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same weight, feeling "fluffy"

xtrain321xtrain321 Posts: 194Member Member Posts: 194Member Member
Hey guys, any thoughts on this? About a year ago I used a small calorie deficit with intermittent fasting (16:8) and got really cut. Also switched from a cardio focus to lifting focus during this same period. I've maintained the weight loss and am still super lean, but some days I feel/look "fluffy." Does this happen to anyone else, and is there any way to prevent it? I don't add salt to anything, but it does seem like fluid retention, except that it doesn't show up on the scale. Also, I'm sorry if this it tmi--I'm a 48 year old female and not having a cycle anymore, so I don't think it's those hormonal shifts either. Appreciate any thoughts on this.


  • ravengirl2014ravengirl2014 Posts: 40Member Member Posts: 40Member Member
    My Trainer says that that sort of thing is usually water retention...but it isn't only salt that does it...carbs do it too... He used to say he could see the effects of one slice of bread on his body!
  • csplattcsplatt Posts: 434Member Member Posts: 434Member Member
    have you ever seen photos that really cut people take of themselves just a few hours apart? when you change the lighting, body position, time of day, time since the last meal, what was eaten, their midsection looks totally different! i try to keep that in mind.
  • admaarieadmaarie Posts: 4,241Member Member Posts: 4,241Member Member
    This week I feel fluffier than most for a few reasons
    - my period is about to start this week
    - I’ve had more sodium than usual this week
    - Bc I’m about to start my period my bowel movements have been off
    - Not really doing my best with water tbh
    all of these things contribute to the bloating heavy fluffy feeling and usually subsides the week after my period is done
    Every day/week sometimes even hour will be different. Please don’t stress it!
  • xtrain321xtrain321 Posts: 194Member Member Posts: 194Member Member
    Thanks guys. Okay, it's annoying, but I will just try not to worry about it. :smile: Thank you!
  • MurrayzaidaMurrayzaida Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    As mentioned, carbs..I am experimenting with changing my macros to more carbs and am definitely not as cut as what I was on higher protein/less carbs. I am finding that certain carbs (and I only eat the good whole stuff) are worse than others and I will probably eliminate them (e.g. beetroot and don't even talk about legumes!).
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