How you gain water weight and ways to get rid of it


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In your attempt to lose weight, you might have tried every tip and suggestion. But there are reasons that may not help you in your weight loss journey, no matter how hard you try. These reasons can include reaching weight loss plateau, not following the right diet, not working out properly and the most common is knowing the exact reason for your weight gain.

One such condition is gaining water weight, which can make you feel bloated all the time. Here we have mentioned a few reasons that can make you gain water weight and what can be done to prevent it.

When fluid gets collected in tissues, it causes swelling. Water weight is the area where the body retains fluid and most commonly, it goes to the kidneys. Instead of flushing out, the body stores it between organs and skin. It makes you uncomfortable and can be temporary. Water weight is not the actual weight gain.

Main causes of water gain are salt and carbs. Intake of excess salt can lead to water gain as sodium binds with water and traps it in the body. Hence, the higher the salt intake, the more are the chances of gaining water weight. Similarly, excess intake of carbs can also lead to water weight gain.

Another reason for water weight is poor blood circulation. The valves of our leg veins help in blood flowing towards the heart. But when there is poor blood circulation, it leads to the blood pools in the lower extremities and hence, causes fluid retention.

Pregnancy can also cause water weight. It usually happens when the woman is nearing her due date. This is why pregnant women notice swollen hands, feet, face and ankles. You may blame changed hormones but growing belly is also to be blamed. It tends to put a strain on the blood vessels and fluid goes out into the tissues and gets trouble in getting back to the vessels

You can prevent water weight gain by:

  • Avoiding excess salt intake
  • Drinking more water as when you drink less, your body tends to hold it
  • Avoiding excess intake of tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Exercising regularly as sweating will make you lose water weight
  • Eating hydrating foods
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