Water Weight

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    Mar 01, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    I've been hearing about water weight and its role in gaining (or rather, covering) definition, but I'm not entirely clear about what its importance is. I know pro bodybuilders try to eliminate it before competitions, but does it really make that much of a difference? How do people go about doing it? Where's the boundary between shedding water weight and dangerously dehydrating yourself?
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    Mar 02, 2008 2:17 AM GMT
    It won't make you dehydrated to drop a little water weight... Honestly, it looks like fat: if I'm retaining water, I can't see my abs worth sh!t.

    You'll notice when you get to a low bodyfat percentage. Nothing a couple cups of coffee won't fix icon_wink.gif

    The way the bodybuilders get rid of it is by either drinking more water (which is a natural diuretic) or taking a chemical diuretic (I think some of these are illegal without prescription). But as I said, coffee/caffeine does the trick for a quick, noticeable fix.
  • Salubrious

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    Mar 02, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    If you want to be healthy and not "retain water" just make sure you drink enough water and stay well hydrated. When you don't have enough water in your system, you can't excrete as much waste as you need to, and it stays in your body, along with enough water to keep your cells isotonic. When you have more water available, you can remove these waste products more easily. Caffeine works by forcing water from your cells, which is why it makes you pee so much. This water is not something that your body would not normal excrete and is not exactly a healthy thing, and can make you dehydrated.