So glad to have found your research; it’s refreshing to have actually found someone who tells it like it is about water weight. So last year, I was feeling better than normal (I suffer from clinical depression) and was moving about more as a result. I also began to lose about ten pounds of water weight by the times of each of my quarterly doctor visits. My doctor was delighted and was certain it was because I had decreased my caloric intake and increased exercise. While it is true that I was moving around a little more (I mow our ten acre, hilly lawn with a non-self-propelled push mower, but I do a little of that each day) I have a very light appetite and usually consume around 700 to 1000 calories a day, or , I’m just not an “eater”. I’ve told my doctor this, but whenever I put on water weight (I’ve been tested and I’m certain it’s idiopathic; I even had facial edema and edema elsewhere all throughout my childhood, and my thyroid, kidneys, etc. always test normal); she stays focused on my “caloric intake” and “bmi” issues, because, after all, I’m on a thiazide diuretic (have been for years) and that should take care of any excess water.:/ So I just MUST be overeating or eating the wrong kinds of foods right now because my weight has been steadily climbing. But I know it’s fluid weight. My bmi is still normal, but up a couple of points. For one thing, I had broken ribs from a freak accident and wasn’t mowing, also my personal life took a bad turn and my depression got worse as a result. And so I’ve gained water weight that just won’t come off. When I fast, I lose no weight, not even water; I usually gain according to the scales. I would like to know your opinion. Does this sound like idiopathic edema? I’m seeing a different doctor next month, btw. Thanks in advance.
It’s incredibly important that because of the wide range of health conditions that can be associated with the signs of water retention in the stomach or abdomen that a doctor or health care provider be consulted should it present without explanation, be persistent or recurring or be accompanied with unusual or severe symptoms. Self treating at home can delay the diagnosis of potentially serious health conditions. However, when abdominal bloating and water retention rear their ugly heads due to menstruation, diet or lifestyle, exercise, some dietary changes and a little help from the water reducing power of nature can go a long way.
When was the last time you made every meal in the week from scratch? Be honest. If you are regularly hitting that target – kudos to you. But for most of you, chances are, a sneaky ready meal or takeaway creeps its way in. ‘Convenience foods are a godsend,’ says Lang. ‘But the salt they contain can make your body hang onto water to maintain a balance in your cells: hence that bloated face in the mirror. And you all know that white refined carbs make your blood sugar levels spike, which causes a speedy release of insulin. But too much insulin can also trigger your kidneys to re-absorb salt, causing your body to hold onto even more fluid.’