How much weight do people lose after an overnight fast?

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    Jun 11, 2011 5:27 PM GMT
    It's useless--I can't gain weight to reach 140.

    I lose about 1-2 pounds after sleeping overnight. What am I supposed to do, eat 24 hours a day?icon_evil.gif
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jun 11, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    lol the only thing you lost with fasting is water weight. if you do it for too long you muscle oh and when you start back eating you gain it all back and then whatever you lost
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    Jun 11, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    I drink water in the middle of the night. I've actually started to eat an egg in the middle of the night.

    Most texts report liver glycogen weight to be 70-100g and muscle glycogen to be 200-400g. Most of the glycogen in the liver is used up at night while sleeping, and possibly some from the muscle.

    I'm just saying, I seem to lose a lot more "dry weight" besides just that.
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    Jun 11, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    Eat some 1% low salt cottage cheese before you go to bed. The casein will gel in your stomach for a slow release.
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    Jun 11, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    Really! I probably gain 20 pounds in a month icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 11, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
    Depends on which DJ is spinning that night icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 11, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidIt's useless--I can't gain weight to reach 140.

    I lose about 1-2 pounds after sleeping overnight. What am I supposed to do, eat 24 hours a day?icon_evil.gif


    I fluctuate in my weight as much as 5-6 pounds overnight, though recently that variance is about 3 pounds since I've fallen under 200#.

    A lot of it may be water weight I absorb during the day, I think.
  • metatextual

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    Jun 11, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    I lose about maybe 2-5 lbs overnight; if i don't eat relatively close to my bedtime, I'll wake up starving with a headache. For comparison, in an eating contest, I've eaten about 40 ounces [2.5 lbs] of corned beef in one sitting.
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    Jun 11, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidAnd to make matters worse, do you take a big ol' crap in the morning as well?

    Try weighting yourself when you wake up and then after you take a big hefty dump....it will surely depress you even more.

    I don't recommend it!

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    lol, awesome response!
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    Jun 11, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidAnd to make matters worse, do you take a big ol' crap in the morning as well?

    Try weighting yourself when you wake up and then after you take a big hefty dump....it will surely depress you even more.

    I don't recommend it!

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    Ah, thanks for the tip. I'll remember to weigh myself before dumping the crap. It'll make me feel better. icon_lol.gif
  • Webster666

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    Jun 11, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    When you starve yourself (fasting), your body goes into emergency survival mode, and holds on to every bit of fat that it can.

    You'd have better results if you never fasted, got a good amount of exercise, and cut out all crap food, like sodas, cookies, candy, chips, and fast food.
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    Jun 12, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    I'm definitely NOT an expert in this field...but I do have a lot of common sense mixed with some knowledge.
    IF you lost 1 to 2 pound in a night and did this consistently I would worry a bit.
    In other words...over a period of a week you would be losing 7 to 14 pounds
    and the weight loss is accumulated...not good.
    But if you regain the weight during the course of the day, I don't see a problem.
    Damn!! Wish I only had 1 or 2 pounds to worry about....icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Not that much. Starving yourself will only lead to decreased metabolism. Forget it. You're better off decreasing your calorie slowly but steadily. Good luck!

    Do the zig-zag method, where you decrease your caloric intake for 3 days, and up your caloric intake for 1 day. This way your metabolism won't slow down too much. You don't want to start losing muscle.
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    Jun 12, 2011 12:22 AM GMT
    I think the OP is interested in gaining (muscle) weight.

    I'm trying to "optimise" my weight from now, as I don't want to fall below 170, even though I have some unwanted fat on my upper thighs and torso; I want this to disappear a bit more, and gain some inches in my chest and arms.

    And calves, but those are about bloody hopeless, lol
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    Jun 12, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    alphatrigger saidI think the OP is interested in gaining (muscle) weight.

    I'm trying to "optimise" my weight from now, as I don't want to fall below 170, even though I have some unwanted fat on my upper thighs and torso; I want this to disappear a bit more, and gain some inches in my chest and arms.

    And calves, but those are about bloody hopeless, lol


    LOL! icon_redface.gif So sorry OP. If you are worried about losing too much muscle mass, take 3g of glutamine before going to bed. It will provide somewhat of protection against catabolism. Other than that, there is really nothing else that I know of that can prevent weight / mass loss during sleep. Maybe others know.
  • mybud

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    Jun 12, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    Ever try drinking a Casein shake or eating some cottage cheese before night...these proteins digest slower and feed your body during the night....Son...post your diet who others can give ya more detailed advice.....BUD
  • Jerebear

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    Jun 12, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    Weighing yourself at night and weighing yourself again the next morning is absolutely completely nonsensical and is a great way to add needless stress to your life.
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    Jun 12, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    Jerebear saidWeighing yourself at night and weighing yourself again the next morning is absolutely completely nonsensical and is a great way to add needless stress to your life.


    This.

    I try not to weigh myself and record it more than once a week; in fact once ever two weeks would be better, once you've established a baseline weight over a set period, you can see how you are meeting your weight goals over time, and adjust your caloric intake or protein/carb/dietary fat balance accordingly.

    Also, I try to record my weight at the same time of day, to take into account that the food and drink I've consumed over the course of the day will skew my weight accordingly.
  • charmr

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    Jun 12, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    waimea said
    alphatrigger saidI think the OP is interested in gaining (muscle) weight.

    I'm trying to "optimise" my weight from now, as I don't want to fall below 170, even though I have some unwanted fat on my upper thighs and torso; I want this to disappear a bit more, and gain some inches in my chest and arms.

    And calves, but those are about bloody hopeless, lol


    LOL! icon_redface.gif So sorry OP. If you are worried about losing too much muscle mass, take 3g of glutamine before going to bed. It will provide somewhat of protection against catabolism. Other than that, there is really nothing else that I know of that can prevent weight / mass loss during sleep. Maybe others know.


    It is perfectly normal to lose a few pounds overnight and gain throughout the day -- unless you get up at night to eat. I never do, and exercise daily before breakfast. I lose about 3 pounds overnight, and rarely over-hungry in the morning. I get weighed naked every morning before unloading. I have to eat and drink water before I can unload, and then wont show a loss. LOL] . I'm always between 147 and 153,. mostly under 150. I'm 5'6. I'm old enough to a grandfather to most of you, and I've been the same weight for 30 years. Lost 30 pounds in the '70's and gained back 10.
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    Jerebear saidWeighing yourself at night and weighing yourself again the next morning is absolutely completely nonsensical and is a great way to add needless stress to your life.
    Only if you let it add stress.

    I weigh several times a day for observation on how things affect my body's weight. I can tell you that sitting in the plane 4 hrs at a time - even drinking a bottle of water - I'll still lose about 3 lbs of water. That's a half gallon. Gotta rehydrate after every flight.

    Then again, I use the body scale thing that records everything (BMI, bf, water weight, etc.) so I can see trends and graphs on the computer. The numbers mean nothing. The monthly trend means everything.

    As long as you're approaching it from an observational point of view rather than expectational, you'll learn a lot about your body. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    I believe the key to weight loss is to remember to give advice in large green letters.

  • NerdLifter

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    Jun 12, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    I fluctuate in weight by usually 6-7 lbs from time I go to sleep to time I weight myself in the morning. A lot of it is water weight evaporating from you skin over night + urine + also if you take a dump as the guys talked about.