Keeping up the pressure, here is another of my Top 100 weight loss tips with article number 69 in the series. For this post, I’m going to look at how to lose water weight, or ways to reduce water retention.
Water retention, or Edema (to give it its proper name, which is the accumulation of fluids within body tissues) is something that affects a lot of people and it can be dealt with. That is not to say that losing retained water is a permanent weight loss strategy, but if you are retaining excess fluid, it will make you a little lighter to get rid of it.
How to Lose Water Weight
First of all, if your body has tended to accumulate and hold on to excess fluids, the best thing you can do is visit your doctor so that he can take steps to learn the cause. Your doctor may be able to determine if an underlying medical condition is causing your edema. While edema itself can be harmless, your doctor can check if it is a symptom for one of these medical conditions:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems (including cirrhosis)
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- PMS symptoms (eg bloating)
- Thyroid problems
Your doctor may prescribe diuretics to help those suffering from edema. Diuretics helps the body get rid of excess retained fluid. You should not indiscriminately use diuretics when trying to lose weight as it can lead to potentially serious problems such as dehydration and potassium deficiency.
If there is no medical condition evident, then the next step is to look at your diet for a possible cause. It may surprise some to realize that a change in diet can be an effective way to lose water weight.
You need to know that certain factors in your diet can contribute to fluid retention. Just by making simple changes to that diet, you can reduce your water retention naturally. The four major contributing dietary factors are an excess of sodium (salt), refined sugar, lack of proteins and lack of amino acids and/or B-vitamins.
So straight away you can see that by reducing your salt and refined sugar intake, you can cut down on the water retention. Also by increasing the amount of protein rich food as well as increasing your intake of amino acids and B vitamins, you can also reduce the amount of water your body retains. And you do it all through diet alone.
Additionally, you should eat foods with high water content. This improves the body’s elimination of excess fluids. Beets actually help your body to fight floating fats and fatty deposits. Some foods contain elements that boost kidney performance. These foods would include things like:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Oats or oatmeal
There are some natural herbs and foods as well as some liquids that provide natural diuretic effects and are completely safe to eat. These include
- Celery and celery seeds
- Cider vinegar
- Cranberry juice
- Dandelion and Dandelion leaf tea
- Green tea
- Fennel (or fennel seeds)
- Juniper berries
- Parsley (flat leaf is best)
- Stinging Nettle
In addition to the above you should actually drink more plain water. Despite how it looks, this helps your body to remove excess fluids. You can also drink herbal teas such as camomile, mint and ginger as these also help with kidney function to flush the excess fluids.
To also boost the good work that the above diet changes can make, you should make sure you are getting plenty of mild exercise daily, such as walking, swimming or playing sports.
100 Weight Loss Tips number 68 follows in the next post!