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Is water retention normal when starting paleo (for women)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 30, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I've been eating Paleo for about two weeks and previously been dieting for about two months with minimal luck (only lost about 7lbs). I have been feeling a lot healthier since begining paleo eating around 1200-1400 calories a day, but today I have gained about 5-8lbs of water weight. Is this normal?

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on July 30, 2012
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Nuts and dairy tend to stall me when seeking weight loss (except butter). Sounds like you have a nice meal plan. It is summer, so I am eating more fruit than usual which can increase my water retention a bit from when I go low carb. Do you drink water throughout the day? I know that dried fruit can sometimes make some people a little constipated (like with the raisins) in the absence of enough water. Hopefully your body is just getting used to paleo and will sort itself out - it could be anything really. Best wishes.

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I don't eat nuts or dairy, but I do tend to eat a couple servings of fruit a day and then usually try to eat meat and vegtables with every meal. On an average day I eat: Breakfast-an apple with a small handful of raisons, lunch- large bowl of taco salad with 1/3lb lean ground beef, supper- large chicken breast some cauliflower and carrots. Throughout the day I have a few snacks such as a piece of fruit or a 1/4 cup of raisons. I weighed in at 138 last week (5"4'). Since startung paleo I've lost about 2 lbs.

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Please post what you are eating

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on August 01, 2012
at 12:21 PM

Since you've been eating paleo less than a month, could you be at a place in your menstrual cycle wherein you might gain water weight for a few days? My weight fluctuates depending on where I am in my cycle--about five pounds +/-. I figured that out by charting weight at different points in the month... I get a sort of wavy chart where even if I'm losing weight over the course of the month, I weigh more at some points in my cycle just because of water retention.

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on August 01, 2012
at 05:46 AM

You may not be getting enough sodium.

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on July 30, 2012
at 10:43 PM

I would say not normal, in the beginning for sure. Water weight is usually the first thing to go for me; usually 3-7 lbs in the first week depending on how long my last SAD binge was (I'm weak-willed at times and bounce back and forth between paleo and SAD here and there). Jackie said "the higher fat I eat, the less water I retain", this makes sense to me. I eat pretty high fat when I'm on my game, and it sounds like you might be lacking in the dietary fat department. An apple and some raisins for lunch would probably result in me passing out from fatigue and hunger two hours later, and sounds like you are only eating lean meats, which is recommended often if you are eating CAFO meat, but make up for the lost fat by cooking everything (meat, veggies) in good fats (coconut oil, butter or ghee, pastured tallow or lard, etc.). I would try really upping your fat intake for a week or two and watch the scale every couple of days and see if it starts ticking down immediately, that'll be the water weight. I eat quite a bit of fruit, at least a couple servings a day so I think if you up the fat you can probably hold on to the fruit if it is something you enjoy. I've even been snacking on dates the past couple of days and am still dropping weight. Good luck!

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on July 30, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Could you provide some more details about what you're eating? Nuts, dairy? I notice that the higher fat I eat, the less water I retain overall, and I especially notice this during my period. Most people tend to lose weight during their first two weeks. What are your stats, if you don't mind sharing? If you do, how much do you want to lose? Everyone's body is different, so it could just be your adjustment into paleo.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on July 30, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Nuts and dairy tend to stall me when seeking weight loss (except butter). Sounds like you have a nice meal plan. It is summer, so I am eating more fruit than usual which can increase my water retention a bit from when I go low carb. Do you drink water throughout the day? I know that dried fruit can sometimes make some people a little constipated (like with the raisins) in the absence of enough water. Hopefully your body is just getting used to paleo and will sort itself out - it could be anything really. Best wishes.

1a6072f1b8c1ded97e2e2ade617fa021

(171)

on July 30, 2012
at 08:16 PM

I don't eat nuts or dairy, but I do tend to eat a couple servings of fruit a day and then usually try to eat meat and vegtables with every meal. On an average day I eat: Breakfast-an apple with a small handful of raisons, lunch- large bowl of taco salad with 1/3lb lean ground beef, supper- large chicken breast some cauliflower and carrots. Throughout the day I have a few snacks such as a piece of fruit or a 1/4 cup of raisons. I weighed in at 138 last week (5"4'). Since startung paleo I've lost about 2 lbs.

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