Dieting and Weight Loss
Carbohydrates and Low-Carb Diets

Why do people lose water weight and muscle on low carb diets?

Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2011-01-18 15:33:00
AnswerThe point of a low carb diet is to make sure that you have enough protein. If you do, you'll be able to loose weight without loosing muscle mass. Low carb helps you reduce your cravings. Sugar and starch (carbs) burn off quickly and the intake of carbs cause your body to produce insulin to metabolize the carbs. Some weight loss doctors claim that almost all overweight people have tendencies toward hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which occurs when you eat carbs, produce too much insulin and quickly deplete the blood sugar. A condition like that causes low blood sugar within an hour or two and overweight people tend to get very hungry once the blood sugar has dropped and there is still too much insulin in the body.

A high protein diet with few carbs stops your body from producing too much insulin, stops you from having the cravings and helps you if if you want to loose weight.


I low carb diet, and i have yet to lose muscle over the years now. Carb is the bodies primary source of energy. If you are depleted in carbs, then your body will turn to fat as fuel. This is why low carb diets work. The problem is people can't fathom the fact that they can't eat as many carbs as they want, so they can't stay on a low carb diet. People love carbs! When you low carb, you will need to up your fat intake, so your body will use fat as fuel and not proteins. This will teach your body to burn fat as fuel, therefore dropping body fat lbs.

People lose water weight first in any diet, as the bodies weight is roughly 70% water. If you're losing muscle on a low carb diet, then you're diet is not in check.

User Avatar

Your Answer


Still Have Questions?

Related Questions

How do bodybuilders lose water weight?

from sweating and gaining muscle weight

Exercise Is Key For Fast, Healthy Diets?

Time is always a factor for those trying fast weight loss diets. The problem with many fast weight loss diets is that they can largely burn off water or muscle. The pounds that should be burned consist of fat. Any fast weight loss diets should always be combined with at least 30 minutes a day of healthy exercise to ensure the pounds that are lost are coming from fat, not muscle. Lowering the numbers on the scale might feel nice, but getting 30 minutes of daily exercise will help achieve the actual goal of getting that figure back in shape.

Can you gain your weight back fast after you have lost it?

Yes, you can gain weight back quickly after you have lost it. Crash diets often have this awful result. This comes from water weight loss, or from unsustainable starvation-type diets.

Can you gain muscle without gaining weight?

It is possible to gain muscle without gaining weight if one loses an equal or greater amount of non-muscle weight (fat, water, toxins).

Are lipids water soulable?

NOPE! Or else fat people would just drink water to loose weight, instead if having to be on special diets and pharmaceuticals. Put oil in water and see what happens, they separate.

People with less body fat have more body weight?

In general, muscle weighs more than fat because of the water content in muscle. So when comparing two people of roughly equal size, the person with more muscle will weigh more.

What are some really good diets to lose weight?

Diets with food types that do not absorb water within the body are the best. Breads and starchy food are good to avoid if you would like to lose weight at a speedy pace.

How do I determine if my weight loss is mostly fat, water or muscle?

It is difficult to determine whether your weight loss is fat or muscle. You should be able to tell whether weight loss was water in a few days. If you follow a sensible diet and the weight comes back on, it was probably just water. As for muscle versus fat, be sure you are following an exercise regime that includes weight-bearing exercises to minimize your muscle loss.

Does muscle milk taste better with milk or water?

Milk but if your trying to lose weight go for water.

Diets To Lose Weight?

As people begin to realize they need to get healthy, one of the ways they can change the way they look is by using a weight loss diet. There are several diets that have great results in weight loss. If you are looking for fast weight loss, you need to cut out all of the carbohydrates from your diet. These are nothing but empty calories that are not good for the body. You need to drink water with any diet as well as eliminating any excess fats.

Why does your weight go up when you exercise?

