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Water Weight And Our Bodies

First off, don’t panic! You’re probably experiencing some extra water weight—totally normal to have every now and then, especially considering there are dozens of things that make you bloat (for me certain foods make me bloated like crazy). And you’ve likely heard about water retention before, but do you really get what that means for you? No worries, I got you. Here’s everything you need to know about water weight.


 Water Weight 101

 

When you’re holding onto excess water weight, you’ll notice that your ankles, hands, and other extremities will look a little swollen. Annoying, yes—but totally normal. “[Water weight] is extra water that’s hanging around the tissues, joints, and body cavities between cells Another downside of water weight? Minor weight gain. Usually, the water weight will make you five to 10 pounds heavier and can easily be a reason for why you gained weight this week.


It’s Different From Fat

Woman by window - water weight

As mentioned, water weight does make you gain weight, but it’s a different kind of weight gain than body fat. For one, water weight is not linked to calories consumed or expended; meanwhile, fat weight is linked to an imbalance of energy and is manipulated by eating fewer calories than you expend. The upside to water weight gain is that it will go away (eventually). It’s not permanent nor contributes to long-term fat gain.


It’s More Prominent in Women Than Men

Couple having coffee - water weight

What a bummer! Since women generally have smaller bodies than men, there is less space for water. So, women are (sadly) going to notice their differences in weight more than men.


Too Much Sodium

Group eating chinese food - water weight

After eating a delicious restaurant meal or any of the salty snack, you might notice a little belly bloat. Your body reacts to higher levels of salt intake by storing more water to keep sodium blood concentrations at a healthy level.


Eating Pasta and Bread

Pasta in colander - water weight

Let’s put the “carbs make you fat” rumors to rest. However, feasting on bread and pasta does indeed result in more water weight. One gram of carbs tend to store 3-4 grams of water—so if you’re consuming more carbs than you can efficiently use in one sitting, they’ll end up getting stored as glycogen and make you hold onto more water.


Dehydration

Beer bottles on wooden table - water weight

Ironically, skimping on your H2O is the result of water retention. When you’re not drinking enough (water), your body holds every drop to prevent severe dehydration. That goes for alcohol, too. Since it’s a dehydrator, boozing makes your body hoard water, even more, causing unwanted bloat the next morning.


Hormones

Stressed and upset woman - water weight

And here’s another culprit as to why women can’t escape from the water weight mayhem. Our hormones affect how the kidneys function and how much fluid your body retains. Changes in a menstrual cycle can influence water weight gain. This is why you’re so bloated during the premenstrual week and then deflate and once Aunt Flo arrives.


Medications and Supplements

supplement - water weight

People who take medication for high blood pressure may notice an increase in water weight gain. Bodybuilders who take supplements such as Creatine will notice water weight gain because their muscle draws water into the cell. The same goes for people who are on birth control. The added hormones can influence water weight, which is why people usually associate the pill with weight gain.


Exercise Daily

Women running - water weight

Ever notice that after a hard workout, your muscles look swollen? It’s because your muscles are filled with water, preparing themselves to grow. But in the long term, working out stimulates blood flow that flushes out any excess water your body has.


Avoid Salty Foods and Carbs

Pretzels - water weight

Forget the salty, processed foods. Instead of packing on the salt, try experimenting with different seasonings. And as for carbs, try to space them out throughout your day. If you’re not going to do anything active, you might want to limit your intake.


Avoid Juices and Cleanses

Juice bottles - water weight

A long-term juice cleanse may sound like a fast solution to drop the pounds, but in reality, it’s packing on the water weight. Not only are you skimping on vital nutrients like protein, but when you’re consuming just juice for a long time, your Lymphatic system weakens and can’t keep up with the fluid balance and all that liquid wastes ends up hanging out between cells.


Protein

Different types of protein - water weight

I know that protein is essential for reaching your weight loss and muscle-strengthening goals, but did you know that skimping on this nutrient can actually set you back and make you gain water weight? Be sure you’re eating enough protein and calories to meet your muscles needs


Water

Pouring water - water weight

Like I said, not drinking enough H2O can actually result in more water retention due to dehydration. To counteract the bloat, try to get a minimum of 8 cups of water a day to beat the bloat.


Water-Rich Foods

Grapefruit - water weight

Foods with a high percentage of H2O such as watermelon, cucumber, grapefruit, celery can help you flush out excess sodium that’s lingering in your body.


Magnesium Foods

Kale - water weight

Studies have shown that women who took 200 grams of magnesium a day can reduce water retention before your periods. Great food sources of magnesium include leafy greens and nuts.


Potassium

Bananas - water weight

Eating high-potassium foods can help reduce water retention. These foods are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Potatoes
  • Bananas

But those electrolytes work oppositional of one another decrease sodium levels and increase urine levels.


Final Thoughts

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.

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