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Water Weight is more significant than I thought

robininflrobininfl Member Posts: 1,137 Member Member Posts: 1,137 Member
I know, logically, that a gallon of water weighs around 8lb so shouldn't have been so surprised. But I hurt my back and have been just walking for cardio and doing yoga for a couple of weeks, no lifting, no running. Diet I estimate is about the same, and my weight dropped by 4lb over the first few days and has retreated slightly more from there so now I am down by 5lb. I am pretty sure this is water, I don't think one can lose muscle this fast, and I'm eating well, do not think it could be fat loss either.

Reassuring in a way, if it jumps 5lb when I jump back in I won't freak out.


  • BrianSharpeBrianSharpe Member Posts: 9,097 Member Member Posts: 9,097 Member
    When I'm in the later stages of a training plan I'll put on 3lbs the day of my long runs....... sounds pretty normal for the change in activity.
  • Sloth2016Sloth2016 Member Posts: 846 Member Member Posts: 846 Member
    Yup. I can vary up to 5 lbs. by taking a few days off from training. Comes right back when I restart.
  • lightenup2016lightenup2016 Member, Premium Posts: 1,048 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,048 Member
    I also had to take a week off from running and walking, and lost 2 lbs after I had been in a two week stall. Now I'm adding back some workouts and expecting to see a gain from water weight. Strange but true!
  • troytroy11troytroy11 Member Posts: 180 Member Member Posts: 180 Member
    Yes happens to me to. Some Medications may cause that retention as well.
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