It isn’t technically a problem
Water weight is just excess fluid inside and outside cells, and it can look different on everyone. “Most people can tell they’re holding onto extra water because their rings feel tighter on their fingers,” says Mitzi Dulan, team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals and author of The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin. Other people notice it in their back, cheeks, hands, or feet. While a little extra water weight can mean a higher number on the scale or a less defined six pack, it’s part of the body’s natural fluctuations and there’s no reason to fight it, certainly not with a quickie diet that promises to erase 10 pounds in a day. “It’s not healthy to just focus on sweating and losing water weight temporarily by going into a more dehydrated state,” Dulan says. Here are some more myths about weight loss you need to stop believing.
Sodium is the number-one cause
If you feel like you’ve put on a few pounds after a sushi dinner, blame the soy sauce. “Water weight can fluctuate significantly with your sodium intake,” Dulan says. Your body will hold onto excess water to dilute the high levels of sodium, keeping your sodium levels steady even if you stuff yourself with salty foods.