If dehydration had any noticeable effect on weight loss I'd still weigh 190 pounds. I am always slightly dehydrated; getting my water in is my single biggest challenge health-wise, heh.
OK that said -- yes, water weight does that. As has been said, you may notice it less as you lose weight, or if you get your intake of things like salt, sugar, alcohol (and of course water) to a very consistent and steady level. And you'll want to weigh yourself under the same conditions every time, first thing in the morning being the most reliable. (And then never pay attention to weights later in the day, because you *will* "gain".) But it's still going to happen.
Since the amount of weight that can be gained or lost purely from water on a day to day basis can equal or exceed the amount of real weight you might expect to lose in 2-3 weeks, this can easily be very frustrating to people. You have a couple of options for keeping your sanity. First, you can just not weigh yourself very often. The most reliable method (for a woman) would probably be to weigh only once a *month* -- I've seen suggested to do it 7 days after the start of your period each time. This means there won't be any effect from hormones messing things up.
The other way, if that's just too long, is to weigh more often, even once per day, but ignore the minor ups and downs and look at the longer trends. Over time you should be trending down. As long as that keeps happening and you keep seeing the new lows every so often, there's nothing to worry about.
Are you tracking your sodium intake? Salt Causes Water Retention and many people crave salty foods after eating a large carb rich meal. Sticking to a low salt diet will likely consist of the lower calorie, healthier foods associated with weight loss.
Maybe eat Rye bread with seeds as it eases constipation and bloat because of the fiber arabinoxylan. Eating an avocado and other potassium rich foods can combat puffiness by balancing excess sodium and reduce water retention . Also celery helps. Eat high water foods like cucumbers, Asparagus, ice slushies made from fresh berries, homemade veggie soup as it has less sodium when homemade, spinach, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, etc. Maybe do a web search on high water foods.
ELIMATE FOOD WITH SUGAR SOURCES. EAT FOODS WITH LOADS OF PROTEIN. Fried foods can delay digestion, so skip fried foods.
Sugar content in the body naturally increases insulin hormone levels, however, excessive sugar levels cause insulin levels to rise even higher. This high insulin level makes excretion of sodium from the body even more difficult. Eating too much salt boosts the production of insulin, the hormone that tells the body to store fat.
Maybe if you stay under 1500mg of sodium you will start to see weight lose once again. Works for me and might for you also. Drink lots of water too as mild dehydration can stall weight loss.
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What you're experiencing IS perfectly normal. Your weight is not a static number. Not only does it change from day to day, it can change from hour to hour as well. 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.
Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. This is something that happens every single month to just about every single woman. Does the water weight make her fat ? Yes, we get a little bloated. Does it last ? Nope, it's a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.
If you want to minimize water weight gain, you'll have to be mindful of your sodium intake. Eating too many salty foods can cause a person to retain water. BUT, once again, so can a hormone fluctuation as a result of a woman's menstrual cycle.
These kinds of ups and downs really are normal. That's why you can't tie your emotions to the scale. It's not healthy.
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This is very common, but it would be a good idea to talk with your Dr about it so that you can get information as it pertains to YOU and YOUR health. Sometimes there are things going on with our health which can cause it. I often gained a fair bit more than that in a day, and was on medication for it. The good news for me was that after I had lost a considerable amount of weight the fluid retention improved quite a bit and now my meds have been reduced by 50%.
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