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A 55-year-old female asked:

how can i stop retaining fluids? im not eating a lot of salts and not even eating a lot but i gain water weight, water pills dont help, why is it doin

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Fluid retention: Are you very overweight? Every eight pounds of fat tissue contain a pint of water. Other causes of fluid retention include certain medications,and disorders of the heart,kidneys and liver. Your physician who knows you best can advise you better,however. Don't add salt to your foods or cooking as there is already plenty of sodium in many foods.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How much water weight can you lose in 1 week by taking water pills?

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Dr. Matthew Griffin
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Depends: Presuming no excess fluid (patients in heart failure for instance carry around extra fluid) you can loose quite a bit of water weight using diuretics as a large % body weight is actually water. Wrestlers sometimes will lose 20+ lbs with a mixture of sweating and diuretics in order to "make weight". This is not healthy however. If you want to lose fat (instead of water) eat healthy real food.

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