What Is Water Weight?

What Is Water Weight?

There is a lot of talk about water weight, and for good reason, as the topic can be fairly confusing, however; we are here to clear up a few details surrounding the mysterious weight that has a tendency to come and go in our lives.


Found in our blood, organs, muscles and bones, around 50 to 60 percent of our total body weight consists of water, and our ability to retain it depends on our eating habits. It is for this reason that you tend to feel bloated and swollen after eating foods that are high in sodium. You can even feel bloated with water weight the day after eating sugar. When you eat salty snacks and meals, the cells in your body are alerted and naturally hold onto water much in the same way that a sponge does. While we all need sodium to regulate blood pressure and fluid levels, that necessary amount is actually very small and the foods that we consume typically have far more than needed, which causes our body to hold onto excess water. Processed foods such as chips, canned veggies and soups, crackers, fast food, lunch meat, and even soda, are all packed with salt. 

Laying off the overly salty foods will naturally cause your body to shed water weight, which is why you will see a decline on the scale almost immediately. You are basically eliminating the excess water. Getting a bit more technical, when you restrict your calories, your body burns through the limited calories you have consumed before it starts to retrieve energy from your glycogen stores. As it turns out, glycogen is bound in the body by yours truly, water. When you actually burn glycogen, you end up letting go of the water that it holds onto. And that is how you shed water weight. For some, this initial drop on the scale can be as much as eight pounds, depending on your initial weight. Be aware that as your body adjusts and rehydrates, the number on the scale may rise a bit. If you’ve been eating salty, processed foods for a long time, it will take your body a little time to adjust to your new and improved eating habits. One way to steer clear of overdoing it in the salt department is to check nutrition labels before you consume the product. You may find that you see some pretty shocking sodium levels attached to the foods that you have been carelessly eating all these years.

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