CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


6 pounds of water weight? DURING A FAST

I have started a week long fast... and i decided not to weigh myself for the first 3 days...hoping to find results even if slight ones by day 4. I'm consuming about 100 oz of liquids (soup, tea, juice) etc each day. So today I stepped on the scale....about an hour ago (mid afternoon). AND ITS 6 POUNDS MORE...I weighed myself after eating 1/2 a pizza last week and its was 4 pounds less. I'm just confused. I've had alot of water today but I've also peed like 10 times. how does water weight work? I'm having a spastic moment.

Wed. Oct 18, 5:45pm

Add comment  
I've never been on a fast, but maybe your body is in starvation mode- how many calories were you consuming each day before the fast? How many days have you been on the fast? Why are you fasting? Have you research fasting? Have you contact a doctor/nutritionalist for feedback before starting your fast?

Could be water weight- how much salt were you consuming before your fast? Are you eating canned soup now (as part of the fst?) Canned soups have A LOT of sodium. Also, is it *that* time of the month?

Good luck- hope you get it sorted out.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 5:54 PM

Add comment
For relatively consistent "water weight", only weigh yourself first thing in the morning after peeing. After that, it's affected by the actual weight of the food/water you've consumed.

Another tip - when fat cells empty of fat, they temporarily swell with water. I used to wonder if that was a myth until I had a massage therapist "prove" this to me by gently massaging my completely changed the shape of it and resulted in many trips to the bathroom that evening. The hydration percentage on the scale the next morning was a full point less than it had been.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 6:00 PM

Add comment
Have you also been exercising muscles in an unaccustomed way? This can result in a temporary weight gain of several pounds. Here's a link to a thread that discussed this type of temporary weight gain.


Thursday, October 19, 2006, 6:23 AM

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge