A quick question about glycogen

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A quick question about glycogen

Post by Chrissanth » Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:58 am

I'm going on a fairly low carb (50-100g) diet and I'm wanting to get an idea of how much of the loss comes from glycogen.

I've read that it's ~400g of carbs stored in the body maximum and that for each gram it has 4g of water that attaches to it.

That would make me think 1600g total which is approximately 3.5lbs, would this be accurate?

The more accurate I can get with this, the better I'll be able to track my progress :P

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Re: A quick question about glycogen

Post by stuward » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:45 am

Fat loss comes from calories deficit. However, 1 gram glycogen is associated with about 3 grams of water, so glycogen depletion can lead to water loss that comes back quickly when carbs are reintroduced. There's no long term effect.
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