You have often been told, “You’re just retaining water, step on the scale in about a week.”
You have most likely heard, “Carbohydrates cause water retention, but don’t worry it’s not fat.”
These statements have truth to them, but that doesn’t help you when you’re becoming frustrated every time you step on the scale.
Water Retention can be a huge source of frustration when you are trying to lose weight. It can make you feel like you are failing at your diet or you are not doing anything right.
Let’s look into what really causes water retention and what kind of effect it has when you read the scale.
“Retaining Water” – What does this actually mean?
“Retaining Water” is a term that is used when there is extra water gathering around tissues that surround the cells. While some people think there is only one reason for this to happen, there are many ways in which this can happen.
Salt and Carbs both contribute to water retention. This does not make sense to a lot of people because they assume with a low-calorie diet such as psmf, how could you have an increased weight fluctuation. This could be from consuming too many carbs while on the diet and not paying attention to protein or veggie sources containing salt.
Let’s take a look at the Carbs and how they impact water retention. For every one gram of carbs, it needs three to four grams of water to use it and store it.
To put that into perspective, let’s say you consume one average size Potato.
That means you would be consuming thirty-seven grams of carbs, which would require one hundred eleven to one hundred forty-eight grams of water.
That means four to five ounces, which is under half of a pound.
This means on a medium carbohydrate diet, an average person should retain about one and a half pounds of water weight from only carbohydrates regularly. Fasting, or drastically lowering your carb intake will lose these one and a half pounds right away.