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Water Pills for Weight Loss


Taking a water pill to lose weight might sound like a magic bullet, but it really is too good to be true. Water pills will not help you lose weight for the long term. In fact, water pills only help to reduce the water in your body which can lead to other health issues. There are several risks involved in taking water pills to lose weight.


According to Everyday Health, diuretics, also known as water pills, pose many health risks. These include dehydration, a drop in blood pressure, or an increase in the production of uric acid which can result in gout.

Diuretics can also alter the electrolyte balance in your body. When this occurs, your body may become low in potassium which can cause your muscles to cramp. Other symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance include dizziness, nausea, or an irregular heartbeat.

Types of Water Pills

While there are a ton of diet pills on the market there are also several varieties of diuretics. There are three different types of water pills and although they all produce the same results they do it in different ways. Here is a short explanation of each:

  • Loop diuretics prevent your body from absorbing sodium
  • The potassium sparing form gets rid of sodium in the body but manages to hold onto potassium
  • Thiazide diuretics are similar to the loop diuretics in that there is a ridding of excess sodium in the body

Natural Diuretics

While you do want to keep your salt intake low to lose weight there are healthy and unhealthy ways to do so. The best is to eat a healthy diet of whole foods with low sodium content.

There are also natural diuretics which can produce the same effect of over the counter water pills. These natural diuretics include coffee, juniper, goldenrod, and parsley.

If you wish to drop a quick three to five pounds which is most likely water weight, then you are better off doing it naturally by drinking coffee or eating parsley.

Just keep in mind that over the counter water pills may seem like a good idea when it comes to weight loss, but the results are temporary and you run the risk of dehydration, low blood pressure or an electrolyte imbalance. For permanent weight loss the traditional approaches of eating less and moving more is still your best bet.

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