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Re-bound effect for low-carb cheat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

I've been eating low-carb for about a year. I've slipped a few times, primarily when I've been visiting family or hosting non-paleo folks.

Something I've noticed is that if I screw up and eat cake and drink lots of wine over a weekend, I put on a lot of weight. Is this some type of rebound effect from a low-carb diet? If so, could someone take a stab at explaining the science behind it?

Thanks!

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on August 12, 2013
at 03:08 PM

The body can also fluctuate 2-3 lbs per day anyway based on fluid, bowel movements, inflammation, etc. I weigh from 144.8 to 147.2 on any given day, but it can jump from the low to the high end and back day to day.

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on August 12, 2013
at 02:27 AM

Thank you for that! That doesn't explain 10 pounds over 3 days, but it's a start. ;)

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 11, 2013
at 06:34 PM

If you have been eating very low carb for a while, your muscles are fairly glycogen depleted. The body can hold about 400-500g of glycogen (on average) in the muscles and liver, but it is stored bonded with water, at about 2 or 3 to 1 water to glycogen. With that, if you were depleted, and suddenly ate a bunch of carbs, the muscles would take them up at glycogen and the water would go with it. If you figure 250g of glycogen with about 750g of water, that could be a kilogram easily in bodyweight change.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 12, 2013
at 03:08 PM

The body can also fluctuate 2-3 lbs per day anyway based on fluid, bowel movements, inflammation, etc. I weigh from 144.8 to 147.2 on any given day, but it can jump from the low to the high end and back day to day.

6f4425e3c7dc0efe60da531c5d991487

(373)

on August 12, 2013
at 02:27 AM

Thank you for that! That doesn't explain 10 pounds over 3 days, but it's a start. ;)

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