Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

OK, so why is it that women have to retain so much water and men don’t?  I take a medication called Furosemide to keep my ankles and legs from becoming swollen. My husband and I went away for a few days and I forgot the meds.  I came home and “poof” my ankles, knee and legs blew up like a hot air balloon at a county fair! I can almost hear the “swish” of water as I walk!  I cut out salt, I drink lots of water (which I hate), cut out soda, I keep moving as much as I can, and I drink tea from morning till night. So why am I still the marine version of the good year blimp?

My husband on the other hand, eats salted peanuts all day, drinks cases of Diet Coke, pours about a pound of salt on all his food, and never retains an ounce of water! It’s true he’s very active, but come on, is this fair?

It’s the same story when trying to lose weight. I eat enough veggies to rival a rabbit, cut out just about everything with taste and that little needle on the scale doesn’t budge. He eats 1 large bowl of Fruit Loops instead of his usual 2 and loses 5 pounds!  Based on these facts alone, I have concluded that God must be a man!

Am I the only one with this problem? Is there a man out there somewhere that suffers along with us women when it comes to water retention and weight? And most importantly, does anyone have a suggestion as to what can help deal with these issues besides more medication?  Please respond to my “ Bloat Blog”  and let me know!


  1. Check your sugar level. My wife has the same thing with the water. She also has other health issues that cause it but her doctors are more focused on her Diabites. Good luck

  2. All I can say is LOL! Great post. I know exactly how you feel.

  3. So true! I feel your pain!

  4. Guys do seem to have it easier in "diet land"....