Can long flights cause weight gain, i.e., bloat/water retention? —

3. Take a vitamin B-6 supplement

Try to limit your intake of sodium to no more than 2,300 milligrams per day. This means shopping the perimeter of the grocery store and not eating processed, packaged foods. Try adding spices instead of salt to flavor vegetables and lean proteins.

They will help balance out your sodium levels. Options include:

  • bananas
  • avocados
  • tomatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • leafy vegetables, such as spinach

According to a study published in the Journal of Caring Sciences, vitamin B-6 significantly helped with premenstrual symptoms like water retention.

4. Eat your protein

Protein attracts water and keeps your body balanced. A special protein called albumin keeps fluid in the bloodstream and prevents it from leaking out and causing swelling.

Your doctor may prescribe a diuretic medication to make you urinate more.

5. Keep your feet elevated

Elevating your feet can help move the water upward and away from your lower extremities.

6. Wear compression socks or leggings

Compression socks are becoming more popular and easier to find. They are available at athletic clothing stores and many online sites. Compression socks are made to fit tight. They may even feel a little uncomfortable at first. The purpose of compression apparel is to squeeze your legs and prevent fluid from accumulating.

Why do I gain weight when I fly?

Been maintaining fro 2 years fairly easily. Just got back from a 9 day vacation in Hawaii. I never eat all that much differently on vacation and this was no exception, i.e., I pretty much follow my usual eating pattern and if I veer off, it’s only rarely — example: I ate two sushi rolls pretty packed with good stuff. I stayed pretty much on target, otherwise. It was incredibly and unusually hot for this time of year where we were (95 degrees and very humid), so the activities that I wanted to do (hiking, etc.) were minimal; I was far less active than I am on most trips, and far less than I am at home. More sitting around than doing anything else.

Factor in that I was ill for 2.5 weeks before we went and instead of working out 5 days a week, had to be pretty much a couch slug. I was still sort of finishing up that bout of bronchial infection as we left for Hawaii. So …. It will be almost a month before I am back to my exercise routine … and I miss it/feel it!

I got back early this AM after two red eye flights back, a total of 11 hours in the air. (Same amount on the way there.) When I stepped on the scale, I was up 4 lbs. That is very unusual for me. I never let myself get beyond a 2 pound range.

So my questions are: do long flights do this to you, where I’d retain water even if I did my best to drink a lot of water? And could eating every meal in restaurants for 9 days add to the water retention, not to mention that kind of heat? I always tell them «no salt» when ordering, but sometimes it’s already in the prep before it gets to my plate, i.e., had a veggie patty with breakfast and could taste the salt in it!
Love to hear your thoughts! My game plan is to drink a lot of water the next few days and keep very much to my normal calories.

Flying is hard on the guts. When you fly, the gas in your intestine expands which can feel very uncomfortable. In addition, cabin air is very dry, so the likelihood is that you will be a bit dehydrated (more so if it’s a long flight). And furthermore, if you’re crossing multiple time zones, your body clock will get a bit confused. All this can result in a nice case of constipation and bloating which will add a couple of pounds on the scale. Fortunately, this will be resolved once your body’s rhythms are back to normal (though if you are flying abroad to somewhere with an unfamiliar cuisine,…

how long does it take for water weight to leave the body?

This really depends on what is causing the water retentio. Your body can retain water for a number of reasons: you have consumed an exceptional amount of carbohydrate, you have consumed a higher than usual amount of sodium, you have damaged muscle tissue ( you’ve worked out and now have sore muscles). How long you retain water can also depend on how you treat it.

For carbs and sodium, it can be as little as a day before you see the weight come of, or it can take 2–3 days. For retention related to exerted muscles repairing themselves, i…

How is it possible that I gained 2 kilos in a day?

Short-term (under a week) fluctuations in weight are largely caused by (1) the mass of food being digested inside your body and (2) how much water you hold. And the first point affects the second point — the more food you have in your digestive system, the more water your body can hold.

So, if you were just on a diet and presumably the volume of food inside your body at any given time was very small, and then you had a large meal and drunk a bunch of water, your weight can shoot up by 2 kg easily (I had fluctuations of upwards of 4 kg after cheat days). Don’t worry — if you successfully go b…

Depends on how good the food on the flight is!

If you bring an airplane on the scale and weigh yourself throughout the flight, you’ll weigh more during takeoff due to there being more G’s on the body. If the pilot, for some reason, followed a parabolic curve, you could also become weightless!

But, seriously, I would think it would fluctuate depending on how much water {amp}amp; food you consume during the flight. I like to drink a lot of water because the airline {amp}amp; airport food will dry my out and I don’t want to have dry mouth when I land. You may feel symptoms of bloating from the high sodium in th…

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