A Message from Linda Lazarides

Ok, so you’ve been searching the internet for help with water retention and have found this crazy-sounding claim that you could lose 10 lbs of water weight in a week.linda_photo2-254x300

Of course you’re sceptical. Why wouldn’t you be? Everyone else keeps saying that water weight doesn’t stay off, that you can’t lose weight that quickly, that it’s not healthy and so on.

So what are my credentials? Well, first of all, I’ve written several books on dieting, and they’ve been published by major international publishing houses, including HarperCollins and LittleBrown. After I submitted the manuscript for my Nutritional Health Bible in 1997, the editor at HarperCollins said “Linda, no-one knows more about this stuff than you do…” I can’t think of any better compliment than that. In 1999 my third book the Waterfall Diet became an instant best-seller in the UK.

I trained as a naturopathic nutritionist, and this has been my profession for 19 years. I very quickly developed my own methods and my results were so impressive that I was hired by the British National Health Service to work in a GP (family doctor) practice in London in 1991. All the doctor’s cases of overweight, IBS, fatigue, arthritis,  skin problems, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and recurrent headaches, were referred to me.

Then in 1997 I founded the British Association for Nutritional Therapy and Applied Nutrition. My first book Principles of Nutritional Therapy, inspired hundreds of people to train as nutritional therapists. There was so much demand that in the late 1990′s, with my assistance, the University of Westminster in London set up a new degree course for people to study this important subject.

For me it’s a matter of personal pride not to churn out the same stuff as other writers. Yes, I could have written a whole book repeating what everyone else says: “Water retention comes from eating too much salt. Here’s a salt-free diet for you, and by the way don’t forget to drink water and ask your doctor for some diuretics.” You’ve already read all that stuff, and you know it’s not enough. You’ve also read other tips and snippets, but have probably ended up more confused than ever.

I’d rather help people than just make money. It’s very, very easy to make money by telling people what they already know. In fact if you’ve already heard it somewhere else you’re more likely to trust it. Does that ring a bell?

The Story of the Waterfall Diet

The diet comes from research which I painstakingly extracted from medical journals – research carried out by scientists all over the world. Some of it was buried in obscure publications and needed someone to join up all the dots and turn it into a practical formula.

It took me a year to compile all this information and create a diet formula that I thought would work. Then another year to test the diet on people. Then another year to write and publish a book about how and why the diet works.

It’s not hard to lose water weight temporarily – the challenge is to stop it coming back. That is what the Waterfall Diet is all about.

You’re welcome to go on being sceptical, but one thing I will say. If you’re determined to lose your water retention, you won’t find so much information to help you anywhere else. Please feel free to check out the reviews for the Waterfall Diet book on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. And don’t forget there’s also an E-guide available to download.

I’d love to get your feedback in the comment box.
Wishing you the very best of health



About Linda Lazarides

Linda Lazarides is an international expert on water retention, author of eight books and founder of the British Association for Nutritional Therapy. She has successfully treated hundreds of people referred to her by doctors. See success stories or download E-guide.


  1. I don’t know if any of this is recent or if anyone (including Linda) reads any of these… But I thought it would be worth a shot… I just wanted to share my story after stumbling upon this. Up until I was 19 and a half, I was a very skinny girl, always was, weighed 110 and that never changed. I never ate bad, but I wasn’t eating the healthiest things I could. Starting November after my 19th birthday (November 2013), I started rapidly gaining weight… I would gain 10-15 pounds each month… By August 2014 I was weighing my all time high of 210lbs… And then my weight stayed that way, it was no longer going up or down. I tried for a long time different things to lose weight. From light exercise to vigorous weight lifting. I also tried cutting certain things out of my diet, following calorie counts. I even bought in to a few diet fads (pills included, shame on me I know). So all of this time I was trying very hard and trying different things to lose weight and I just wasn’t losing anything. Summer 2015 work got very hectic, and then September started and I had lost 15-20 lbs depending on the day. It’s been that way since then. I have no idea what I did to lose that weight because I literally just went back to what I was doing before all the weight gain. People are shocked when they see me because I look so different because of my weight gain. What I found weird was that I gained 100lbs in less than a year, and I did everything possible to lose it and it never worked. And then I stumbled upon this website… It talks about water retention and how it can leave you swollen, and then I remember hearing my mother say oh wow, your feet and your ankles are so swollen! And then everything kind of just clicked, maybe there’s something more than exercise and healthy eating going on… Water retention? Maybe other cause? Maybe I just don’t think that my weight gain had to do with laziness or poor eating habits, but my doctor says that’s what it is even when I tell her all of the things I’ve tried. I kind of just wanted to hear anyone’s thought about that.

