Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Is it a good idea to take water pills WHILE working out to lose weight? Your opinions, please?

I have been trying for about 2 months now to lose weight. I am 5'1 and am up to 160 LBS already! I'm considered OBESE for my height! I want to lose weight, ONLY about 20-30 pounds, IF that because I am just getting bad with my weight and I've gotten TONS of stretch marks over the course of the last 6 months. I know I will be stuck with the stretch marks, and that they don't go away, but I don't want any more coming on due to my weight gain.

I've been on the Depo for about 6 years now. I gained a lot of weight when I got on it. This last couple of months though, it seems the weight gain is just excessive now. I've dropped down from 6 sodas a day to 2, and I've started drinking more water. I've tried cutting my portions down when I eat and just eat small portions of food through the course of the day instead of HUGE meals. I am working out every night with push-ups, crunches, stretching, and squats and I am NOT losing ANY weight!

So, a friend of mine thought maybe I'm just retaining water and recommended water pills. She said I should just take one a week with my workout instead of the directed one a day...

So, would it be a good idea to try water pills with working out also? Or no? And if not, what should I do to lose weight? I'm at a loss now! Thanks!!!

Answer on Is it a good idea to take water pills WHILE working out to lose weight? Your opinions, please?

The answer depends on why you're retaining the water. Your body maintains a certain ratio of salt and water. If you're eating too much salt (sodium) in your diet, you're going to retain extra water until your body flushes it all from your system. Rather than taking a water pill, you should consider watching your diet to make sure you aren't taking in too much sodium each day. Your body will naturally flush the extra water. By taking a water pill, you're risking dehydrating your body, which can lead to a host of problems.
Water weight loss is not the way to lose weight. It's not permanent and it will come back as soon as you eat a high sodium meal. Focus on increasing cardio exercise and watching how many calories you eat. There are a plethora of resources online that can show you for your age, height and weight, a good meal plan and workout schedule.