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Default How long should I take to get rid of excess water weight?

Since it's spring break I can focus on my diet better, and I'm drinking water like a fish (about 200 ouncces per day!)

Also, I've lowered my sodium intake and my main goal is to get rid of water retention. So far, I've been doing this for about 2 days. How long should it take to rid myself of most water retention (I know that it takes special techniques and drastic measures to get rid of ALL water retention, so I just want to get out all I can on a regular routine).

Also, any advice to help me out would be appreciated [img]/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Pre-contest tips from Arnold
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Tips to Keep Water Retention Under Your Control:

1-Spending a little time in the sun will help your skin tone as well as bake away some of the excess water. Drink a fair amount of water to replenish your supply.

2-Keep your blood sugar under control by controlling your diet. Don't get too hungry and don't get too full. It's better to eat six small meals throughout the day than to go without or pig out.

3-Stay away from excessively-sodium-filled-foods.
Check the side effects of any drug or chemical that you may take before you take it. Arnold Schwarzenegger once had a cortisone shot given to releive a shoulder injury before a competition. "I was so puffy that I had to pose all day before the contest and most of the night in order to get my body hard again."
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Practicing posing is a good way to squeeze out extra water from your body.

5-Training and exercising can help you sweat out a lot of water, just remember to put some back in to avoid retaining water.

6-A sauna or steam room is not the best basket to put all your eggs in, although it can help take out extra water. Just keep in mind, not only do you sweat out water, but minerals too. A definite must is a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement like Max Complete taken regularly to keep your body balance, strength gains, and energy going smoothly.

7-Don't cut down on your fluid intake until the night before the contest and then only cut it about in half. Remember to sip water that night and the next day to keep hydrated.
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Default Re: How long should I take to get rid of excess water weight?

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I've lowered my sodium intake and my main goal is to get rid of water retention

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You cannot keep your sodium intake very low for long, it's unhealthy. I would concentrate on fat more than sodium.
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I've lowered my sodium intake and my main goal is to get rid of water retention

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You cannot keep your sodium intake very low for long, it's unhealthy. I would concentrate on fat more than sodium.

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ditto on that..

What about sodium?
Scared of a little table salt? Well, you should be...it's true that sodium in too high of amounts prior to the contest can lead to increased water retention in the wrong places. However, if you are completely hydrated, then your body will have no reason to retain water and will expell the additional sodium out with the excess water. Basically, the ones who were having problems with sodium were the same ones who were too dehydrated. That's why the sodium affected them so much.
Actually, proper levels of sodium and potassium are essential to muscle contractions, nerve impulses, and chemical balance in the body. Don't go to crazy on sodium, but don't restrict it too crazily either. Some bodybuilders restrict sodium-containing foods, table salt, and even drink distilled water weeks before a contest. This severe depletion can be the cause painful muscle cramps. Instead, take a more moderate approach to controlling your precontest sodium intake. Avoid foods with excessive amounts of sodium and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. As long as you're not pigging out on Salt &amp; Vinegar chips with Fast Food Fried Chicken and drinking a normal amount of regular water you should be okay.
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