Our expert says:
Diuretics must be prescribed by your medical dr, so ask your gp to give you a mild diuretic for use for a short period until this water retention passes. He/she can also prescribe such a diuretic for use during your periods if you tend to retain water during this time. Diuretics do not really wash vitamins and minerals out of the body so you need not worry about this effect. Discuss your vitamin and mineral supplementation with the prescribing dr because many diuretics are 'potassium-sparing' which means that if you also take supplements that contain potassium, you may end up with excessive potassium levels in the body. A basic slimming diet that uses low-fat, high-fibre foods should curb your appetite (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss' , ‘The right approach' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet). If you are allowed to exercise then it is also a good idea to increase your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life).
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