Body Weight and Glycogen Depletion

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Posted: 21 Jan 2018, 11:37
For all those folks who are starting diets and wondering why they are slowing down in weight loss after the first week or two. AND for all those folks who are freaking out because a weekend of going off plan has put you back up 5-10 pounds, this article is for you! Learning to understand body water percentages and glycogen storage can save you a lot of self-doubt and frustration.

Steven Lloyd

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Posted: 03 Feb 2018, 06:50
Thanks Bill...nice informative post, ties right in with that old post "Why The Scales Can Lie".

Glycogen and water weight fluctuations are why I don't post daily weights, I only post sustained ups or downs (fat and/or muscle lost/gained). Not saying that's right for everyone as you and several other successful buddies here on FS post weights much more often, but it works for me. I do try to keep my weight within a narrow weight window (hydrated weight) and monitor my weight quite often, especially when very active to see what's going on.

From my monitoring, I've seen my weight move down 5 pounds in less than 2 hours and over 10 pounds in a day due to glycogen depletion, sweat and respiration (especially in desert or dry mountain air). After re-hydrating and replenishing the "glycogen tank", my weight bounces right back...more if coupled with high salt intake and/or large meals.

On another note re Glycogen Depletion (GD) and why that is a good thing...

Below is a post reviewing the positive affects of GD on increasing insulin sensitivity and overall health (taken from a prior post on Maintainers Group).

Note; I haven't read the whole article, Just the abstract, but the whole article is available for those wanting more information.


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Posted: 12 Feb 2018, 21:28
Thank you for posting that Draglist, very informative.

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Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 07:23
Thank you Draglist and Steven Lloyd. I read the articles and clicked the links in the articles and learned more. I understand now why I gain 2 kg in a day, though it is still difficult to lose 2 kg in the next day (lol). Thank you very much my buddies Smile

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Posted: 14 Feb 2018, 20:32
You are welcome, Squirrel and Amanda! Great article, Steven!

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Posted: 01 Apr 2018, 14:49
If you're hypothyroid, your liver loses it's ability to store glycogen. This slows your metabolism down, as it can't convert thyroid hormone. So, if you're hypothyroid and taking medication for it, burning off all your glycogen is actually bad. Can make you feel like crap, too. Lowers the body temperature, makes you gain weight, makes you tired, constipates you (digestion relies on thyroid hormone, too). My lower legs and feet were actually swollen when i was diagnosed; I didn't even notice it until my endo saw it.

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Posted: 01 Apr 2018, 15:15
Thanks for the info. Well, I don't take meds for that condition but I definitely have low body temps, nagging water weight gains, constipation, and edema. I take Lasix to try to flush out the glycogen every weekend. Interested in any other thoughts/articles on this.

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Posted: 01 Sep 2018, 21:53
This was a timely read - thank you for posting the link.

Explains a lot about why my first week was so good.
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Posted: 02 Sep 2018, 00:35
Hi, Adam! I like to go back and re-read it every now and then. Thanks to you, I'll do that now!

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