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8/16/12 9:04 P

you might also take a look at your sodium intake. Too much can result in retained water (and other bad things) Recommended maximum for those under 51 years old without hypertension is 2300mg per day and under 1500mg per day for those with hypertension or older than 51 years of age (minimum 500 mg per day for everyone but it is very difficult to get too little sodium).

I know I didn't realize how much sodium I was consuming until I started traking it and most days it was well above 3000mg per day! Might be worth looking at.

Edited by: IWANT2SLEEP at: 8/16/2012 (21:05)
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8/16/12 9:02 P

just watch the salty foods, and i find some teas help like chamomile, and yes drinking lots of water.

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8/16/12 4:29 P


There is no standard amount of water one should/needs to consume and as Archimedes mentioned forcing your body to take in more does not guarantee faster results. The new mantra is, "Let your thirst be your guide." If you are thirsty, then you may need some fluids, but remember your body makes fluid as well as we get fluids from our food so please do not feel the answer to this issue is drinking more water. There is a very serious, yet rare condition called hyponatremia that can be caused by drinking too much water/fluid.

Remember our bodies are made up mostly of water, therefore anytime we have a deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts and hormones, any of these can lead to a shift on the scale.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

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8/16/12 3:20 P


Drinking more water could help you lose some of that water weight. Mostly, you shouldn't try to force your body to do something it doesn't want to do. Let your body release that water on its own.

There are many different reasons a woman retains water. It could be hormonal. 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.

It's been extremely hot across most of the US. If you are the least bit dehydrated, your body will hold onto water.

Yes, there are days I have consumed at least 4 liters of water. Did I gain weight ? Yup. Did it last ? Nope.

Be patient. I know the bloating feels uncomfortable, but let your body release that water when it's ready. It really is only for a handful of days. These things do pass with time.

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8/16/12 3:14 P

3L? Wow, that's a lot of water. I do good to get my 8 cups a day some days. It is also possible that you are drinking too much water. If drinking more water doesn't help, maybe you should try drinking less.

JESSICAW1021 Posts: 2
8/16/12 3:09 P

Thank you!!! I will try that I guess my body needs more then 3L a day :)
Thank you for the help

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8/16/12 2:23 P

When you have a gain from water weight, the best thing you can do is drink more water! It sounds strange, but it's true. Your body retains water because it's not getting enough so it hangs onto what's available. When you drink more water, your body will let go of what it's been retaining. Drinking water also helps to flush the toxins from your body.

I tend to have water weight gain on Monday because I am busy on the weekends, and I don't drink as much water. When I'm at work, I always have my water bottle right beside me on my desk so I hit my water target.

JESSICAW1021 Posts: 2
8/16/12 2:13 P

When i have water gain, I get made at my self and start to lose my focus. Any tips on how to stop the water gain? Or when it is here how to get it to go away?

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