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I’m bloated, help!/I need to lose 5 pounds quickly!

I’m bloated, help!/I need to lose 5 pounds quickly!

Most people carry a few pounds of excess water weight.  This can vary between 2-10 pounds (or more!) depending on your diet, your weight, and your exercise habits.  This is mainly due to dehydration and/or too much salt.


If you want to lose a few pounds quickly, you should do 2 things:

  1. Drink a ton of water – 10 or more glasses a day.  If you exercise, add 1 glass for every 30 minutes that you work out.  (If you don’t get enough water, your body holds on to the water that it does have.  If you drink more, it lets more go.)
  2. Limit your sodium intake to less than 1500 mg per day.  (Salt makes you retain water.)

If you’re bloated this will help as well.

Expect to lose up to 10 pounds in a week; most people will lose about 5.  This will be from all over your body, not just your stomach; you can hold excess water anywhere throughout your body.

If you keep up with drinking enough and monitoring sodium, the weight will stay off.  Drinking more might even help keep your hunger at bay and help you drop a few pounds of real weight.