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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,214
3/24/13 8:59 A

Yes, drink water but other sources like fruits and veggies count too! Some fruits and veggies can hydrate you just as well as water. They also can act as a natural diruetic.

Vegetables also can decrease fluid retention, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Supplementation with vitamin C can also treat water retention, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center...Vitamin C occurs naturally in citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, peppers and leafy green vegetables, I am not suggesting vitamins since you should check with your doctor prior to any over the counter supplementation, just the foods.

Maybe some homemade veggie soup which has less sodium than the canned variety, also Asparagus, cucumber, celery, spinach, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, mustard greens, collard greens, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet peppers, spinach, strawberries, grapefruit and brocolli, artichokes, watercress, cabbage, onion, even carrots, parsley, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and tangerines.

Remember salt attracts fluid...check the labels on the foods you eat...especially chicken as in America chickens are injected with sodium to make them look plumper.

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3/19/13 1:11 P

I am glad that you reached out for help. It shows that you really care about your own health and trying to make good decisions. That is something to celebrate. No amout of effort will make this a steady process but the effort you make and the attitude you have each day will show more than the number on the scale.

1MUSICAT Posts: 1,592
3/19/13 12:19 P

Glad you are doing better now. Hang in there. Sometimes it's best to hide the scale and just weigh in once a month or so. Look to other ways to keep tabs on how you are how you feel, making good food choices, drinking plenty of water and seeing how your clothes fit.

MEL-243 Posts: 604
3/19/13 11:25 A

This is ALL some great advice! I definitely feel a little better now. I should have know that it may be water weight.
oh well! heres to a new me!!!
Thanks friends!!!!!!

3/19/13 11:08 A

Don't worry! If you just started increasing your activity and eating better, your body is probably adjusting, and retaining a bit of water right now. It happens to us all!

Make sure you get your 8 glasses of water, avoid salty stuff, and that should flush out all those pesky water pounds!


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3/19/13 11:06 A


Welcome back to Spark People ! I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health and weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Don't tie your emotions to the scale. there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. It is not unusual to see a jump in the scale like that. Why ? It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

I can easily gain or lose 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. So, don't let the scale freak you out.

Instead, start by making some small changes. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. If you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It starts with one small change because one small change CAN change your life.

Don't worry about the scale for now. Think about those small changes first.

KCDEEE Posts: 2,267
3/19/13 9:48 A

Hi Mel, Starting any new project takes a bit of adjustment.... and did I see where you have LOST 20 pounds? Congrats on that...... TAKE A BREATH and today is going to be better emoticon

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3/19/13 9:41 A

Hi Mel,

Remember there are so many factors that can affect the number on the scale which have nothing to do with real 'weight' or 'fat' gain...the weight of the food and liquid you just ate, the last time you used the restroom, water retention, hormonal changes, clothing and more. This is why having other non-scale goals are so important.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

MEL-243 Posts: 604
3/19/13 9:29 A

I am just getting back into the flow of using SP again.
I know it has only been a few days going but I have gained 5 pounds!
I feel soo unmotivated & discouraged right now.

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