Is Water Retention The Reason Behind Your Weight Gain?

Is Water Retention The Reason Behind Your Weight Gain?

The human body is on average composed of 55-75 percent of water. You can figure out the importance of water for the normal functioning of the body merely by looking at the quantity of it required by the body.

However, water retention is still one of the most widely faced issues by the people. It can also lead to a couple of other problems such as pains, aches, swelling and weight gain which makes the affected person look for ways to shed off the excess pounds.

Losing the weight caused by water retention can be hard considering you actually have to solve the problem which is affecting the water levels in your body.

There can be many reasons for water retention. The general health of a person along with some of the daily habits can also lead to putting on water weight. A high intake of salt and health condition related to the kidney is two of the most common reasons behind water retention.

In accordance with the studies, if you have higher than needed amount of water in your body, you can have an excess of five to ten pounds! Some of the people who struggle with weight also seem to have a lot of water weight and most of the times they are not even aware of it.

Some of the cases of water retention, weight gain, and other related problems have reported that 88 percent of edema or swelling caused by too much water in the body has been linked to a combination multiple health conditions.

What Causes Water Weight?

The number one cause of putting on water weight is a high-sodium intake. If you take a look at the Standard American Diets, every other average American loves salty food.

Sodium is a mineral that is required for fluid balance in the body and the blood. Too much of it in the diet can lead to a variety of problems. Water retention is actually one of the minor effects of high salt intake.


Your diet generally matters a lot when it comes to maintaining the water levels in your body. Changes in the diet also lead to ups and downs in the water levels and sudden dietary changes are one of the reasons for water retention.

For example, a lot of people tend to cut out a lot from their diets when trying to lose weight altogether and too quickly. In this process, many of the people get nutritional deficiencies including a protein deficiency.

Severe protein deficiencies have been linked to fluid accumulation since protein is fundamental in ensuring the blood stays inside the blood vessels and not leak into the nearby tissues.

What Are the Other Effects?

This is because of the lack of physical activity which is another habit that leads to accumulation of water in the tissues, especially in the lower legs and feet.

In women, water weight can be linked to the fluctuating hormone levels specifically before menstrual periods. Changes in progesterone and estradiol can affect the levels of water in the body and cause retention.

Fortunately, most of the bloating, swelling, and water weight that comes before the menstruation periods and stays for a couple of days afterward is temporary.

The causes of water retention mentioned above can be easily treated and managed by certain lifestyle changes but fluid accumulation in the body and weight gain have also been seen to indicate serious health conditions such as kidney issues or heart failure.

In addition, water retention can sometimes be a side effect of your medication. In this case, the medicine is discontinued as it can potentially lead to more harm. Oral contraceptives, NSAID pain relievers, and heart medicines can cause fluid accumulation.

If you are struggling with water weight despite making changes in diet and trying all other ways, see a doctor as soon as possible.


Hilary Jensen

Hilary is a Food Science and Nutrition graduate with specialization in diet planning and weight loss. She enjoys reading and writing on Food, Nutrition, Diet, Weight Loss, and General Health.

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