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How Much Water Weight Can You Lose With Water Pills
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. ...Read more
By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more
Water pills: Water loss never represents true weight loss. Your weight may vary by a couple of pounds based on water retention but you should never consider water lost to be real weight loss. Your body tightly regulates fluid retention so when you start drinking again the weight will come back. ...Read more
Yes, but . . . : All you lose on water pills is water weight. Actually not just water but body fluids and certain mineral electrolytes which if not replenished can cause you health problems. You do not lose body fat which should be the aim of any weight loss program. Consider paleolithic style eating. ...Read more
Water & diet pill: My philosophy is that the best way to lose weight is not by dieting or a pill, but by changing your lifestyle to a healthier one. You don't need a drastic diet. Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein/veggie/fruit/water intake, & start doing some cardiovascular exercise. Water/diet pills are not the answer. ...Read more
What is the most unhealthiest way to lose weight fast? Is it laxitives, bulemia, water pills or a combination of all three?
There is none: Successful, long lasting weight loss is difficult and cannot be done quickly, at least outside of medical care. None of the remedies you suggest will safely result in long term wieght loss. ...Read more
Its known that water pills can help you lose weight soo im asking can a doctor give them to a person to help them lose weight?
Not real weight loss: Wallaby, while water pills may cause you to lose weight in the first few days, this is not considered true weight loss, and in fact the continued use of diuretics (or water pills) for weight loss can be dangerous. The best way to approach weight loss is through altering the diet, and exercise. For some people who are extremely obese, specific weight loss medications may be helpful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hooked on herbal water pills. Trying to lose water weight and an addiction to salt. How to get off water pills and normalize kidney function. Help!
Just stop.: You are actually harming yourself i you take water pills instead of staying on a healthy diet low in salt. Talk to your doctor and let him know about your problem.It is dangerous to tamper with OTC drugs without notifying your doctor especially if you are taking other medications. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Nope.: Contrary to what many people believe, diuretics actually remove excess salt (sodium and chloride) from the body via the kidneys into the urine. They are intended to be used for medical conditions where excess salt builds up in the body and not to "lose water weight". If diuretics are used inappropriately they can actually lead to potentially life threatening electrolyte disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For most people that: rate of loss is way too fast. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight tra ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I lose only 2 pounds when taking my first diuretic? Thought I had more water weight than that.
Diuretics: Diuretics are not effective medications for weight loss. They are intended for persons who have conditions that cause them to retain excess fluid, such as certain heart or kidney problems. If a person without these problems takes diuretics, what happens is that the diuretics pull fluid out of the circulation system, making you feel faint and dizzy, and then the fluid comes right back. ...Read more
Are "water pills'' okay for me to lose the excess water in my body. I feel bloted sometimes...And can I get water pills over the counter?
Not a good idea: It's not good to take diuretics just because you're swollen or feel 'bloated, ' and you can't get them over the counter in the United States. If you have swelling in the feet you should find out why. Causes include heart disease, kidney disease, and peripheral vascular disease (venous insufficiency). If it's the latter, sodium restriction, leg elevation, and support stockings are best. ...Read more
Diuretics: Diuretics are used to assist people in heart failure or with severe hypertension to pee off excess fluids that their heart is having a hard time clearing. In no way do these medications cause one to increase their metabolism or to lose weight. It is a dangerous myth and a lie if anyone tells you otherwise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salt/water loss only: diuretics (water pills) cause your body to lose salt and water, not body fat. The weight loss is related to water loss only, and will return once you stop the water pills. ...Read more
Topiramate & weight: Topiramate (topamax) is often used to suppress binging or snacking. The new obesity medication Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) is a combination of long acting topamax with Phentermine and is very effective. However, topamax can cause kidney stones so taking it with a diuretic (water pill) could be harmful. Water pills alone are not weight losers, and deplete your body of much needed minerals- sodium, potassium, magnesium. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not when taken: As perscribed or as directed. Do you want to over-dose on water pills? Are you using water pills or laxatives to reduce or control your weight? . If you answered yes to either of these questions please obtain prompt help from a psychologist and/or a psychiatrist. Let you family physician know what is going on as well. ...Read more
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