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How to create the whoosh when you want

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by Yuan

In case you’re not familiar with the whoosh phenomenon, it’s when you stall on a good diet for a few weeks and then lose a bunch of weight overnight. It will happen more noticeably as you get leaner and it is more common among women. This happens because the fat cells become depleted and fill up with water in the stubborn areas (usually lower stomach/back for men and around thighs for women). In this post, I’m going to talk about how to create the whoosh when you want to see the updated results that you have worked for.

Squishy fat is a sign that fat has been depleted

If you notice that the fat feels squishier or softer than usual, it might be a sign that the fat cells are depleted and filled up with water instead. When you get really lean, the skin may look wrinkly or dimply. It may look weird, but it’s just a sign of progress. To create a whoosh for the next day, you can do a carb refeed and/or drink alcohol.

Carb Refeed for the whoosh

Carb refeeds are important for dieting, it helps maintain your metabolism, hormones and improves fat loss in the stubborn areas. The carb refeed will also pull water into the muscles making you look better the next day. In this scenario, it could pull water from the depleted fat cells. Your weight on the scale may be higher because the muscles are holding more water, but you’ll look a lot better.

Dry carb loading is a lot more effective, it’s where you load up on carbs without drinking a lot of water. The downside is that you will end up feeling very thirsty, the experience is not pleasant at all. I don’t recommend doing this because it makes you miserable and the results are not even guaranteed.

Drinking alcohol for the whoosh

I always found myself leaner looking the day after drinking. After looking around online, I found that I wasn’t the only one. Alcohol is a mild diuretic. Have a fun night and wake up looking better, a tough combo to beat. If you’re on a diet, I recommend staying away from sweet drinks, wine (dry wines are fine) and beer. Stick with spirits because most of the calories come from alcohol instead of simple carbs. Each gram of alcohol has 7.1 calories, but your body burns 5.7 calories processing every gram of alcohol.

Drinking in moderation is preferred, but if you plan on drinking a lot, you need to know that alcohol reduces fat oxidation. If you want to stay on point with your diet and drink a lot on a given day, follow Martin Berkhan’s method. Eat 1.5 g/kg body weight of carbs, 0.3 g/kg body weight of fat and as much protein as you want. Don’t do this more than once a week or your progress will suffer.

What about saunas for the whoosh?

Sweating expels water through another pathway and it will not help you empty the water filled fat cells.

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Enda February 16, 2015 at 1:33 am

Hi iv been dieting with a few years now but my best results are frim intermittent fasting but as my weight got low then it got harder to shift the last bit of weight! i began researching and found out that its possible im holding water! sometimes i gain huge amounts especially if i havent slept! for example i was on a major diet and fitness regine before my wedding and i looked the best i have in years but with the last two to three days nerves i wasnt sleeping at all! moning of wedding i looked and felt horrible, then months later looking at photos i was discussted with myself! i went from lean as fuck to fat as fuck in a matter of two days all from water weight!
so i got myself tested and my bodyfat is 9.5% and my water weight is 66% im 12 stone! im 38 when i was in my 20s i was almost ripped and my bodyfat was about 15% so now its 9.5% i should be pretty lean but i look fat as hell around my belly chest and ive double chin! really frustration as i eat and train well!
my question is even though ive been carrying water weight a long long time would a carb refeed day work for me?

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Yuan August 13, 2015 at 2:19 am

Give it a try and see how it goes. If you’re on a diet, I would recommend weekly refeeds regardless.

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