You know what it’s like to wake up in the morning, step onto the scales and all of a sudden, you’re 6 or 7 lbs heavier than you usually are, even though you’ve not eaten much all day? Can a person actually even eat so much that it makes such a huge difference on the scales?
Not usually, no. Such extreme weight fluctuations are often due to water retention. Swelling tends to occur particularly among pregnant women, people who aren’t very mobile or as a side effect of some medications.
Often this water is noticeable in swollen legs, fingers and joints. It is not only uncomfortable, but also can wear out connective tissue and is commonly associated with permanent weight gain.
But fortunately, water retention, more often than not, has a simple cause and can therefore be solved quite easily. On the next page you can find out the different reasons why it occurs and what you can to do resolve the problem.