LIVING WELL

LOSE FAT INSTEAD OF WATER


 

 


Water weight loss




We all want to find the best way to lose weight. Though low-carb diets are not the rage they once were, most people still think carbs are bad. Although low-carb diets and other fad diets support weight loss, most of the weight is coming from water. Water-weight loss is how the diets help get the weight off so fast. Your body can fluctuate 3-5 lbs. of water weight daily.



The carbohydrates you eat absorb water. Carbohydrates are the main reason our bodies stay hydrated, and they help absorb water-soluble vitamins. When we cut carbs out of our diet, we dehydrate ourselves, causing instant weight loss. Any diet that has you eating minimal carbs is using a plan of water-weight loss. Seventy-five percent of Americans are in a constant state of dehydration.



For those who step on the scale everyday, you may notice that you weigh less in the morning. Your body is dehydrated in the morning. Your body burns energy all night and if you are eating five small meals a day your body will burn almost 90 percent fat while you are sleeping.



Water-weight loss confuses people who are actually losing fat. Losing water weight happens so fast, people think that with a good diet and fitness plan their fat will come off fast too. Don’t fall into the trap; it took some time to put the fat on so give yourself some time to get the fat off. The fastest way to lose fat off your body is to eat five small meals throughout the day and do a progressive strength, cardio, and flexibility program.



Follow a sensible, balanced, five-small-meals-aday diet and a progressive exercise program and throw those water-weight loss days behind you. The most important thing to do is start today.



Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human
Performance from Auburn University and personal
training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and
ACSM.