Why you may be carrying water weight
7 Reasons why you may be carrying water weight
Time of the Month: This is an obvious one and most women will know it from experience. It’s normal to gain about three to five pounds during your period. Generally, it will go away a few days after your period starts. Period-related weight gain is caused by hormonal fluctuations. It may be the result of water retention, overeating, sugar cravings, and skipping workouts due to cramps.
If you are tracking your weight weekly it’s a good idea to skip your period week.
Dehydration: This is not obvious to many. But if you don’t drink enough water your body feels threatened and goes into starvation (survival) mode. When this happens the body will retain water as a defence mechanism. The solution is to drink plenty of water to lose water! Once the body sees enough water coming in it will release it’s water stores and hence you lose weight.
Carb Intake: The body stores carbs it is not burning as glycogen. This is an energy store. Each gram of stored glycogen comes with 3 grams of water attached.
Sodium Intake: Sodium binds with water and can cause water retention. So if you’ve had a salty takeaway or salty processed food this can cause water weight gain.
Excessive Exercise: This can cause a healing response. Intense workout stresses our body in a positive way. That stress and micro-tearing damage to the muscle fibres induces water retention in the body. Your body releases cortisol during exercise, which can impact your fluids and cause your body to retain water. Also when you exercise regularly, your body stores more glycogen to fuel that exercise.
Hormones: Hormonal birth control can cause water weight gain. If this is happening you should consult a medical practitioner and discuss alternative meds. Stress can cause elevated cortisol levels which can impact on water retention.
Food Intolerances/Allergens: Both of these can cause water retention. If the offending food is omitted from the diet the effect on weight loss can happen quickly.
Exercise: Regular exercise is great at combatting water retention. Not only do you lose fluid through sweating but it encourages more water consumption through thirst. It can also help to decrease puffiness around the ankles etc.
Hydrating Foods: It’s a good idea to ‘eat your water’ – see the image below:
This idea might help you stay hydrated and lose weight!