Water retention is pretty common - especially in women. I've been reading up on this a bit today and wanted to share with you some ways I discovered to prevent retaining water, as well as ways to get that excess water weight OFF!
-Drink more water [check]
-Reduce amount of salt intake [not-so-check]
-Exercise.. to sweat! [check]
-Potassium can help your body to avoid storing excess water. Good source of potassium? Bananas. [Didn't know this, but I'll be buying some bananas! ;)]
-Carbs can also leave you feeling bloated and puffy.. so reducing your carbohydrate intake even for one day can have a noticeable effect. [Wasn't aware of this either.. I'll give it a try!]
-Lack of nutrients found in fruits and vegetables is a common cause of water retention, so get your fresh F's & V's! [fruits - check, veggies - uncheck]
-Low calorie diets, when followed for an extended period of time, can cause water retention. One reason is because low-cal diets are usually absent of protein and fiber. [Protein and fiber are both big problems for me (I don't really eat meat). I know that nuts are a good source of protein.. & I've recently discovered chia seeds to be a good way to get fiber. How else do you guys get your daily fiber and protein??]
Hope this helped!
Sources: How to Prevent Water Retention, Causes of Water Retention