Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lose water weight now!!!

The holidays are fast approaching but horror of horrors!! That dress you've picked out for Christmas is too tight for you.

Have you ever wondered why even if you are working out daily, the results don't show up on the scale? Or have you wondered how come your weight differs by even as much as 3lb the next day? Why does weight fluctuate so? The main reason is due to water weight. Water makes up 70-75% of your total body weight. When we are dehydrated, our body stubbornly holds on to every bit of water it has and causes water retention, which in turn makes us feel bloated and heavy. This is an evolutionary fact since the human body will try to maximize survival and this is a survival mechanism.

1) Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Not drinking water will make you feel dehydrated and your body will retain more water. Contrary to what would one expect but true!!
2) Avoid foods high in sodium. Most processed foods have a lot of sodium in it. Try and keep it natural.
3) Avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, soda) which has a diuretic effect but will also exacerbate your body to store water.

Here is a sure-fire plan to lose at least 2lb the first week of your weight loss plan! Drink at least 8 glasses of water and as much water as you can without feeling sick. This water will encourage your body to flush out the excess water. Limit your salt intake and intake of processed foods. And of course, continue to exercise to see results.

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