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Postpartum Weight Loss- Water Weight

Posted Jul 15 2009 5:41pm

To Sara of Fit by Sara: “I know I’m supposed to drink more water, but when I started drinking more water I gained a couple of pounds.  Now I’m not sure what to do.  Any advice?”

From Sara of Fit by Sara: “It’s very unlikely that your weight gain was caused from drinking more water, however there is such a thing as “water weight”.  Water weight happens when we carry excess fluids in our bodies.  So for example when women are about to menstrate we typically carry more water in our bodies and thus feel “bloated”.  This “water weight” is temporary and will go away after a few days.  There can be other reasons that we retain water such as from consuming high sodium foods.  However, drinking plenty of water helps to flush our bodies from toxins and hydrates us to help us ultimately be at our healthiest weight.  The recommended amount of water for a non-active healthy person is 6-8, 8 ounce glasses of water a day and more if you’re active because you’ll prespire.  So have no fear, drink plenty of water my dear!”

Have a question for me?  Email me at info@fitbysara.com.

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