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Created June 15, 2012 at 3:44 PM

does anyone else get heavy water retention the day after carb refeed, load, etc? is it normal?

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:43 PM

...you're definitely headed in the direction of your goal, so just keep at it.

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:38 PM

yeah Mike, that's fine man. Most of the models I've spoken with carb deplete specifically in the days leading up to a shoot, otherwise they just cycle them or stick to whatever meal plan they're doing. No one stays in a depleted state forever, not even models. Also, we're not fitness models, so we have a lot more freedom. It's a fine balance- just give it time and patience and you'll figure it out. as you get a little leaner,the water from the carbs won't obscure your definition so much. you might not have striations all over, but you'll still look toned.

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yeah Mike, that's fine man. No one hangs around in a depleted state forever. Most of the models I've spoken with carb deplete specifically in the days leading up to a shoot, otherwise they just cycle them or stick to whatever meal plan they're doing. No one stays in a depleted state forever. Also, we're not fitness models, so we have a lot more freedom. It's a fine balance- just give it time and patience and you'll figure it out. as you get a little leaner,the water from the carbs won't obscure your definition so much. you might not have striations all over, but you'll still look toned.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:37 PM

yeah Mike, that's fine man. No one hangs around in a depleted state forever. Most of the models I've spoken with carb deplete specifically in the days leading up to a shoot, otherwise they just cycle them or stick to whatever meal plan they're doing. No one stays in a depleted state forever. Also, we're not fitness models, so we have a little more freedom. It's a fine balance- just give it time and patience and you'll figure it out. as you get a little leaner,the water from the carbs won't obscure your definition so much. you might not have striations all over, but you'll still look toned.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:32 PM

yeah Mike, that's fine man. No one hangs around in a depleted state forever. Most of the models I've spoken with carb deplete specifically in the days leading up to a shoot, otherwise they just cycle them or stick to whatever meal plan they're doing. No one stays in a depleted state forever. You seem to be doing the right things and making progress, so once you get a little leaner, the water from the carbs won't obscure your definition too much. It's a fine balance though, and you'll figure it out. Just give it some time and patience.

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:14 PM

i feel stronger, and vascular but most defintion in my abs are gone

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:01 PM

...also, minimuze sodium when you carb refeed.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:00 PM

I notice it makes my muscle bellies look fuller, and kind of enjoy it b/c it gives me a better pump in the gym. IT shouldn't look like you're holding water between your skin and your muscles- the water should be in the glycogen in your muscles, so they look fuller. If it looks like the former, try eating asparagus on your refeed days, as it is a natural diuretic and can help if you seem to be retaining water beneath the skin.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Yes.

When you are in ketosis, the body cycles more water to burn ketones. When you break ketosis, your body retains considerably more water.

This is exactly why people who go low carb lose 8-15lbs their first two weeks, then taper down to maybe 1lbs a week afterwards - ketosis is fairly diuretic.

I gain about 3lbs after a re-feed. It goes away after 2 days of ketosis.

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on June 15, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Yup, the scale can jump 3-4 lbs overnight, and I am not on a especially lo-carb version of paleo.

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on June 15, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Yes, of course it's normal. You can easily require 3-4 pounds of water for replenishing glycogen.

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