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Need help losing water weight via detox

Want to jump start the beginning of "lifestyle change". I feel very bloated. I do drink a LOT of water a day. 8-10 bottles...not 8-10 8 ounce glasses, but 8-10 bottles per day! I live in South Florida, it is essential to increase your water in this heat. But how much is too much?

I'm trying to monitor my sodium. Do you have any ideas? I always see people on Biggest Looser loosing all of this WATER WEIGHT in the beginning. How are they doing that?

food? beverages? exercise? detox? calonics (sp?)? herbal diet teas? juices? vitamins?

Hope to hear from you soon. Have a great Labor Day! :) - Stacy

Mon. Sep 3, 11:04am

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First of all, the people on The Biggest Loser are losing weight as a competition. Without the guidance and supervision they have, trying to pattern yourself after them is dangerous, not to mention unneccesary. There is no need to lose weight that quickly - give yourself a few extra weeks and it will not only be easier but you will not have the ugly extra skin The Biggest Loser contestants deal with.

Having said that, the water weight those people lose is from the 3-4 hours of exercise they do each day. They are sweating profusely for long periods of time every day. Of course they are also burning fat while exercising.

I don't think "detox", colonics, teas or supplements are really the way to go. Your body wants to hold on to water for a reason, so don't try to make it do something against its natural instincts. Being well hydrated is not a problem, it is actually great for getting rid of water weight because your body doesn't feel the need to hold onto any little water it gets. But reducing sodium could help greatly. Also, increasing your fiber may help with the bloating, as the source may not be what you thought.

If you feel like you are abnormally bloated, talk with your doctor, but I would advise against taking any measures on your own without knowing how they will affect your body. And remember that if you burn fat through diet and exercise, the few pounds of water weight you carry won't make much of a difference!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007, 2:05 AM

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