Water Retention

I am told that Julia Roberts weighs herself everyday. While I have no way of verifying this fact, I do the same, weigh myself first thing in the morning at the same time. Weight is like temperature and gives you a good indicator of how your body is responding to how you are treating it. An increase in weight is oftentimes an indicator that your diet is amiss as even the slightest deviation in food can increase your weight by a pound or two. However, there is one factor that causes your weight to fluctuate on a regular basis and that is water retention.

Your body is approximately seventy percent water and therefore the amount of water in your body can easily fluctuate. As you ingest water, your body can tend toward retaining the water if you are eating too much salt, if your lymphatic system is not functioning well and if the veins in your legs are not circulating blood properly. Toxins, a low calorie diet and medicines, especially histamines, can do the same. Finally not enough protein in your diet can also cause water retention.

When you become mindful of the food you are eating, the first thing you lose is water weight and therefore this is the easiest weight to lose. To lose water weight, you need to be watchful of the amounts of sodium that you are consuming, which are particularly high in processed and canned foods. Also, foods high in sugar contribute to water retention so a carbohydrate rich (especially from foods with a high glycemic index) causes water retention. Therefore cutting back on sugar also reduces water retention. Funnily not having enough water also causes water retention and therefore drinking at least eight glasses of water is important.

The effect of mindful eating is wonderful because it positively impacts so many aspects of your living body. For one, your weighing scale will fluctuate less.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.