Did you know, excess weight can be caused by water retention? There are a number of causes and several factors such as age, sex, stress, and hormone levels that need to be considered when trying to understand how much extra water weight we may be retaining.
It is important to note that body fat differs from losing water weight. Body fat loss comes from a combination of calorie burning exercise and keeping diet under control.
This article will look at the best ways to lose water weight fast and naturally.
What is Water Weight?
Usually when we consume liquids, our body uses what it needs, and the excess is disposed of when we urinate.
However, water weight is the process whereby our tissues collect fluids that cause it to swell up and instead of releasing the extra fluids, our body stores it between our organs and skin.
When this happens, we usually feel uncomfortable, bloated and generally unhappy with our appearance.
Why Is Water So Important?
We all know we need water. However, we don’t want to retain excess water unnecessarily. Here’s a quick rundown on why it’s so important to have an adequate water intake each day.
Our body is made of around 70% water and it uses the water for:
- Transport of nutrients through the body
- Temperature regulation
- Cognitive function
- Cleansing and detoxification
If our body is dehydrated, it will not be able to perform the above functions effectively. This will impact how we feel, how our body operates and potentially cause serious health issues. Therefore, ensuring we are constantly hydrated is vital.
The easiest way to identify dehydration is by regularly checking our urine – it should be a light straw like color and odorless. If it’s dark colored and has a strong odor, this will most likely be an indicator of dehydration.
The dark color and strong scent are signs that there is excessive strain on our kidneys as our body is struggling to flush out uric acid.
If we find ourselves in this position, we should drink about half our weight (in pounds) of ounces of water each day. This will ensure proper hydration. For those of us involved in intense exercise, or are in a hot climate, aim to drink another 1.5 to 2.5 cups a day.
The Benefits of Losing Water Weight
There are a few reasons we may want to lose water weight and the big one is because of the amount of bloating it can cause.
Bloating can have a negative effect on our appearance, cause us to feel weighed down and lethargic.
To be honest, it’s just an uncomfortable feeling altogether as we are left constantly feeling “stuffed”. That bloated ‘stuffed’ feeling is caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. This can come from food intolerances, infection, irritable bowel syndrome, or medications.
There are numerous reasons to lose water weight, these include improving athletic performance or even achieving an ideal weight goal for an event or competition such as boxing, modelling or fitting into that bikini for an upcoming holiday.
Regardless of the reason, the last thing we want is to feel bloated at any time in our life let alone at a special event and that is why in-order to prevent bloating, it is important we know what causes bloating.
When our body stores water in between our muscles and skin, we end up with the ever dreaded bloated “puffy” look and feel. Not only this, it causes the number on the scale to go up, making it hard to determine what our true weight is.
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