As I am sure you will know by now, your body is made up of around 60% water but sometimes you are carrying a little too much, so today we want to show you how to lose water weight quickly.
Excess water weight can occur for a number of reasons with the most common being poor diet, lack of sleep and toxin exposure.
Many people look at dropping water weight as a good way to lose weight but please be sure you don’t cause yourself to become dehydrated as this is much worse for your body than carrying too much water.
Here are five simple ways to lose your water weight fast:
1. Sleep more
In recent studies scientists have discovered that when you sleep your body acts like a plumbing system to flush out toxins from your system. When people ask me about how to lose water weight my first answer is always to sleep more.
If you are not getting enough sleep then you are not giving your body enough of a chance to clear out the toxins that are leading to water retention.
For most adults the healthy amount of sleep you should be looking to get per night is between 7-9 hours. Getting around 8 hours sleep per night has many other health benefits besides just reducing your water weight so aim for that every night!
2. Reduce salt intake
Sodium is the most common electrolyte in your body and you top up your levels daily through your salt intake.
It plays a very important role in keeping your body hydrated but if your levels are too high or too low then this causes imbalances within the body that affect your fluid retention levels.
If you are consuming too much salt then you will likely see an increase in water retention. We are not just talking table salt here, this includes salt in processed foods as well, so be sure to check the nutritional labels of your foods to ensure they are not too high in salt.
3. Drink more water
Somewhat counter-productive you may think!
But research has shown that being well hydrated actually reduces the amount of water your body retains.
Drinking water is also crucial for maintaining your liver and kidney health which also play a major role in your fluid retention problems.
As a simple guide make sure you drink when you feel thirsty and stop when you feel hydrated. You can also monitor your urine colour to assess hydration. It should be light yellow or fairly clear, which is a good indicator that you are well-hydrated.
4. Reduce carb intake
In our recent article about the No Carb Diet we talked about the effect of carbohydrates on your water levels and bloating.
Carbohydrates are stored in your body as glycogen but glycogen also pulls water in with it as well. This means that eating too many carbs could be the cause of your water retention.
Many people notice an immediate drop in weight when moving to a low-carb diet and this is likely caused by the drop in water retention as a result of the lower intake in carbs.
It is difficult to strike a balance here, but try to slowly reduce the level of carbs you intake over the next few days and monitor the effect on your weight and energy levels to find a healthy balance.
5. Drink tea & coffee
Put simply tea and coffee are great diuretics due to their high levels of caffeine.
Caffeine has long been linked to increased urine output so adding an extra cup of coffee or tea to your daily routine should help you to get the extra fluids back out of your system. Drinking tea and coffee are also great because they don’t lead you to become too dehydrated as well.
I hope that you find these 5 tips for how to lose water weight useful for dropping your water weight over the next couple of days..
Be sure to keep an eye on your hydration levels as going too far is a lot worse for you than carrying a little extra water weight.