Losing Water Weight on Low-Carb Diets

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.

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Jul 07th by admin

One Response to “Losing Water Weight on Low-Carb Diets”

  1. Pricilla Schmitz says:

    Many also suffer mild to major anxiety or irritability, especially in the early (induction) stages of the diet. Some folks are just built that way, and may need to increase carb intake slightly while dieting. Others endure the initial stress to reap immediate benefits. Hands down, there is no faster way to lose weight, while improving metabolic health. The degree of discomfort depends largely on the choices you make.;

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