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Published on May 16, 2019

How to Lose Water Weight Fast And Naturally

How to Lose Water Weight Fast And Naturally

Did you know, excess weight can be caused by water retention? There are a number of causes and several factors such as age, sex, stress, and hormone levels that need to be considered when trying to understand how much extra water weight we may be retaining.

It is important to note that body fat differs from losing water weight. Body fat loss comes from a combination of calorie burning exercise and keeping diet under control.

This article will look at the best ways to lose water weight fast and naturally.

What is Water Weight?

Usually when we consume liquids, our body uses what it needs, and the excess is disposed of when we urinate.

However, water weight is the process whereby our tissues collect fluids that cause it to swell up and instead of releasing the extra fluids, our body stores it between our organs and skin.

When this happens, we usually feel uncomfortable, bloated and generally unhappy with our appearance.

Why Is Water So Important?

We all know we need water. However, we don’t want to retain excess water unnecessarily. Here’s a quick rundown on why it’s so important to have an adequate water intake each day.

Our body is made of around 70% water and it uses the water for:

  • Digestion
  • Absorption
  • Transport of nutrients through the body
  • Temperature regulation
  • Cognitive function
  • Cleansing and detoxification

If our body is dehydrated, it will not be able to perform the above functions effectively. This will impact how we feel, how our body operates and potentially cause serious health issues. Therefore, ensuring we are constantly hydrated is vital.

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The easiest way to identify dehydration is by regularly checking our urine – it should be a light straw like color and odorless. If it’s dark colored and has a strong odor, this will most likely be an indicator of dehydration.

The dark color and strong scent are signs that there is excessive strain on our kidneys as our body is struggling to flush out uric acid.

If we find ourselves in this position, we should drink about half our weight (in pounds) of ounces of water each day. This will ensure proper hydration. For those of us involved in intense exercise, or are in a hot climate, aim to drink another 1.5 to 2.5 cups a day.

The Benefits of Losing Water Weight

There are a few reasons we may want to lose water weight and the big one is because of the amount of bloating it can cause.

Bloating can have a negative effect on our appearance, cause us to feel weighed down and lethargic.

To be honest, it’s just an uncomfortable feeling altogether as we are left constantly feeling “stuffed”. That bloated ‘stuffed’ feeling is caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. This can come from food intolerances, infection, irritable bowel syndrome, or medications.

There are numerous reasons to lose water weight, these include improving athletic performance or even achieving an ideal weight goal for an event or competition such as boxing, modelling or fitting into that bikini for an upcoming holiday.

Regardless of the reason, the last thing we want is to feel bloated at any time in our life let alone at a special event and that is why in-order to prevent bloating, it is important we know what causes bloating.

When our body stores water in between our muscles and skin, we end up with the ever dreaded bloated “puffy” look and feel. Not only this, it causes the number on the scale to go up, making it hard to determine what our true weight is.

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To get the best indicator of body weight, use a BMI Calculator or take consistent tape measurements and record progress.

Remember, you may be in good shape, but due to water retention, it might not be visible. If we’ve gained good lean muscle, and have dropped significant body fat, all this work can be hidden if we are retaining water.

How to Get Rid of Water Retention

Here are 9 ways to lose water weight fast and naturally:

1. Cardio

30 minutes of cardio is a great way to sweat out water and burn body fat. Also, there are health benefits and cardiovascular improvements – a double whammy!

For best results, cardio should be done before breakfast as the body will use fat stored along with the retained water. Remember to pace yourself. Once exercise has been completed, wait 20mins before eating.

2. Use a Sauna

Sitting in the sauna is a great and easy way to lose water weight fast. If you’re new to a sauna, you probably won’t be able to sit in it that long. You may be able to do 10 to 15 minutes before it gets uncomfortable.

So, if you’re trying to lose water weight quickly, try staying in there for an hour, breaking it up into four 15-minute cycles.

Always remember to check any concerns you have with your doctor.

3. Wear a Sweat Suit During Your Workout

Whether it’s during the morning cardio or a regular workout any time during the day, wearing a sweat suit will get us sweating more. After all, the clue is in the title and it does exactly what it says ‘sweat suit’.

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Sweat suits really are a forgotten natural way to lose water weight.

4. Decrease Your Sodium Level

We should all aim to be conscious about decreasing our salt intake. Too much of salt can cause issues with high blood pressure and causes water retention in the body.[1]

Aim to stop adding salt to meals and be aware of sodium being added in manufactured and processed foods. Consumption of processed and prepackaged food will lead to an intake of large quantities of sodium.

Be aware that extra sodium even shows up in places we wouldn’t expect such as frozen food, frozen vegetables, and seasonings. The aim should be to get under 2300mg of salt each day.

5. Eat Asparagus

This is a natural food that combats bloat and helps our bodies flush out more water.

6. Get More Potassium

Foods high in potassium such as bananas, help to counteract salt; add them to your diet to reduce bloating.

Potassium supplements are available but for those who prefer to get it naturally, the following are good sources:

  • Bananas
  • Cooked spinach
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers

If you have any kidney problems, it is vital to be careful with high potassium foods and remember to always check with your doctor first.

7. Drink Herbal Teas

Most herbal teas are a safe, natural diuretics which help to flush out water from the body.

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Unnatural diuretics can be dangerous, causing symptoms such as jitters and other health problems. This is because, with herbal tea, we get smaller amounts of caffeine which acts as a diuretic.

Examples of berbal tea include:

8. Cut out Refined Carbs and Sugar

This is an overall good health tip as these types of carbs are very high glycemic and cause a lot of inflammation in the body.

One symptom from inflammation is swelling and bloating. Not to mention, our blood sugar will spike and crash from consuming carbs, leading to more cravings and feeling of lethargy.

Cutting this stuff out, especially sugar, will help lose water weight fast.

9. Drink Distilled Water

Distilled water is water that has been boiled into vapor and condensed back into a liquid in a separate container. When it comes to water weight, distilled water can help reduce it because it decreases the amount of sodium in the body by attaching itself to it and flushing out the excess sodium and water.

It is ironic but the best way to get rid of excess water weight is to drink more water. This is because, the human body likes to store and retain whatever we aren’t giving it enough of.

Dehydration makes our body hold on to water as a safety measure because our body doesn’t know if it’s on the verge of shutting down or not. Therefore, once our body is given adequate water it will flush out the excess water naturally.

The Bottom Line

Hopefully this article has shed light on the the importance of staying hydrated and how to lose water weight in a safe and healthy manner.

Remember, water weight loss differs from body fat loss. For whatever reason, if it is water weight we want to lose, this can be achieved in a natural and healthy way.

Featured photo credit: Steve Johnson via unsplash.com

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7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

    write down goals

      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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