Muscle is denser than fat. It weighs more for the same volume. That's also why skinny or muscular people tend to sink in water, but fat people float easily. Fat floats in water (it's less dense than water.) Muscle and bone are both more dense than water, and they sink.

Is a detox diet safe for all ages?

Detox diets are used for two main reasons, certain people use them to clean their bodies from certain metals and food that does not help them be healthy. But other people use them to loose weight. But no matter what the reason detox diets are used for, they are not healthy for people of any age. These are very extreme diets, and people that were healthy before doing this diet have fallen ill. Some of the side effects people have had are falling into comma, water intoxication, and hyponatremia.

What are the fastest methods of weight loss?

There are a number of fast working diets which, for the most part, clean out your digestive system, and get rid of any extra water weight. These are not safe and do not keep the weight off.

The Importance of Healthy Diets?

There are a lot of fad diets that come and go, there's crash dieting and there are exotic diets that work for some people but not for others. When looking for a diet, it's important to look for healthy diets. Losing weight is not worth sacrificing your health. If you're not getting all of the vitamins, nutrients and proteins you need to get by as well as a healthy amount of calories and water, then the diet is not doing your body any favors.

How do you know what percentage of weight lost is actual fat instead of muscle or water especially if you are weight-training?

You can buy special scales, that can tell you the percentage of body fat and muscle.

What are some diets for weight loss?

Many diets could be considered scams, but in general most diets revolve around specific principles that do work in helping someone lose weight, in the short term. Unfortunately, these diets also have little long term research reliability. The healthiest and safest weight loss approach is to increase moderate exercise, decrease caloric intake, especially fats and sugars, and increase water intake.

How much weight can you lose in sixty days?

it is possible to lose 60 pounds in 30 days, although a large part of the weight you lose, is going to be water and muscle. Losing a lot of water and muscle weight, does nothing to improve your looks, and it actually slows down your metabolism. Slower metabolism = Easier weight gain!

What is the difference between weight loss and fat loss?

Weight loss can include anything that make you weigh less on the scales including losing weight in water, lean muscle mass and fat. What you really want to lose is fat, while gaining lean muscle mass to keep your metabolism going. If you drink enough water, your body will stop hoarding water for future use and you will lose some water weight. So losing water weight and fat is a good thing (obviously as long as you don't dehydrate), but you really do not want to lose muscle mass.

Which of the following are risky weight loss strategies A binge and purge B healthy eating with small but steady weight loss C fad dieting D not eating and only drinking water?

The answer is 1. liquid diets,2.laxatives and diuretics, 3. starvation diets

What are the steps for a fast diet?

Many quick diets involve not eating for a while or eating a lot of a low calorie food, such as popcorn. Most quick diets eliminate only water weight and are therefore ineffective.

What are some good diets to lose weight on?

The basic thing that is true with all diets is to just cut down on sugar and fat. You should try to eat healthy foods and get exercise and water.

How does diuretics help lose weight?

Some people retain water, this is known as 'water weight.' Diuretics increase urination, and thus help people expel this excess water weight.

Which rapid weight loss diets are effective?

Rapid weight loss is not safe or effective. Rapid weight loss is the loss of water and muscle mass from the body, not fat, and this "weight" is quickly gained back. The only way to lose weight is by burning more calories than are consumed, and this means ramping up daily exercise. You can put together a healthy eating plan at Check out for ideas on how to incorporate more activities into your schedule.

What are the best diet plans for losing weight quickly?

The Mayo Clinic Diet is a weight loss & lifestyle program that was designed by the experts at the Mayo Clinic. The purpose is to help you lose weight by teaching healthy eating and habits to develop and healthy lifestyle.

What percentage of your weight loss is water weight?

The body is made of an average 70% water. But when losing weight its hard to see what percentage is water as people have different methods of losing weight. If your was on a fade diet you will lose water and muscle which will come back. If you was on a health balanced diet then you most properly lose body fat. Before starting any diet you should get your body fat checked so you know how much you lost after!