Want to lose some weight overnight? You definitely can! The catch is that it won’t be fat, but it will be extra water weight that you are holding onto. Water weight can account for several unwanted pounds around your midsection as well as around your entire body. The trick to decreasing this extra water weight is to cut back on your sodium (aka salt) intake. Salt attracts water and so the more salt you have in your body, the more water you are going to hold onto.
Note: Our bodies do need some sodium – guidelines recommend a max of 2,300mg or 1,500mg for certain chronic conditions – but the majority of individuals are consuming more than double what is recommended, yikes!
Read below to learn how to cut back on your sodium intake and lose pounds fast:
Drink more water
It might seem counterproductive to drink more water when you are trying to lose water – am I right? But the extra water will help your body to flush out extra sodium you are holding on to. The worst thing you could do is to decrease your water intake because that will just make your body cling to every last drop it can hold on to.
Put it into action: Aim to get 64 ounces of water at least per day. If you are exercising, add on another 16-24 ounces or more. It’s pretty hard to drink too much water, so drink as much as you can.
Exercise is probably the number one best way to get rid of extra water weight because when you sweat you are sweating out excess salts as well as excess water.
Put it into action: Aim to get a sweaty exercise session in at least 2 days a week, but more the better.
Assess food labels
A food doesn’t have to even taste salty to be loaded with sodium. Check the sodium and serving sizes of the foods you eat on the regular to identify areas where you might be loading up on sodium without even realizing it. Some foods that are packed with sodium that you may not realize include condiments, bread, cereal, and deli meats.
Put it into action: Measure out serving sizes to make sure you aren’t taking in more sodium then you want and choose foods with lower sodium.
Load up on vegetables
Vegetables are essentially sodium-free and are high in water, both of which will prevent your body from holding onto excess fluid.
Put it into action: Aim to get a handful of vegetables at every meal, you don’t have to change anything about your meal just add the veggies in.
Load up on fruits
The sodium in fruits is negligible and fruits are also high in water which will help your body to flush out excess sodium from your body.
Put it into action: Load up on low-sugar, high-water fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and melon
Eat potassium and magnesium rich foods
Potassium and magnesium in particular are minerals that will help your body to get rid of the extra salt and water.
Put it into action: Eat foods high in magnesium and potassium such as bananas, sweet potatoes, and avocados.
The unfortunate truth about dining out is that the meals tend to be packed with sodium without you even realizing it. When you make your own meals you have full control over everything that goes into your meal and you know exactly how much sodium is in it.
Put it into action: Make your favorite meals at home and incorporate whole foods that are low in sodium such as vegetables and fish.
You can literally lose weight overnight, you just need to drink more water, load up on water-rich foods, get sweaty, and cut back on salty foods.