Easy Ways to Lose Water Weight

Easy Ways to Lose Water Weight
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Cauliflower Risi e Bisi

Pictured recipe: Cauliflower Risi e Bisi

Bloating seems to sneak up on you when you planned to wear your snug jeans or a sleek dress. That uncomfortable “it’s hard to button my pants” feeling may be a product of a gastrointestinal problem (thanks, gas), but it can also be caused by a temporary increase in water weight.

“We all have weight fluctuations. That’s completely natural for your body. There are many factors that can make you retain water,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club.

The biggest culprit for bloating and retaining water is too much salt. Your kidneys regulate how much water your body maintains or excretes. Consume a high-sodium meal and “your kidneys will hold back water to dilute that high salt level,” Harris-Pincus explains.

Hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle can create puffiness, too. In one Canadian study, women reported that fluid retention peaked on the first day of their period, so you may notice a predictable pattern in bloating around the same time each month.

Whatever the cause, it’s natural to want to debloat. After all, it can be a very uncomfortable state. You want to button up your pants again and slip on your rings without a struggle. Giving your body time to flush out excess fluid is the only “cure” you really need, but when you want to speed up the process, these eight tricks can help.

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