The Waterfall Diet: Is it Effective for Water Retention Problems?

Waterfall Diet
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Designed by Linda Lazarides, the Waterfall Diet is not made to treat* body fat or obesity. The Waterfall Diet was designed to help individuals remove* fluid retention in their body. Fluid retention can make it difficult to lose* pounds. Although fat is lost, the water weight causes the individual’s weight to remain the same. To help alleviate* this problem, Linda Lazarides write the book in 1999. In recent years, the diet has received increasing* amounts of attention.

The Waterfall Diet was created to deal with fluid retention and aid* weight loss*. It is aimed at people who are unable to lose* weight even when they use a traditional low calorie diet. Fluid retention can cause the weight to increase* and makes it difficult for weight to be lost. The Waterfall Diet believes that many different conditions can cause water retention. Kidney problems, low protein or prescription medication can cause fluid retention. Toxins or allergens can also lead to water retention problems.

Who is the Waterfall Diet Suitable for?

Anyone who cannot lose* weight through a calorie restricted diet is an excellent candidate for this program. It is designed to help individuals that develop fluid retention due to allergies. As individuals age, the stomach processes food and creates acid less* effectively. This means that some food is not completely digested. Once the food moves into the intestines, it can lead to irritation and inflammation. Overtime, the wall of the intestines may become leaky. Some particles may escape into the blood stream and cause an allergic reaction. When this occurs, the body begins to release antibodies to stop* the particles. This leads to inflammation and fluid retention in the affected areas. Many researchers believe that allergies occur with foods that are eaten most frequently. Since wheat, eggs and dairy are consumed daily by many people, these foods are all common allergens. If the food is eliminated, the allergic reaction stops* and the fluid retention will go away.

What are the Positives & Negatives of the Waterfall Diet?

Like any diet, the Waterfall Diet forces people to think about the food choices that they make every day. It encourages* people to get rid of junk foods and processed foods. In addition, it reduces* the amount of sugar, salt and fat in the diet. Diuretics like coffee and alcohol are avoided. Over time, individuals will become more accustomed to using fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods. These temporary changes can turn into long-term habits. If this occurs, it can greatly improve* the dieter’s health.

The most difficult part of the Waterfall Diet is the restrictions. There are many limitations placed on what the individual can and cannot eat. Due to this, it may be difficult to eat out at a restaurant or cook a family dinner. If the diet is not carefully monitored, it can lead to deficiencies in calcium since dairy is not allowed.

To avoid some of the negatives, individuals should make sure that they eat plenty of calcium. This nutrient can be found in many nuts, green vegetables, seeds and dried fruit. Likewise, the Waterfall Diet may lead to an iron shortage since it restricts the amount of cereal, red meat and eggs allowed. To make up for the lack of iron, individuals can eat broccoli and green leafy vegetables.

Other negatives associated with the Waterfall Diet include boredom. The many restrictions associated with it can lead to a tedious meal plan. If individuals give up, they may regain the weight that was lost. This can create a bad habit of yo-yo dieting. Individuals who regularly drink coffee or tea may suffer from caffeine withdrawal. In some cases, people may give up a food group permanently without realizing that they are not actually allergic to it.

Does Waterfall Diet Really Help With Water Retention Problems?

This diet can help reduce* fluid retention. When fluid retention is caused by allergens, this diet can quickly remove* the source of the problem. Unfortunately, it may not effectively treat* fluid retention that is caused by an underlying medical condition. In these cases, individuals must treat* the underlying problem first if they want to treat* the water retention. Some people may not notice significant changes from using this diet. Most people only have one to five pounds of water retention at any time. Although the diet may help remove* these pounds, it will not help remove* more weight. If there is more than five pounds of water retention, individuals should check for other medical conditions with their doctor.

How Can Someone Follow the Waterfall Diet?

The Waterfall Diet is separated into three different phases. In the first phase, individuals work to figure out any food allergens. There is a list provided with different foods that they can eat. The Waterfall Diet allows for plenty of soy products, chicken, vegetables, tofu, fish, brown rise, fruit, nuts and seeds. Individuals are not allowed to consume wheat-based foods, dairy, coffee, eggs, alcohol, processed foods, excess sugar, red meat or chocolate.

In Phase 2, individuals start to reintroduce different foods into their diet. They must carefully watch if any food causes a sudden increase* in weight. If their weight increases*, it is a sign that they are allergic to the reintroduced food. Once the food allergen is figured out, individuals can enter Phase 3. This third phase is intended to be a lifetime solution. Each day, 90 percent of the food eaten should be the same as Phase 1 food. Individuals must still avoid any foods that they are allergic to.

What Exercises Can Reduce* Water Retention Issues?

Any type of cardiovascular or strength training exercise can help treat* water retention. Many cases of fluid retention are caused by weakened organs or blood veins. By working out, individuals can improve* their cardiovascular system and speed the removal of fluids or waste. For temporary solutions, water pills can work as a diuretic on the body. These pills can remove* the water retention that is caused by random food allergies or the menstrual cycle.

Figuring out food allergens can help cure* water retention. If individuals are still having an issue, they should consult with their doctor about other potential causes.

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