One of the worst things my body does is puff up with water weight. I despise it, yes, that is right-I despise it. I can go from fitting into my favorite jeans perfectly to being completely uncomfortable and neurotic as to why just 24 hours later everything fits tighter, my eyes are puffy and I feel like a sumo wrestler. I am not into taking water pills or anything like that so I wanted to share some things that you can do in your diet to help you lose that water weight or even better-avoid it altogether.
Bye, Bye Water Weight Tips
**Drink Water- I feel like I say this almost everyday when writing about something you need to do to be healthy. If you are not drinking enough water then your body will go into survival mode and retain water. Drink at least eight (8 ounces each) glasses of water a day (I have also heard that drinking half your body weight in water a day is a good idea as well-ex-if you weigh 100 lbs then drink 50 ounces of water). Tip- Try filling up a 32 ounce or 64 ounce cup and it will go down quicker I find.
**Avoid Foods That Are High In Sodium-Diet drinks and foods such as canned soups, hot dogs, ham, bacon, frozen dinners and pizza tend to have high sodium content so watch out for these (plus they are not the healthiest choices). I also find when snacking on nuts that I tend to retain more water if I buy the salty ones (which of course are the ones that I want). I try to buy raw almonds or lightly salted instead of the salty cashews that I adore.
**Add Lemon Or Lime- I love to add lemon to my water! Not only do lemons and limes act as a natural diuretic but they really can refresh the taste of water. I also like to squeeze lemon on my salads and for you non-vegetarians, fish is excellent with a little lemon!!!
**Try A Natural Diuretic-Natural diuretics (meaning they relieve water retention by making you urinate more) can help you to flush some of those excess fluids . Some popular natural diuretics are green tea, which has been used for centuries in China, dandelion leaf teas, cranberry juice, and apple cider vinegar. My personal favorite of these is the green tea. Please keep in mind to use any diuretic in moderation.
I hope this helps make those bloated, puffy days a tad less uncomfortable.
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