Quick Fix: These Foods Make You Retain Water and Bloat Up

We'll say it: Eradicating water weight and belly bloat are the two easiest ways to feel lighter with minimal effort. This is precisely why the idea of de-bloating is so appealing; you can actually see a difference in your body in just a matter of days without resorting to long-term dietary changes or even hitting the gym. In fact, bloating and water retention have everything to do with what you eat and drink (and certain supplements can help, too). 

"Sudden weight gain is most likely fluid retention, and you may be able to lose it as quickly as you gained it with a few tweaks to your food choices," explains Livestrong. It explains that water retention is often the result of eating too much salt and processed, high-sodium foods, and not drinking enough water. "When you consume too much sodium, your body may hold onto water, causing uncomfortable fluid retention and weight gain," it adds. "Processed foods, such as deli meat, canned soup, frozen dinners, boxed meals, flavored rice mixes, snack chips, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salad dressing, pickles, fast food and Chinese food, are also high in sodium."

Ingredients like monosodium glutamate, or MSG, baking soda, sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, and sodium benzoate have just as much of a role in inducing bloating as plain table salt. The publication suggests cutting out processed foods, limiting your daily sodium intake to 2300 milligrams or less a day (or one teaspoon of salt), and seasoning your food with other herbs and spices like garlic, ginger, dill, oregano, paprika, cumin pepper, onion, and sage instead. For further insight into the foods that cause bloating and water retention, we tapped registered dietitian and nutritionist Keri Glassman. In her own words, read up on the bloating foods to be aware of below.