Losing weight is never easy. As we try to shed the pounds going into the new year, it can feel like a losing battle. Whether we’re trying to get our snacking under control, or fit exercise around our busy schedules, it can feel like we’re not making any progress, which can lead to frustration and self-loathing.
However, it’s possible that we might be looking in the wrong places when it comes to shedding the excess pounds. If you find yourself carrying around more weight than you should be, it could be down to your water weight.
And no, we’re not talking about feeling a little heavier after you plug a huge bottle of water or a big gulp soda. We’ve all been there, and for obvious reasons, that will be in and out of your system very quickly.
The water weight that we’re referring to here occurs when your body retains fluid in different places, and it is caused by a buildup of fluid in the circulatory system or in the body tissues.
It usually occurs when there is a change in pressure inside the capillaries; when the capillary walls are leaking, the water will stay in the tissues, which will cause swelling.
It can also occur if there is too much fluid in the lymphatic system. The fluid will remain in the tissues, which will cause swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, or any other parts where the fluids leaked. In other words, while fluid retention isn’t necessarily cause for alarm in a health sense, it definitely isn’t pretty, and it could make you look and feel bloated.
Luckily, there are ways around this. Click through to the next page to find out.