When your body retains fluid in the blood tissues and circulatory system, it results in water weight that not only changes your appearance but also makes you feel tired. Once in a while, temporary water weight gain shows up in everyone. If you find your face, feet, and hands puffy, then you have gained water weight (1). This may result from lack of physical workout, incorrect medication, hormonal changes during periods and pregnancy, high dosage of sodium or sugar, allergies to insect bites or food, etc. (2)
A few dietary changes can help you lose that pesky water weight. You can shed around three pounds in a day with a strict diet. There are several ways to bid adieu to water weight naturally. However, if you have serious health issues related to kidney, liver or the heart, it is advisable to consult a doctor before undertaking these measures. Here, are some remedies to reduce water weight.
Healthy fats present in dark chocolate curb the craving and slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Eat a piece of chocolate that contains 70% cocoa after the meal. Cocoa contains caffeine which is diuretic (3, 4). This is why it helps you flush out the excess of water retained by your body.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar acts as a natural diuretic and helps maintain the potassium level of the body. Make sure you don’t drink this straight as the liquid is highly acidic and will harm your esophagus and tooth enamel. Use this in limited portions only. Add a tablespoon to a large glass of water and have this along with your lunch for the medicinal purpose (5).
The juice or concentrated extract can heal the kidney disorders, apart from reducing the water retention in the body. In fact, artichoke extracts are the chief ingredient in most of the weight loss supplements. Consumption of artichoke must be followed by ample dosage of water.
Asparagus has several health benefits. The antioxidants present in it help fight cataract and cancer (8, 9, 10). It is also rich in folic acid and vitamin C. Asparagus contains asparagines that help clean up the kidneys and reduce water weight (11).
5. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts belong to the cabbage family and help fight cancer (12). They are also rich in vitamin A & C, potassium, and folate (13). They curb your appetite and can diminish water weight speedily.
6. Cabbage Juice
Cabbage helps in breaking up the fatty deposits in your body. This is also loaded with dietary fibers (14).
You can juice up the cabbage with just water. Salt and pepper can be added for taste. Have it along with or before meals as many times as you want. Cabbage also helps break up the fatty deposits in your body.
Carrots are healthy and ideal for weight loss. They are loaded with vitamins like vitamin A & C, antioxidants, dietary fiber and minerals such as calcium & Iron; thus, makes you feel full for longer. Include some fresh carrots in your daily diet (15, 16). It helps speed up the metabolism process and removes excess fat and water.
8. Cinnamon Tea
Boil eight ounces of water. Add one cinnamon stick or a tsp of ground cinnamon to it. Cover the container for 15 minutes. Have cinnamon tea one to two times a day and see the impact in a just a week or two!
9. Chewing Gum
Flavored chewing gum reduces your appetite and regularizes the flow of saliva which, in turn, helps your body break down the stored starch and fats. It suppresses your appetite and regulates your hunger rate (18). Try using sugar-free gum instead of the one with sugar as that may increase your blood sugar levels.
10. Bottle Gourd
Bottle gourds are rich in fiber that reduces the appetite and make you feel full and hydrated for longer (19).
Take a cup of chilled bottle gourd juice and a tsp of lime juice. Whenever you wish to snack, prefer this.
11. Lemon Juice and Black Pepper
Take a glass of fresh water. Squeeze half lemon juice into it and sprinkle some black pepper powder. Stir it well and drink it once after the meal (20).
12. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds help burn the fat and increase the metabolism. It is also a natural appetite suppressant (21).
Being rich in nutrients, consumption of fennel water throughout the day reduces the water weight, especially around the abdomen area. However, avoid consuming more than 1 liter in a day and ensure that you use fresh seeds.
13. Cardiovascular Exercise
No diet will prove entirely successful unless you combine it with some exercise. Cardio increases your heart rate which, in turn, speeds up the metabolism and burns fat faster (22). Exercising daily for 45 to 60 minutes in morning is recommended. For fun dosage of exercise, you can try out cardio kickboxing and boot camp workouts. They tone your body parts and it is said that they are more effective when performed in intervals.
14. Rose Petal Water
Take some distilled water in a container and add some rose petals to it. Let it simmer for 15 minutes until the petals lose the color. Drink 100 ml of this decoction every morning on an empty stomach.
Note: Use fresh rose petals.
Watermelon is a low-calorie snack that refreshes you with its high nutritional value (23). It hydrates your body and being a low-fat fruit watermelon helps shed few kilos. You can either consume the fruit or make a salad of it with other fruits.
16. Dandelion-Cranberry Tea
On the other hand, cranberry juice speeds up metabolism and the vitamin C content helps reduce water weight (26). Prepare 2 cups of dandelion tea by steeping its leaves in hot water. Cool it down to the room temperature. Add half cup of cranberry juice in the above decoction. Now, take four cups of filtered water and pour it into the mixture. Then, squeeze the juice of 3 lemons to it. It is ready.
17. Epsom Salt Bath
Many celebrities follow this secret recipe for a flat abdomen. Add Epsom salt to your bath tub and soak in for about 15 minutes. This will help you lose weight. Repeat 2 – 3 times in a week.
18. Parsley Tea
Parsley is rich in antioxidants that help lose water weight (27).
It also prevents dehydration. Have it 2-3 times a day to cut down those extra pounds.
Note: Breastfeeding women should avoid using this herb.
Tomato stabilizes blood sugar levels, boost energy levels and curb your appetite (28). It is packed with abundant iron, vitamin C and calcium (29). So, include tomatoes in your daily diet to lose water weight.
20. Herbal Tea
There are a number of herbal teas that stimulate the reduction of water weight. For instance, you can start your day with green tea, lemon tea, sage tea, chamomile tea, etc. Green tea is diuretic, that is why it is widely used to get rid of water weight (30).
Apples are loaded with fiber that lowers down the appetite, regulates blood sugar levels, controls cholesterol and helps with weight issues (32, 33). Have at least two apples daily with its skin to obtain full benefits.
Note: Excessive intake of caffeine leads to dehydration.
- Exercise daily (35)
- Have a diet plan and stick to it.
- Consume fiber-rich foods (36).
- Go for Swimming
- Stay Happy. Meditate and indulge in activities that calm your mind (37).
- Take acupressure therapy from professional.
- Don’t try all methods at once; this will dehydrate your system. Ensure you stick to a plan and consult a physician if necessary.
- An excessive workout may be dangerous. Don’t lose more than 3 percent of your body weight.
- Avoid high sodium foods as it increases the water weight in your body. It includes soy sauce, canned foods, frozen foods, bread, olives, etc.
- Sugar should be avoided since it increases insulin level and decreases the ability to excrete body salts.
- Stay away from foods that contain high amount of carbohydrates.
- Don’t starve.
- Say no to aerated drinks.
- Stay away from alcohol as it leads to dehydration.