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    How to get rid of excess water weight?

    What are some things that bodybuilders do to help them lose excess water weight?

    I am bloated beyond belief right now and am feeling sooo uncomfortable. I don't really want to take diuretics cause I know that they will just dehydrate me. Aside from watching my salt and carbs and drinking more water, how can I get rid of some of this water weight?
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    wear sweats in a sauna
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    bundle up when you do cardio....i always wear a winter hat and sweatshirt when I do cardio (just a habit)
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    Drink tons of water. Sounds counterproductive, but the more water you drink, the less water weight you will carry.

    You can also sweat it out as said above.
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    you already said what you need to do. cut down on carbs, drink more water, and keep your sodium and potassium intake balanced for what you need.

    other than that bodybuilders do some severely extreme things to get all the water out from under their skin before a comp.

    sweating out will only cause you to get into an electrolyte imbalance and hold more water.
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    Just read an article that says to use 250-500mg of B6 for one week and eat a ton of watermelon; that watermelon is "a powerful diuretic" and that it will "flush out subcutaneous water." -- Muscle & Fitness, Nov. 2005, page 112.

    Before you do anything, though - you may wish to be sure you are in fact carrying too much water or you may find yourself on the floor looking pretty silly and wishing you weren't you...

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    Go hiking with a 50lb bag on your back. Internal frame, so its right up against ya. You'll lose a few gallons of water.
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    slightly O/T, but how do u tell the difference between water weight and actual fat?????????
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    Originally Posted by wild_stato
    slightly O/T, but how do u tell the difference between water weight and actual fat?????????
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    It can be hard to tell, but water weight is not "thick." Losing vascularity can be a sign of excess water weight, as can just feeling bloated. Drinking lots of water will get rid of water weight. Don't **** with diuretics unless you need to drop subcutaneous water right before a competition/show.
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    It's practically impossible to tell the difference between water and fat at relatively high body fats. Below 10% it is pretty obvious, water will tend to wobble more than fat will over the abs. Above 10%, you can't really tell unless it is severe oedema (e.g. pitting) which you won't get from just eating too much.
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    I want to make it clear that I don't condone practicing this, but I would assume a one day fast with plenty of water and green tea would take away most retained water. I'm sure eventually you'll nearly deplete sodium/potassium stores, and after a couple of days, start secreting ADH (vasopressin) to help conserve any minerals you have left. But for the short term, I'm sure a fast would work theoretically.

    There was my poor excuse for a contribution.

    If you’re going to increase water intake, along with a proper, clean diet, make sure that you’re balancing sodium/potassium and don’t go to any extremes with either of these minerals. You won’t attain what you’re looking for by restricting or loading with a particular mineral.
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    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/casi3.htm

    this article has some useful tips and a more indepth explanation on how to manipulate water levels
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    thanks for the replies
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