Why You Should Stop Saying, “It’s Just Water Weight!”

Matt and I (and about 83 other people…WOW!) started The 60-Day Keto Challenge on Monday. I got up Monday morning and weighed, and made a note of my starting weight. All day long, we stayed very strict with our keto diet, and this morning (Tuesday morning) I weighed again, and I was down four pounds.


Now I can already hear some of you saying, “Well, Kristi, but that was just water weight.”

Well, from the number of times I had to visit the bathroom yesterday, I can confirm that that’s true. Most of those four pounds that I lost in the first day of keto were water weight.

But here’s my question…

Why is water weight insignificant?

Why have we convinced ourselves that it’s just water weight? Why would I shrug off the fact that my body, after only a single day of eating almost no carbohydrates, decided to shed four pounds of water weight?

Let me tell you something, friends. THAT’S NOT INSIGNIFICANT!

The fact of the matter is that a carbohydrate-filled diet causes inflammation. I could feel it all over my body. I could see it in my puffy face and chin. I could feel it in my knuckles when I would ball my hands into fists and the skin felt like it was stretching tight. I could feel it in my knees when I’d try to sit cross-legged on the bed with my laptop. I could feel and see it in my bloated belly.

I could FEEL the inflammation all over my body — the excess water that my body was holding onto, and that was causing me to feel puffy and bloated.

And after one day of cutting out the carbs, my body let go of a significant amount of it. I got up this morning and could feel a difference before I even stepped on the scale. I looked in the mirror and saw a reduction in the puffiness in my face. My knuckles didn’t feel “stretched” when I balled my hand into a fist. My knees felt like they could bend easier. My belly felt less bloated.

And all of that after just one day of a ketogenic diet and four pounds of water weight. There’s nothing insignificant about that. And when you think of the HUGE laundry list of chronic diseases that are caused by/accompanied by inflammation, you’ll realize even more how just how NOT insignificant losing water weight truly is.

But don’t take my word for it. You can hear it from one of my favorite keto docs, Dr. Annette Bosworth (a.k.a., Dr. Boz) in this short video…

So I propose that instead of the conversation going like this…

  • “Hey, how did your first day of keto go?”
  • “It went fine. I lost four pounds, but it was probably just all water weight, so we’ll see how it goes from here.”

…the conversation should actually go like this…

  • “Hey, how did your first day of keto go?”
  • “It went GREAT! I lost four pounds of inflammation in the first day alone!”

One of the main benefits of the ketogenic diet is that it reduces inflammation, and sometimes that process starts in the very first day. There’s nothing insignificant about that.

So, keto on, friends!

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    June 25, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Wow! Interesting information. I have never thought of water weight like that. Thanks!

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    June 25, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Kristi — I’m not of fb so I appreciate your old school blog posts!! (haha)
    I was wondering if you (still?) take supplements while on keto? And if so… do you mind sharing what you take? Thanks!

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    June 25, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    So True!! It’s amazing how after having even one bad day i start to hobble out of bed in the morning like I am 100 years old or like I am so overweight I can’t walk but just cleaning my diet of carbs will take all that away and i am walking like I exercise daily!! Truly believe sugar is the devil but i go back and cheat. But with Keto I know when I do I can go back and feel better!

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    June 25, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    That’s an amazingly good first day! Congratulations on a great start.

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    June 25, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Amen sister! I lost 2.5 pounds. My knees usually ache up and down the stairs. Not today! Walking with the extra weight of laundry baskets and grande Bebe was a breeze.

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    June 26, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I too lost four pounds the first day. Yeh!

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    June 26, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    This is my 3rd day, and I’m down 5 pounds, so I’m feeling positive! Being vegan required some research, but it seems I’m on the right track. Congrats to everybody on the great start! (And thanks to you Kristi!)

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    Miss Elaineous
    June 27, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I must be doing something wrong. I started the Challenge at 160 lbs and have only lost 2 lbs in 4 days. I suspect this is due to my on-going hypothyroid problem. Although I’m still recovering from a revision of a total knee replacement (done one year ago–what a NIGHTMARE!), my knee does feels slightly better while my other joints feel a LOT better! I’m going to find some meal plans and do more research right now and hopefully I’ll be on the road to more rapid weight loss. I’m not giving up!

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      June 27, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      If you’re keeping your carbs under 20, and focusing on whole foods and no processed junk, then you’re doing just fine! Keep in mind that the scale is only one way to measure success on the keto diet. Lots of people see loss of inches way before they start seeing the scale move. Others start seeing improvements in physical conditions way before the scale moves. So it might be helpful to put the scale away for a couple of weeks so it won’t discourage you. So glad your joints are feeling better! That must be a huge relief. Glad you’re not giving up! 🙂

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    Guerrina Hernandez
    August 1, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I love low carb and need to get back to it. My triglycerides are showing that I’m not doing it! Looking forward to following along and maybe joining in on the next go round. Keto carnivore sounds like something I need to know more about!

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