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Why am I taking Magnesium and gaining weight? Increased bone density?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 20, 2013 at 3:31 AM

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.

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on August 08, 2013
at 06:06 PM

good idea! I know I have to be more intentional about the coconut oil and so forth...

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on August 07, 2013
at 09:32 PM

also, I had gained about 8 pounds before I started adding calcium (am also taking iodine) and now am down 3 pounds, so still have 5 to go (and hopefully more?). I haven't been myself for a long time. Exercise did NOTHING except exhaust me (adrenal fatigue), so maybe this mineral set will help.

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on August 07, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Thanks, RB! I'm interested to hear you've experienced the same thing. I wonder if you take calcium as well, or are eating foods high in calcium. I read a lady's comment elsewhere mentioning that she found some reduction in the water retention when she added calcium. I assumed I was getting enough, but perhaps was deficient in both. Felt like an episode of House--take enough to cause bad symptoms, then you know where you are. :-)

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on August 06, 2013
at 03:21 PM

This is exactly what I was thinking...you might want to clarify how much protein you are eating. If you are doing low carb, hit your protein numbers then fill the rest of calories with fat (coconut oil avocados, nuts)

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:26 AM

I had absolutely no idea that excess protein could be converted into glucose--I'm staggered. Thank you! It could be a factor, definitely.

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on July 20, 2013
at 03:34 PM

O.O good idea! Completely would not have thought of that.

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on July 20, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Buy a cheap pair of skin calipers online for about $15. That way you will have the confidence knowing that your fat isn't going up when the scale fluxuates.

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on July 20, 2013
at 02:22 PM

I think the Oxide is the form I just tossed based on other reading. Ooops. Lucid dreaming, eh? :D Kind of tempting...going to look up what Chantix and LDN are.

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on July 20, 2013
at 02:20 PM

I don't get enough magnesium, based on my current intake of vegetables and on the symptom lists of deficiency. It did give me a boost of amazing energy when I started taking it, but when I usually fight the scale over the same 2 pounds for a couple of years, and then it goes up 4-5 in a week or two, that is alarming. I try not to live by the scale, and I do feel I'm on the right track generally, but I don't want to find myself 10 pounds up one day. So far looking okay. Good questions!

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on July 20, 2013
at 01:37 PM

Or just avoid magnesium supplementation unless you are certain you are difficient. What does your eating look like?

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on July 20, 2013
at 06:53 AM

why not just accept it? Is the figure on the scale that important? How do you feel, how do you look, do you sleep well?

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:42 AM

Yes, Natural Calm is what I meant. Try that with a bit of Chantix and LDN and you could literally be lucid dreaming. Overall I find 400mg of Mag Oxide sends me to a tranquil sleep, although people tend to obsess over many different kinds of Magnesium.

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:32 AM

water retention resonates...thank you! So tweak the potassium/sodium/magnesium ratio, perhaps?

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:31 AM

Natural Calm? Er, yes. Thanks for the clarification on bone density!

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

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.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 20, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Buy a cheap pair of skin calipers online for about $15. That way you will have the confidence knowing that your fat isn't going up when the scale fluxuates.

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

(333)

on July 20, 2013
at 02:20 PM

I don't get enough magnesium, based on my current intake of vegetables and on the symptom lists of deficiency. It did give me a boost of amazing energy when I started taking it, but when I usually fight the scale over the same 2 pounds for a couple of years, and then it goes up 4-5 in a week or two, that is alarming. I try not to live by the scale, and I do feel I'm on the right track generally, but I don't want to find myself 10 pounds up one day. So far looking okay. Good questions!

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:32 AM

water retention resonates...thank you! So tweak the potassium/sodium/magnesium ratio, perhaps?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 20, 2013
at 01:37 PM

Or just avoid magnesium supplementation unless you are certain you are difficient. What does your eating look like?

Cfdbf3485f0bac5895f86d74afd9fac0

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on July 20, 2013
at 06:53 AM

why not just accept it? Is the figure on the scale that important? How do you feel, how do you look, do you sleep well?

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

(333)

on July 20, 2013
at 03:34 PM

O.O good idea! Completely would not have thought of that.

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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.

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:26 AM

I had absolutely no idea that excess protein could be converted into glucose--I'm staggered. Thank you! It could be a factor, definitely.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on August 06, 2013
at 03:21 PM

This is exactly what I was thinking...you might want to clarify how much protein you are eating. If you are doing low carb, hit your protein numbers then fill the rest of calories with fat (coconut oil avocados, nuts)

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on August 08, 2013
at 06:06 PM

good idea! I know I have to be more intentional about the coconut oil and so forth...

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on August 06, 2013
at 06:57 AM

Hey Beth,

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....

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on August 07, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Thanks, RB! I'm interested to hear you've experienced the same thing. I wonder if you take calcium as well, or are eating foods high in calcium. I read a lady's comment elsewhere mentioning that she found some reduction in the water retention when she added calcium. I assumed I was getting enough, but perhaps was deficient in both. Felt like an episode of House--take enough to cause bad symptoms, then you know where you are. :-)

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on August 07, 2013
at 09:32 PM

also, I had gained about 8 pounds before I started adding calcium (am also taking iodine) and now am down 3 pounds, so still have 5 to go (and hopefully more?). I haven't been myself for a long time. Exercise did NOTHING except exhaust me (adrenal fatigue), so maybe this mineral set will help.

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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.

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on July 20, 2013
at 02:22 PM

I think the Oxide is the form I just tossed based on other reading. Ooops. Lucid dreaming, eh? :D Kind of tempting...going to look up what Chantix and LDN are.

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

(333)

on July 20, 2013
at 04:31 AM

Natural Calm? Er, yes. Thanks for the clarification on bone density!

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:42 AM

Yes, Natural Calm is what I meant. Try that with a bit of Chantix and LDN and you could literally be lucid dreaming. Overall I find 400mg of Mag Oxide sends me to a tranquil sleep, although people tend to obsess over many different kinds of Magnesium.

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