Do This To Lower Your Water Weight
This article outlines simple, healthy lifestyle tips for tackling water weight.
- Water normally makes up 50 to 60 percent of an adult’s total body weight. Any extra water being held in the body is referred to as “water weight.”
- When water builds up in the body, it can cause bloating and puffiness, especially in the abdomen, legs, and arms.
- Water levels can make a person’s weight fluctuate by as much as 2 to 4 pounds in a single day.
- Severe water retention can be a symptom of heart or kidney disease. More often, it is temporary and goes away on its own or with some simple lifestyle changes.
Ways to lose water weight
There are a variety of ways a person can lose water weight quickly and naturally. We look at the most effective techniques:
1. Reduce sodium (salt) intake
An easy first step for beating water weight is to replace sodium-rich foods with low-sodium equivalents.
Too much sodium, or salt, can cause immediate water retention. This is because the body needs to keep its sodium-to-water ratio balanced to function properly, so will hold on to water if too much salt is consumed.
The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americansrecommend no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. An average American will eat over 3,400 mg every day.