I have been eating lots of protein, avoiding carbs and sugars fairly well, and adding magnesium to help with insulin resistance and (ergo) weight loss. Now I remember why I quit taking it the last time I tried this miracle macro mineral. The scale just ZOOMED up.
Is this attributable to increased bone density perchance? Or is there some mysterious interaction with a competing mineral?
Or is my body adjusting slowly and switching to a more efficient digestive model?
On the bright side, I have more vivid dreams and more energy.
asked byBeth_15 (333)
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on July 20, 2013
at 03:33 AM
It is definitely not bone density, as the difference would be minuscule. It's probably excess water. Any increase in the alkaline minerals such as potassium, sodium or magnesium will cause the body to hold a little more water in the cells to keep the right balance.
on July 21, 2013
at 01:48 AM
I would not think it's the magnesium, but let me ask, how much is "lots of protein"? Realize that any excess protein you consume will get converted into glucose, and then as insulin levels rise will be stored as fat.
Aim for .5-1g of protein per pound of your target lean body mass per day. Also, multiply this number of grams by 4 if it's a meat like beef, or by 3 if it's a meat like lean chicken breast (as meat is only 25-30% protein.)
A good measure if you want to avoid math is to eat 3 palm sized hunks of meat a day. Since hands aren't very much affected by fat levels and larger folks have larger palms while smaller folks have smaller palms, it makes for a good measure.
Keep your carbs between 50g-100g per day, the lower, the faster you lose, and the rest of your calories from good fats.
(Now, it doesn't apply to everyone, but too much protein triggers thermogenesis for some people, for these folks, they likely won't convert the protein to fat, but rather burn it off as heat.)
Yes, magnesium can cause tons of weird dreams, and if it's disturbing your sleep, that could be a problem and cause fat and water gain.
on August 06, 2013
at 06:57 AM
I'm stoked you asked this question because I recently starting taking supplemental magnesium and like you, for quite sometime, I was always fighting over the same 2 pounds for the longest time. But then, after taking the magnesium for like three weeks or whatever, my bodyweight went up like 4 pounds! And it's stayed there!
Anyway, as for the look and feel department, I don't feel bad and my energy during my workouts has improved. I interpreted your question not so much as being worried about gaining some weight, but rather genuinely curious WHY your weight went up so noticeably.
I too want to know why this is. As someone said before, the big three: Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium are known to cause an increase in intracellular water, in order to have a perfect balance.
I hope I'm not harming myself in the long run due to some sort of "Stress" this supplement may or may not have on my body.
- I too have taken the magnesium based on a diet assessment and pretty much concluded I must be deficient. Okay so not really the most scientific reason but hey....
on July 20, 2013
at 03:47 AM
Magnesium alone has never been associated with increased bone density. Only Vit K-2 has been associated with higher bone density. And the one that has been clinically tested is high dose MK-4, not MK-7. At least that's my understanding. Perhaps Vit K-2 with Vit D and Mg could also do the job. Don't tell me you're taking Ultra Calm magnesium.