I really dislike water bloat. I hate how excess water makes me look (it really shows in my face) and I can’t stand how my clothes fit. As I mentioned in my post-vacation report (see yesterday’s blog for the details and a link to the pictures), I completed my vacation up more than five pounds–most of which is water. I returned to my normal healthy diet yesterday, and this morning I’m down a couple of pounds but I can tell that I’m still retaining water. This morning I’m going get rid of that water the natural way by going for a long and very intense mountain bike ride.
If you’re retaining water and want to get rid of it, I definitely do not recommend diuretic pills or water deprivation. I’ve found that the best way to get rid of excess water is to eat healthy, reduce sodium intake, drink lots of water and exercise intensely. Natural diuretics like grapefruit can also be helpful. When I’m out mountain biking today I’ll consume almost 100 ounces of water (and around 2 gallons by the end of the day), but I’ll sweat away much more than that. It may seem counter-intuitive, but reducing your water intake will actually cause your body to retain water.
I can’t even describe how good my healthy and light meals tasted yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every last bite of what I ate last week while I was on vacation, but by the end of the week I was craving a simple grilled chicken breast and brown rice. I am going to have no problem eating healthy this week. Junk food sounds terrible right now.
I’m off to the trails!