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Bye, Bye, Belly Bloat!

Bloating is frequently associated with pain, discomfort, and a sense of being "stuffed." It can also make your stomach appear larger. Here are a few tips on how to feel lighter.

The first thing you need to do is get an idea if your body is retaining more water than it should. If your skin feels puffy in any part of your body, especially in your legs, arms, ankles, and abdomen. That could be a sign of swelling from water retention. Also, look if there is any noticeable swelling. Do your best to make sure that water retention is what's causing your weight gain.

Stay Hydrated

You can retain water because you aren't staying hydrated. Don't stop drinking water or try to limit fluid intake if you believe you are retaining water. This only makes the problem worse because the body will do its best to store every precious drop it gets. It is vital to your health that you stay hydrated.

Reduce Sodium

Instead of decreasing how much water you drink, you should try to cut your sodium intake. This is one of the "secrets" to avoid water weight gain. If you are healthy and your doctor says it is okay for you to do so, then cut out as much sodium from your diet as you can. Your doctor can tell you a safe amount of sodium intake.

Potassium and Calcium

Make sure you are getting enough potassium and calcium. These nutrients help regulate how your body processes water. A deficiency can throw that system out of whack.

Diuretics

Diuretics help the body to get rid of excess water, but only if approved by your doctor. There are over-the-counter diuretics, and some beverages also have diuretic properties, giving you another potential method to avoid water weight gain.

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Final Thoughts

In a single day, water levels can cause your weight to fluctuate by two to five pounds. It is unnecessary dead weight to log around through the day. Most of the time, it is temporary and will go away on its own or with these simple lifestyle changes.

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