How to Tell If You Are Really Losing Weight or Just Water Weight

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If you’ve recently started a new diet, you may be wondering if the cause of your weight loss is the result of fatty tissue or fluids. Stepping onto the scale doesn’t always tell the whole story, especially when you sporadically track your weight. Luckily, a few things can be done to get a better idea for the cause of your weight loss.

Step 1
Monitor the color of your urine, one of the cheapest ways of determining the source of your weight loss. Urine is typically pale yellow to almost clear in hue. If you’ve lost weight and your urine is bright to dark yellow, it’s a good indication that you’re not properly hydrated and the weight loss is a result of fluid loss. As soon as you replenish the lost fluids by drinking water, juice or almost any other beverage, you’ll likely see the weight return.

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