I suffer from "carb face" and generally have to be on a very low carb diet in order to reduce the water retention predominantly in my face.
I've noticed that 2 things help. The first is 24-hour water-only fasting. The second is high dose magnesium (http://dekaria.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/high-dose-magnesium-helps-relieve-carb-face/).
Can anyone help explain why these work? I am looking for ways to reduce this, so that my diet does not have to be so extreme.
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on June 03, 2014
at 07:56 PM
The magnesium thing hints to me that you might have an electrolyte issue. If you also have muscle aches when it's not logical to have them, then I'd definitely suspect an electrolyte imbalance. You might recheck your carb amounts in your diet because if you go too far into HFLC, you'll end up on the Ketogenic Diet, which has interesting effects on electrolytes. If you think you might be at 2:1 Keto or higher, then look into Kossoff/Freeman's Ketogenic Diets book where they explain how to prevent the side effects like acidosis (or treat them).
on June 03, 2014
at 06:03 PM
Every molecule of glucose you hold on to will hold on to something like 3-4 of water.
Magnesium can be a diuretic depending on the type you consume. The cheap stuff is the worst to use as a supplement, but the best to get rid of excess water. It will help pull out water from your colon, and give you loose stools, so in that way, it will help you get rid of excess water. But, if you were bloated, you need to find the root cause.
If it's excess carbs, there's a very easy fix, stop consuming as much carbs, limit your intake to something like 50g-150g/day and see what happens.
on May 21, 2014
at 04:33 PM
Are there side by side pictures of this? Seems a bit silly, I understand carbs can cause bloating, but to a noticeable degree in facial tissue??
On the magnesium note, I know higher doses of magnesium or other supplements can act as a laxative which could explain it.