Perfect timing for this thread for me. I gain 8 to 10 lbs every month with TOM. I know it's water retention, because it appears and reappears right on schedule, no matter how close I'm following my food plan. I also do the thumbprint test (you press into your skin with your thumb for several seconds, release and if the impression doesn't spring quickly back, it's supposedly a sign of water retention).
Normally, I just let it run it's course, but tomorrow evening is my TOPS weigh-in, and I really hate going in with a gain, even when I know it's a normal fluctuation I can't do much if anything about.
The good news is that the scale is only up 3 to 4 lbs instead of the normal 8 - 10, so my gut reaction is that the water gain might actually be masking a significant loss.
Still, I'd like to get rid of as much as I can by tomorrow evening.
My normal remedy is lemon or lime juice in water - and lots of it.
Bananas (because of the potassium "counteracting" the sodium), and cranberry juice are also supposed to be good.
Last edited by kaplods; 10-18-2010 at 11:29 AM.