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Water Retention due from carbs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

This past weekend I ate more carbs then usual. Not from bad sugars-- mostly fruits and starchy veggies. Yesterday I ate mostly greens and starchy veggies and bit of fat (just not in the mood to eat protein yesterday) def ate lower calories -- weighed myself this AM (yes I know the scale is EVIL) I actually was up 5 pounds WHAT THE???? Do you think it was due to carbs retaining water??

Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

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on March 28, 2011
at 09:45 PM

exactly, mondays I find myself drinking time and a half or more of my usual water intake, it flushes me out I guess and makes the water weight fall right back off.

2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 28, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Dietary Fiber IS a Carbohydrate. It binds water as it moves through the digestive system.

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on March 28, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I don't think it's the fiber, it's the carbohydrates/glycogen holding onto water.

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on March 28, 2011
at 03:52 PM

Yep, I can see it and feel it. My eyelids are swollen and my shoes/rings are much tighter.

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on March 28, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Just jumping onto the pile. I'm up 4 lbs today after adding in some roasted beets, carrots and potatoes over the weekend. These are things I normally do not eat and my carbs were significantly higher over the weekend (calories also much higher) It goes away quickly so nothing to worry about. ( I find drinking extra fluids at times like this helps a lot.)

Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

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on March 28, 2011
at 09:45 PM

exactly, mondays I find myself drinking time and a half or more of my usual water intake, it flushes me out I guess and makes the water weight fall right back off.

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on March 28, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I'm always up a couple of pounds on Monday due to increased carbs / decreased vigilance over the weekend. Also always back down (and then some, usually) by Tues or Wed morning.

And therein lies the problem with scales. I use a scale to get a sense of the direction of change over the mid to long term, but weight is such a highly variable thing.

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Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

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on March 28, 2011
at 04:06 PM

i can go up and down 5lbs day to day, it 100% correlates to carbs.

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2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 28, 2011
at 02:56 PM

My guess is it's actually the fiber from the fruits and vegetables binding the water. Just stay hydrated and it should come off soon. :) Don't trust the scale!

2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 28, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Dietary Fiber IS a Carbohydrate. It binds water as it moves through the digestive system.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on March 28, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I don't think it's the fiber, it's the carbohydrates/glycogen holding onto water.

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3f3236d1f951d4b4c25eff387699a905

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on October 16, 2011
at 11:17 AM

I do t use the water weight unless I'm really low carb and gluten free. I mean about half a broccoli plus half an onion a day low. Blergh

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on March 28, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Too many carbs make me retain so much water I can see it. When I wake up my face and lips will be swollen...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 28, 2011
at 03:52 PM

Yep, I can see it and feel it. My eyelids are swollen and my shoes/rings are much tighter.

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on March 28, 2011
at 02:50 PM

When was the last time you weighed yourself? I have a horrid habit of weighing EVERY DAY and stressing if it isn't down enough or heaven forbid its up.

Don't stress it - do your normal thing for a few days and reevaluate. You're right - the scale is evil, and only tells half the story in most cases.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on March 28, 2011
at 02:50 PM

I don't know if that's what did it to you, but I always notice a significant amount of water retention if I up my carbs too high, no matter what type of carbs they are.

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