noticed that even with a strict diet and exercise regime, you still look "flabby" or you feel like you haven't lost weight.

This could be due to a condition known as "water weight". Learn all about it, here.


Fact 1: What Is Water Weight?

Water weight can be defined as a condition in which excess fluid is stored inside and outside the cells in the body, making it seem like you have gained a few kilos. Clothes feeling tighter, finger rings feeling tighter, etc., could all be due to water weight.


Fact 2: Check Sodium Intake

Even if you are following a healthy diet and exercise regime, if you feel like you aren't losing weight, check your sodium intake, because excess salt in the food is one of the main causes for fluid retention or water weight. Avoid salty foods as much as possible.


Fact 3: Carb-rich Foods

Although carbohydrates are very much necessary for a person's health and they must be a part of a balanced diet, consuming excess carb-rich foods, especially unhealthy carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, pizza, etc., can also cause water retention in the body.


Fact 4: Intense Exercise

We know that exercising is healthy and is good for weight loss; however, intense exercising, such as crossfit or weight lifting can temporarily cause water retention in the muscles, as the muscles are inflamed after exercise. This is quite normal and it will not affect weight loss.


Fact 5: Drinking Water

Although ‘water weight' is caused by the retention of fluids in the body, drinking water and keeping yourself hydrated can help reduce this problem, because water can flush out the other accumulated fluid in the body.


Fact 6: Consume Potassium-rich Foods

Another simple solution to ease away ‘water weight' is to consume potassium-rich foods like banana and leafy greens, as these foods are also known to reduce the fluid accumulation in the body.


Fact 7: Detox Diet

Going on a detox for at least a day in a week, where you only consume healthy juices, green tea and very minimum solid foods can also help reduce water retention in the body. This method can also help eliminate the toxins and waste from your body effectively.


Fact 8: Regular Massage

If you are constantly suffering from ‘water weight' issues, then getting regular massages can also help ease away the excess fluids accumulated in the body. Massages can decrease stress and stress is also known to be a causative factor for water retention.


Fact 9: Hormonal Fluctuation

Make sure that you are not suffering from any hormonal ailments, because fluctuations in hormones can also cause ‘water weight', especially in women, during their periods. Pregnancy can also lead to water retention in the body.


Fact 10: Consuming Balanced Diet

Consuming a balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis should be enough to take care of water retention. Water weight is usually temporary and it is nothing to worry about, unless it persists for a long time.

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    Story first published: Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:00 [IST]
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