Fat Loss Nutrition

What is Water Weight? Top Tips to Lose It!

What is water weight? People bring it up all the time. Have you ever heard someone say, “Well that’s just water weight!” when you tell them how much weight you’ve lost so far?

Guys, this phrase is pretty rough. “That’s JUST water weight,” can make you feel like the weight you lost wasn’t a really amazing victory. Any victories you have on your weight loss journey should be celebrated, because you are awesome.

With that being said, I think we should all understand the question: what is water weight? The more you understand what water weight is the more you can understand your body!

What Is Water Weight?

A large part of what makes up your body is water. How much water your body retains depends on what you’ve been eating and drinking. Things that particularly contribute to water retention are:

  • Sodium
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol

At its core, water weight comes from water retention.

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If you eat foods that are high in sodium and processed sugar, the cells in your body act like a sponge and soak up the water in your body. When your cells are full of this water, your weight will be a little bit higher and you might feel bloated.

Losing Water Weight

Usually when a new client of mine starts following a meal plan, drinking lots of water, and exercising they may drop a lot of weight in the first week or so. That first big drop in weight is so exciting and motivating to keep going!

Then the second-week hits and the scale doesn’t always show another big drop. If this happens to you, don’t get discouraged! Your first week of weight loss was probably water weight, and now your body is working on losing fat. Losing fat takes a little bit more effort than losing water weight.

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People lose water weight when they cut out sodiums, sugars, and simple carbs. Following a clean and healthy meal plan helps you drop water weight.

Everyone has water weight, and it can fluctuate like crazy. Even I struggle with water weight! If I spend a day or so eating lots of popcorn, pizza, and ice cream, I am always bloated and heavier the next day–not to mention it doesn’t make my body feel great.

When I’m retaining water weight, I try to clean up my diet by adding lots of greens, like spinach or IdealGreens, unseasoned chicken, and water to my meal plan. I always feel better within a few days. Sometimes even the next day I can see some results!

Long Story Short

what is water weight

If you’ve lost a lot of weight at the beginning of a new fitness program and meal plan, the first bit might be because of water weight. That means you’ve cleaned up your diet and your body is just that much healthier!

Feeling bloated is never fun, so I created the 3-Day Gut Reset Challenge to help you lose some water weight and reset your gut. The meal plans in the 3-Day Gut Reset Challenge are supposed to help you clean up your diet significantly.

Because the 3 Day Gut Reset Challenge has such low sodium and low carbs, you should not use it more than once every few months. Use the Gut Reset Challenge as a jumpstart to your goals, as well as to clean up your diet. Try it out and let me know how you did!

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Kami Price

Kami Price

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Kami Price is the Head Trainer for IdealShape. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a Pn.1 Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Yoga Instructor. Kami has been in the fitness world for over 10 years and prior to joining IdealShape owned one of the biggest private gyms in Utah.

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