some sort of joke?" I muttered as I stepped on and off
the scale three times in a row. This news was not the
sort that I wanted to start my day with. "There is no
way I gained three pounds overnight! All I ate yesterday
like this make dieting one of the most loathsome endeavors
known to man. I've had several moments such as this
in my experience. The last time this happened, I was
so upset that I nearly broke down in tears. There are
also days, of course, when dieters wake up to discover
they have LOST several pounds overnight. These are mornings
to be savored and remembered. However, these dramatic
shifts in weight, up or down, hardly ever stick. The
pounds are put back on or lost by the next day. What
causes these weight fluctuations that tease the emotions
of every dieter? The answer is nearly always water weight.
bodies are so saturated with water, we are practically
walking, talking Evian bottles. Each of our cells contains
water that it uses and eliminates everyday. Under normal
conditions, this water gets replaced.
dieters are often dehydrated because of high exercise
and low water intake. This leads to dehydration. Dieters
on high-protein diets are also susceptible to dehydration.
Dieters that take certain herbal supplements, such as
Dandelion extract, are suspectable to dehydration. High-protein
diets and certain supplements will cause a very quick
weight loss. This weight loss, however, is not fat loss...it
is merely water loss. Once their bodies return to the
healthy, fully hydrated state, the weight comes back
on virtually overnight.
about when our bodies seem to be retaining too much
fluid? We say we are 'retaining fluids' when excess
water is stored in our tissue spaces between cells.
This feeling of being bloated and uncomfortable is a
common complaint of dieters. In some rare instances,
the cause of the fluid retention is a hormonal imbalances.
This cause can only be determined after tests have been
run in a doctors office. Many of us suffer from bloating
because of a second cause: taking in excess sodium.
When we eat all those delicious salty snacks, our body
will retain more water in order to dilute the sodium.
A third cause for fluid retention seems counterintuitive
at first blush: not drinking enough water.
feel bloated with water, why should I drink more water?"
was my first reaction to this news. As it turns out,
my body is trying to do me a favor. While I may initially
drop a few pounds because I'm dehydrated, my body soon
quickly believes that I may be in real danger. All the
fluids my body can get, it tries to store in order prolong
my survival in this apparent time of need. Most of us
are fortunate enough to have access to safe, clean water
whenever we need it. According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking
water has benefits that go beyond preventing water weight
lessens fatigue by keeping muscles in good a contractile
water will maintain beautiful skin. For those
who lose a large amount of weight, consuming lots
helps to prevent the dreaded sagging skin.
we don't drink enough water, the body will absorb
water from the colon which will lead to
makes a great appetite suppressant! Drinking a
of water before meals fills the stomach and
the amount of food we need to eat to feel
Next time you want a between-the-meal snack,
a big glass of water and wait a few minutes.
be surprised how many calories you can save
may actually slow down our bodies' ability
fat. Water is essential for the chemical
of metabolism to occur efficiently.
dieters are working hard to lose weight, an apparent
overnight gain of a couple pounds can be very disheartening.
This discouragement can be avoided by drinking plenty
of water, staying away from excess sodium, and resisting
the urge to weigh yourself everyday. A healthy dieter
will recognize that weight fluctuations do occur and
weight changes from one day to the next are meaningless.
Try not to weigh yourself more than once every week
or every two weeks. Give yourself a break! You don't
need the scale to dictate whether you will have a good
day or a bad day. By taking these precautions, dieters
can avoid the emotional distress that goes along with
rapid weight gains and losses.