4 Steps to Lose Water Weight Fast
Trying to lose those last handful of pounds? Prepping for an event that's coming up soon...like next week?? Do you feel bloated and sluggish??

Well, friend, the problem might be as simple as a little extra water weight. And simple problems often have simple solutions! Rather you call it water weight, water retention, bloating, or even the more technical term, edema, there  are some simple things you can do to drop that water weight quickly. 

In addition to these tips, be sure to consult your healthcare professional to monitor healthy hormones, nutrient levels, sleep, diet, and other factors that affect water retention, healthy weight, and overall health.

4 Steps to Lose Water Weight Fast

Do these tips everyday for a week to see quick results. You can also integrate these tips into your daily routines to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. 

1. Drink more clean water to lose water weight

  • It may sound counterintuitive, but staying hydrated is crucial for flushing out excess water weight. 
  • When your body senses dehydration, it tends to retain water as a survival mechanism. By drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day, you signal to your body that it's okay to release retained fluids. 
  • Drinking more water supports healthy digestion, improves physical performance during workouts, and boosts energy levels.
  • Drink less of other liquids. 
    • When trying to reduce water retention, drink less (and ideally, none) soda, coffee, alcohol, and other drinks that contribute to weight gain and water retention.
  • The average adult drinks 44 oz of water per day, about half the recommended amount.
    • The common consensus is to aim for at least 8-10  eight oz. glasses of water daily (64-80 oz. per day).
    • Another recommendation I see is to drink half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 pounds, this formula recommends at least 75 ounces of water daily.
  • IMPORTANT: The quality of your water is extremely important. 
    • Metals, chemicals, fluoride, chlorine, aluminum, lead, pharmaceuticals, petroleum products, and more found in tap water can cause additional water retention (and other health problems). 
    • I use a Berkey water filter to ensure my water is clean.
  • For added diuretic benefits, add lemon juice or 1-2 drops of Lemon Vitality to your water.
    • I fill a pitcher of Berkey filtered water every morning. My pitcher holds 80 oz. of water. That's my minimum water drinking goal. It helps me keep track of my water and reminds me to drink water every time I walk through the kitchen. 
    • When I do this, I average closer to 100 oz. of water per day -- which is above my goal of half my body weight in oz. of water.

2. Do gentle detoxes to lose water weight

  • Detoxing your body can help eliminate toxins and reduce bloating, both of which contribute to water retention.
  • Here are my favorite gentle detoxes. I do each of them at least a few times a week and sometimes daily:

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3. Eat food and take supplements & herbs that have natural diuretic benefits

  • Diuretic foods have natural properties that increase urine production and remove excess fluids from the body. 
  • Foods with diuretic benefits include:
    • Cucumbers
    • Watermelons
    • Celery
    • Berries
    • Asparagus
    • Bell Peppers
    • Onions
    • Garlic
    • Lemons
    • Beets
    • Cantaloupe

  • Reduce salt and sodium intake
    • Salt and sodium can increase water retention.

  • Supplements & herbs with diuretic benefits
    • Always consult your healthcare provider before changing your supplement routine.
    • Magnesium
    • Potassium
    • Dandelion
    • Parsley
    • Juniper
    • My favorite supplements to support healthy kidney, bladder, and digestion include:
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4. Increase movement & exercise

  • Exercising is always a key component to losing weight and it also applies to reducing water weight.
  • Physical activity is not only essential for overall health but also plays a significant role in losing water weight. 
  • Sweat more. 
    • Cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling, and swimming increase sweat production and facilitate the elimination of excess fluids through perspiration. 
  • Strength training exercises can help build lean muscle mass, which boosts metabolism and encourages the body to shed water weight more efficiently.

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