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how many pounds is water?

i've searched the previous threads and found several things on water weight, but what i want to know is-

my passive agressive dad who i don't see very often, thank goodness, said to me on the phone the other day- i'm so proud of you, you're doing so good on taking control of your health, but you do know that the first 15 pounds is water weight right? i immediately called BS on him and said there's no way that's right, he got indignant and said well you can take it up with dr. so-and-so. i said, i really don't know but maybe he said that's how much it would be if YOU lost weight, considering your size.

so i guess i want to know is- dependeding on size does the percentage or poundage fluctuate? as in with a 400 pound person it's 15 pounds and a 200 pound person it's 10 or 5? am i on the right track, or completely off?

Sat. Jun 9, 9:22am

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1 gallon of water, in a bucket, or milk jug is around 8 lbs. (standard physics). Sorry though, I don't know how that changes with physiology.

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 10:34 AM

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Check out these links, they might answer your question. Regardless of what type of weight your losing, don't let your dad beat you up or discourage you from continuing on, you're moving in the right direction and you should feel proud of yourself for what you've accomplished so far. Shut him up by persevering :-)

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 10:50 AM

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Whether or not you're losing water weight, fat weight or muscle weight has to do with your diet and exercise pattern. If you're not starving yourself and doing a balanced diet (by this I mean eating healthy portions of carbs, protein, fiber) and you're exercising, you're losing mainly fat. If you're not exercising, you're losing fat and some muscle. If you're doing a low-carb diet (Atkins, South Beach), the first 10-12 lbs tends to be water weight as water attaches itself to carbohydrates and since carbs are being cut, water doesn't have as much to cling to. That said, the important thing here is that you're trying to get healthy regardless of your chosen path and you should be commended for it - great job! Don't let your father's insensitive comments bug you, you need to be supported positively (presumabley, that's why you're here on PT!). Keep it up and good luck!

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 11:37 AM

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if you are eating right, exercising, and rehydrating on a regular basis, you are going to lose real weight, the water weight loss or gained will be insignificant. tell your dad to shove it-he's jealous!

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 12:04 PM

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