    • Linda Lazarides says:

      Michelle, thank you very much for telling your story. This is certainly very mysterious and you are quite right—it is only possible to lose several pounds weight in a day if it is water weight. I am very glad you are recovering now, and wish you well for the future.

  2. Hello Linda, I am reading your book and have started following your diet – I’m on the third day now. I have not been able to find a salt substitute as it seems to be taken off the market. What do you recommend I use instead? A pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt is ok? I am keen to know asap so I don’t make mistakes early on! Thank you 🙂

    • Linda Lazarides says:

      If you search for salt substitute on Amazon websites quite a few products should come up. Many doctors prescribe a sodium free diet so if you cannot order online, you could try asking a pharmacist to recommend a product.

  3. Dear Linda, my brother has had this for years now, no kidney problems just heart and now his feet are swollen again to the extent that he cannot walk, his …..is also swollen he cannot urinate at all. He goes to the hospital they keep him send him home after a few days it starts back again.

    • Linda Lazarides says:

      Seema, water retention is a big problem for people with a heart condition. I’m sure your brother’s doctors have prescribed medicines for this. Nutrition advice may possibly help, though for serious conditions its ability to help is limited. In response to your comment, this website should have sent you a link showing you how to find nutritionists trained by me. I hope you have been able to find someone not too far from you.

  4. Dear Linda, I have got a hard case of water retention in the legs (of my mom) with additional problems. She is nearly 70 years old, takes a lot of medication for some years now (including for high blood pressure and (likely falsely diagnosed) parkinson, and low-functioning thyroid. She has had a thrombose once. She may have lime disease and got once a treatment for it. Over the last two years or so, the water retention in her legs got much worse so she began having trouble moving and just staying home. A short while ago she collapsed and was diagnosed with urosepsis. She recovered a bit in intensive care, but was again let go with 8 medications. Now she is trying to recover.
    What I have been searching for is information on this: she says that she can literally feel the water running into her legs when she sits or put the legs downs, and running ip up when putting her legs up. Only that in the left leg where she had a couple a months ago a vein obliteration, the water does not come out – the upper leg feels blocked or even strangulated, and where she had the vein obliteration it sometimes hurts.
    I think this is a pretty useful description that should help a doctor figure out what is going on, but so far no one is taking her serious enough to look into this. I would be very helpful if you could give me some clues of what it might be and how one can help, or also for further information where I can find this out. Thank you very much.

    • Linda Lazarides says:

      Sybille, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. As you have seen already on this site, there are at least seven different causes of water retention, and I am not able to say what is causing your mother’s problems just by a description of her symptoms. Please keep reading everything you can find here. Mostly our health problems are caused by a combination of genetics and by eating foods that disagree with our body. I would recommend that your mother tries to explore the suggestions given here.

  5. Rose Mary says:

    Hello Linda, I also suffer from water weight. I’m so hurt that people think that I’m just fat and think that I just don’t do anything. I do work and come home and do lots here, more than what some of my friends say that they do. I do not over eat. I’m always thirsty and do have kidney problems. I went online because I am trying so hard to lose this water weight for myself and to feel better about myself. I recently lost a few pounds and feel pretty good but my legs feel so heavy and I want to know if I can help me find or recommend a professional or someone here in the United States? I live in Texas, not far from Houston. I will most definitely look for your book as well. Thank you, it feels good that we are not alone and someone believes that this water retention is real and doesn’t just think it’s all poor eating habits and laziness

    • Linda Lazarides says:

      Rose Mary, I am so sorry to hear of your problem. High blood pressure is one of the biggest causes of kidney damage, so you must get this under control if it applies to you. When you left your comment, you were directed to a link where you can find naturopathic nutritionists. I do hope this link will help you. I know there is someone on that list in Texas, but if she is too far away, a naturopathic physician is usually more helpful than a regular doctor. Wishing you well.

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