Why You Shouldn’t Use Them For Weight Loss

One of the most prescribed medications is water pills. Water pills are prescribed for reducing blood pressure, preventing fluid buildup, and reducing swelling, not weight loss. Unless you have health issues like hypertension, heart failure, and idiopathic edema don’t take water pills. Especially if you have diabetes, pancreatitis, lupus, gout, menstrual cramps, kidney problems, or frequent dehydration do not take them. Water pills are a diuretic and not meant to be a magic weight loss pill people make them out to be.

Women, track your cycle and know there are ways to alter your diet to prevent less bloating during your time of the month. And keep in mind the bloating is permanent. Simple diet changes, like reducing sodium can affect your monthly bloating. Water retention is caused by the change in progesterone and estrogen levels in the body.

Sometimes it’s not our diet. Are you taking birth control pills? Birth control pills cause water retention.

Diuretics are ineffective for weight loss because once you stop taking them you will put on the water weight again.

Dr. prescription vs. over the counter

       Even when prescribed use caution. One of the women in a weight loss group I belong to mentioned how she gained 28 lbs while on water pills and how difficult they were on her liver. They are not meant to be used long term for weight loss.

OTC is not regulated by the FDA. Taking a prescription means your doctor is monitoring to make sure any other medications you are taking don’t interact with the water pills. Water pills should not be mixed with cyclosporine, antidepressants such as fluoxetine and venlafaxine, lithium, digoxin, and other high blood pressure pills. Taking a diuretic requires a low salt diet, but overall it’s more effective to completely change your diet. Water weight and fat are two different things.

What are diuretics?

   Diuretics cause an increase in the production of urine.

   Diuretics taken for too long put you at risk for dehydration, increase uric acid, photosensitivity,  and irregular heart rate.

Side Effects

     -Side effects include high blood sugar, headaches, dehydration, and dizziness. There are four different categories of diuretics. Loop diuretics cause potassium depletion.

     -Signs of dehydration include dry skin, loose skin, sunken eyes, can’t produce tears, and dry mouth. You may experience frequent urination and black urine.

     -Your electrolyte levels could fall. Look for: fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramping, and a life-threatening irregular heartbeat.

     -Photosensitivity can cause skin rash, itching, and severe sunburn.

     -High uric acid levels make you susceptible to gout.

     -Do not take if you are allergic to sulfa drugs.

-Consult your doctor if you are taking acetaminophen regularly or Pepto-Bismol.

-Do not take with the cancer drug Platinal, or any other that has hearing loss as a side effect.

-Can cause ringing in the ears.

-Can cause muscle cramps due to dehydration. Think of how it feels to run while dehydrated. That insane cramp in your stomach is what I’m talking about.

Natural ways to stop bloating and get rid of water weight from Dr. Axe. Start adding these to your diet.

Herbs and Supplement

1. Green Tea.

2. Black Tea

3. Parsley

4. Hawthorn berry

5. Horsetail

6. Juniper Berry


1. Celery

2. Lemons

3. Bell Pepper

4. Garlic

5. Onions

6. Watermelon

7. Cucumber

8. Grapes

9. Ginger

10. Berries

11. Asparagus

Many people cannot tell the difference between hunger and thirst because the symptoms are so similar.

What exactly causes water weight gain?

In countless articles, we mentioned the importance of drinking your water. Daily your body needs ½ your weight in water. If you drink coffee, tea, or seltzer they don’t count towards your daily intake of water. Dehydration causes cravings. Before you eat, drink some water. You might realize you are no longer starving.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between hunger and thirst they have similar symptoms. Both hunger and thirst cause stomach pains, shaking, irritability, and lightheadedness.

Ways to reduce water retention

Drink More Water

This is going to seem counterproductive, but hear us out. Drink more water. When your body isn’t getting enough water it will cause fluid retention (water retention).

Avoid drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol leads to water retention due to dehydration.

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

Do you have a diet high in processed foods? Learn to read labels. This is an important habit you create. Especially when it comes to frozen food. Salt is a cheap spice to add to food and it is added as a preservative in food. Sliced deli meat and hot dogs are also loaded with sodium. None of these high sodium foods should be part of your diet.

Stop Eating Processed Foods

A frozen bag of chicken nuggets has 470 mg of salt. One serving equals 5 pieces of chicken nuggets. I highly doubt people are going by the serving size on the bag. 580 mg is our body’s daily need for sodium. Stay away from premade soups, chips, canned foods, frozen foods, and condiments. Make sure to read seasonings.

Get Moving

Sweat out all the water you’re retaining! Keep in mind the water weight will come back on when you hydrate. Make sure to add a healthy diet to maximize your weight loss. Don’t forget abs are made in the kitchen.

Watch the supplements you are in taking:

Creatine transmits water to your muscles and adds 2-4 lbs of water weight.

It’s important to change your lifestyle if you are looking for a lasting diet change. Taking the pill doesn’t mean no diet change is necessary. Dieting is 90% food. Exercise does not solely cause weight loss. It’s not even a reason to eat the way you want, you’ll again, maintain the weight you currently have and hit plateaus. We need to be mindful of the eating habits that lead to us overeating.

Consult your doctor. Take precaution measures and monitor the use of supplements. Always make sure to do your own research on prescription drugs your doctor gives you. Read all the information that comes with your prescription. We have the power to use the doctor’s information as we please. You always have the option of a 2nd opinion. A prescription is best. Plus, you have a high likeliness the pills might be monitored by the FDA.