"It jsut water weight........" - page 4

Why is it that when someone loses weight or a goodly amount in their first week they invariably say "it's just water weight.....". Is there a fluid balance shift when someone restricts their... Read More

  1. by   FireStarterRN
    Hmmm, computer glitch...
    Last edit by FireStarterRN on Sep 22, '07 : Reason: computers have minds of their own
  2. by   FireStarterRN
    I always thought it had something to do with us women having our periods and losing weight from that. I can lose 5 pounds once I have my period and lose my craving for chocolate.
  3. by   FireStarterRN
    Maybe it's hormonal??? Don't they say that fat has estrogens in it?
  4. by   leslie :-D
    ok tweety, it is just water weight, initially...

    Physiology of Weight Loss

    "Glycogen loss

    1. Patients on a calorie restricted diet consume less calories than they require.
    2. They then use stored calories from the reserves.
    3. We all have two energy reserve stores
    1. Glycogen (in the liver) is the first of the energy reserves which must be
    depleted before the second.
    2. Fat the second reserve is only attacked when glycogen is depleted
    4. Glycogen is stored with water, such that one pound of glycogen (0.37kg) lost
    involves the loss of 3lb (1.1kg) of water..."

    http://www.srht.nhs.uk/patient-visit...f-weight-loss/

    leslie

    aw...the link didn't work.
  5. by   lorita
    Quote from woody62
    A gallon of milk does not weigh 7 or 7 1/2 pounds. If it did, I wouldn't be able to lift it. Since it is a liquid, more then likely it weighs the same as water. But I'll bring the next gallon of milk I buy, Tuesday, and I'll weigh it.

    Woody
    Ok this is really a very simple math question a gallon=128 oz. a pound is 16 oz. 128/16=8
  6. by   woody62
    Quote from lorita
    Ok this is really a very simple math question a gallon=128 oz. a pound is 16 oz. 128/16=8
    I have a problem balancing my check book. You want me to do simple math as well

    Woody
  7. by   ee1rn2
    Quote from woody62
    Actually according to my google search, a gallon of water, at room temperature weighs 8 1/3 pounds. But unless you are overload of fluids, such as edema, it is kind of hard to lose a gallon of water., unless you are using a diuretic. Then you need to eliminate the extra fluid because of the strain it puts on your cardiac and respiratory systems. But, of course, we all know that, don't we

    Woody
    Try running a half marathon. That will do it even if ya drank a cup of water every mile. It was great finishing, but I slept/ was unconscious for 3 days afterwards (except for eating, urinating, and pooping) recouping. lol

    Scary thing is that I really want to do it again once I graduate from school and have a "life"...
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from elecengr123
    Try running a half marathon. That will do it even if ya drank a cup of water every mile. It was great finishing, but I slept/ was unconscious for 3 days afterwards (except for eating, urinating, and pooping) recouping. lol

    Scary thing is that I really want to do it again once I graduate from school and have a "life"...
    I was up to a half-marathon when my knee started giving me problems. But I understand, I loved and miss those long runs (and I certainly wasn't carrying around 15 extra pounds either.) Congrats on the half-marathon. Good luck!
  9. by   ee1rn2
    Quote from Tweety
    I was up to a half-marathon when my knee started giving me problems. But I understand, I loved and miss those long runs (and I certainly wasn't carrying around 15 extra pounds either.) Congrats on the half-marathon. Good luck!
    Did you lose about a gallon by the time you finished that half marathon?

    Yes, my knees were killing me around the 11th mile and afterwards. However, I finished and got a nice heavy metal medal.
  10. by   wilbur's mom
    I think there is an initial fluid loss component to many diets, too. One that comes to mind is ye olde "Cabbage Soup Diet", and when you get diarrhea from sudden fiber overload.... there goes water weight.
  11. by   woody62
    Quote from wilbur's mom
    I think there is an initial fluid loss component to many diets, too. One that comes to mind is ye olde "Cabbage Soup Diet", and when you get diarrhea from sudden fiber overload.... there goes water weight.
    You also end up in fluid and electrolyte imbalance. And getting back into balance, you regain all that supposed lost water weight.

    Woody
  12. by   cabela
    Just to clarify, I believe a liter of water is 2.2 lbs, a gallon of water is 8 lbs. , that's also how much my Med-Surg book weighed when I weighed if out of curiosity.

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