Water Intake Can Cause Misleading Weigh-In Results

Day 194

Start: 76.7 kg
Weight Before Cheating Meal: 77.4 kg
Weight After Cheating Meal: 78.3 kg
Weight After Running: 77.1 kg
Final Weight: 77.4 kg
Result: gained .7 kg

After a strange day where I was sick but still had one of the best days of weight loss in a long time, I took a minor cheat day. This was not a break day, as I still ran my normal 90 minutes.

I was still feeling sick during the run. Still, the results of the run were pretty good, with a loss of 1.2 kg in what typically might have been a little more than that if I had had the energy to run a little faster. Considering that I was on my 3rd day of flu (but recovering slowly), this was a pretty successful exercise session.

After the run, my weight went up more than expected. By bedtime, I weighed 78.3 kg. While I did eat some after the run, it appears that most of that was water. I was really thirsty. And while I have a bad habit of not drinking enough water, there are times when you really need it. And being sick and fatigued like I am now is not a good time to skimp on the water. So I drank plenty, and my weight rose a lot.

When you drink a large amount of water, it is true that your weight goes up instantly as the water goes in. This is something you are not going to avoid when losing weight unless you really want to dehydrate yourself. It’s doubtful anyone recommends that as a long-term approach.

Presumably, the weight increase due to water will go back down as your body uses the water or gets rid of it through going to the bathroom or other body systems. However, some of it can definitely be retained in the body for a while. This is particularly true when weighing yourself on a daily basis, which I do preach heavily in my Pentamize weight loss system. However, the amount of water you put in your body can lead to misleading daily results. This may be what happens to me today. However, it won’t be possible to say for sure since this was also a cheat day. Maybe the major culprit is the cheating, not the high water intake.

The main point to remember on water intake is it is likely to even out over time. In fact, drinking more water is usually recommended since it puts your body in better condition to process your food, exercise better, etc. Just be aware that high water intake can lead to misleading daily weigh-in results. Look to your average results and don’t focus too much on extreme days. The extreme days you want to focus on would be when you know you did the wrong things. If you pig out and gain 2 pounds, that probably tells you not to pig out like that. If you drink a bunch of water and gain 1 pound on a day when you made no apparent mistakes, then that obviously doesn’t mean to stop drinking water.

The only obvious thing about today is that I need to continue to avoid cheat days. And in the long run, that is probably the factor that would cause me to have such a bad day (I gained .7 kg). As far as drinking a lot of water, that possibly played a role today. But that is not something I can worry about since it’s not likely to have a long-term negative effect (and may even have a positive effect).

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