3 Other Reasons You Might Pee More When You're Losing Weight
Along with the physical breakdown of fat cells into carbon dioxide and water that can lead to peeing more, Dr. Dagen says there are several other reasons that losing weight may lead to a noticeable increase in urination.
1. You've Changed Your Diet
"Losing weight generally requires changing food choices, such as eating more fruits and vegetables," she notes. "These foods are made up of more water, so you may pee more because of the types of foods you take in."
According to the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vegetables and fruit with high water content include strawberries, raspberries, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, celery, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, Brussels sprouts and mango.
2. You're Drinking More Water
Along with eating healthier foods, making a healthy lifestyle change often means drinking more water.
Many weight-loss plans tout increasing your water intake as a strategy to keep full and cut calories by replacing any sweetened beverages you may have been drinking before. But all of that increased hydration will definitely lead to more frequent bathroom breaks, too.
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3. You've Upped Your Caffeine Intake
"If your modifications include a change in caffeine intake, this can alter how much or how often you pee," Dr. Dagen says.
Some research, such as a 2019 meta-analysis in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, links caffeine intake with fat loss and BMI reduction. If you're incorporating weight-loss products that contain caffeine into your weight- reduction strategy, that could mean more trips to the restroom.
Differences Between Men and Women
Both men and women tend to pee more when losing weight, but with a few differences, Dr. Dagen says.
Because of their overall higher levels of lean muscle mass, men can lose weight at a faster rate initially than most women, which can lead to more rapid fat loss and initial increased urination.
On the flip side, women generally have more fat mass than men, so they may experience increased urination for longer periods of time with weight-loss efforts.
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