Exercise-related water weight gain can happen if you didn’t drink enough water during your workout. Thirsty cells in your body overcompensate by holding onto water from the foods and drinks you consume throughout the day.
You may experience as much as a 3-pound gain from this effect!
As you increase your fluid intake, you will reach a point called the “release point”. This causes:
– A sudden release of retained fluid
– A drop in weight
– A return of normal thirst
The less water you drink, the more you retain and the more water you drink, the less you retain! This is because when you increase your water, your sodium level becomes more diluted and your body stops secreting ADH (anti-diuretic hormone). Your kidneys adjust and you release water.
Happy H2O drinking!