If you have ever been on Atkins, South Beach, or some other low-carb diet plan, you probably noticed two things:
- Your diet helped you lose 3 to 8 pounds really fast, and
- Getting off your diet caused you to regain those 3 to 8 pounds just as fast as you lost them.
Don’t be distressed if you regain just 3 to 8 pounds when you go off a low-carb diet. It’s water weight. Every time you lost a pound of fat, you “paid for it” by cutting 3,500 calories out of your diet or by doing hours and hours of exercise. But those first 3 to 8 pounds you lost on your low-carb diet were really water.
Your liver uses a tremendous amount of water to store a small amount of emergency energy. The liver makes sure you have quick energy by keeping about 3/4 of a pound of sugar in the form of glycogen. Glycogen is a combination of glucose and water. Every molecule of glucose sugar is combined with four molecules of water.
So when you first got on your low-carb diet, your liver tapped the emergency sugar supply. The first 3/4 pound of water covered just 1600 calories—but you could have lost as much as 8 pounds! These pounds come right back when you start eating enough additional food to allow your liver to store sugar once again.
So don’t despair if you have a sharp weight gain when you stop a low-carb diet. It’s water, not fat, and sensible eating habits will still keep those fat pounds away.Jul 07th by admin