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Suggestions for How to Lose Water Weight

Does your weight fluctuate by more than a few pounds quite frequently? Do you look or feel bloated? If so, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been gaining fat. In fact, you could be holding onto some water weight. Fortunately, this is usually combatted quite easily.

What Is Water Weight?

Put simply, water weight is when your body’s tissues hold on to water instead of eliminating it through the natural process of urination. This excess water causes swelling and discomfort. Even though the symptoms aren’t all that pleasant, water weight is usually temporary and goes away on its own. Your body may retain water if it feels it’s not getting enough; so if you aren’t drinking enough water, your body’s cell will combat that by holding on to all that is available. This can cause the scale to move up a few pounds in a single day. 

You can normally tell the difference between water weight and regular weight gain by the suddenness of the change. A slight fluctuation in weight is normal, but water weight can be gained or lost overnight. Other signs to look for are swelling in your ankles, fingers, or wrists. If your rings or socks are leaving marks on your skin, this is a sign that water is behind the sudden swelling. You can also check for water retention with a simple skin test. If you press down on skin that appears to be swollen and it doesn’t immediately spring back and instead leaves a lingering indentation, there is a good chance you are retaining water. 

If you are having any additional symptoms or having trouble losing water weight be sure to make an appointment to talk to your doctor. In rare cases this could be a sign of a more serious health condition.

How Do I Lose It?

There are many causes of temporary water weight gain. Once you understand the root of the problem you will know how to lose water weight successfully. Firstly, be sure you are drinking plenty of water. A lot of times the puffiness of water retention is caused because the body isn’t getting enough.

Another way to combat the bloat is exercise, especially if you spend a large portion of the day sitting or standing. Exercise helps to move water through the body. Be sure to pay attention to your diet. Too much salt and a high carb diet can cause your cells to hold on to water. Try to manage stress. Too much stress can elevate certain hormones in your body, such as cortisol, that can contribute to this temporary weight gain. Finally, verify with your doctor to confirm if any medications that you take could be a contributing factor in your water weight. Some common medications such as blood pressure meds, antidepressants, and pain pills are all culprits.

The Bottom Line

By paying closer attention to your lifestyle, you can probably easily pinpoint several potential causes. Most of the time, weight gain from excess water is just a temporary nuisance. However, if you’re anxious to slim down quickly and feel better fast, then follow some of the above tips and you should be back to your usual self in no time. Once you understand the causes, you can even make an effort to prevent water weight with a few simple changes and precautions.