Water Retention

Easiest Way to Lose Water Weight



High amounts of sodium, dehydration, medications and hormone levels can all cause water weight gain. Fortunately, getting rid of excess water weight is simple and usually doesn’t take much time. Ironically one of the most common causes of water weight gain is not drinking enough water. MayoClinic.com recommends men drink 13 cups of water a day, and women drink nine cups a day. Before treating water weight gain yourself, rule out any illness-related water retention by consulting your doctor.

Step 1

Drink water instead of sugary juices and sodas. Replacing sugary drinks with water will keep your body hydrated to help prevent dehydration that causes water retention. If you find drinking plain water hard to swallow, add natural flavor to it. Slices or squeezes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, ginger and cucumber add flavor without adding additional sodium or calories.

Step 2

Move your body daily. Doing cardiovascular exercise increases your heart rate and makes you sweat. Exercising daily helps keep your body’s water balance under control and increases your thirst for water, according to the American Council on Exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking, daily to improve overall health.

Pass on the salt. Sodium is a major cause of excess water retention. Pass on the salt and choose sodium-free spices, such as lemon juice, turmeric, basil and other fresh herbs. Watch out for hidden sodium in processed, refined and canned foods, always check the label for the sodium content.

Step 4

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Increase the amount of fresh foods you eat daily, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Lean proteins and complex carbohydrates keep your body functioning properly and help cut down on your total sodium intake.