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  • If I stop drinking (anything) will it kill me??

    So I hold water like a camel which sucks because my hard earned abs disappear behind a wall of water. I do drink alot of liquids. Mostly water but I do drink tea, and an occational glass of juice.

    I decided to do an experiment yesterday. On went the sauna suit, sweat pants, sweat shirt and out for a 2 mile run. When I came back I had lost 9 pounds. That is more then a freaking gallon of water. What do you know the abs were back too. I don't add salt to anything I eat and actually eat alot of asparagus because it is a natural diuretic.

    If I eat meats, veggies, and the occational dairy product but limit my liquid intake would my body get enough liquid from the food I eat? For the first 3 months of my dogs life he ate the best kibble money could buy and drank like a regular dog. He has since been eating a raw diet (He's now 3 years old) and NEVER drinks. Unless he goes for a run with me and it's hot out he does not drink. It's where I got my idea actually.

    So what do you think? If I eat normal and only drink on days where I expend excess water (running, weight lifting etc) will it kill me/harm me?
    "Live Free or Die"

  • #2
    From what I understand, the more water you drink, the less likely you are to retain it.

    I would think limiting water would cause you to retain it even more, but I don't honestly know.
    Durp.

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    • #3
      Worth an experiment, but everything I read says its excess carbs that make you hold water. If you're just looking to see your abs, maybe a bodybuilder-type pre-contest dehydration is in order.

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      • #4
        See now that is what I have always heard but like I said I drink alot of liquids a day. Easily over a gallon a day. Not because I'm even thirsty really. I just like to drink stuff as weird as that sounds. If I am watching TV I don't snack, I sip water or something. I can certainly not drink something without some OCD break down (I haven't had one since yesterday at noon) I just enjoy it.
        "Live Free or Die"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RezH View Post
          Worth an experiment, but everything I read says its excess carbs that make you hold water. If you're just looking to see your abs, maybe a bodybuilder-type pre-contest dehydration is in order.

          The problem is I want to see my abs year round like Martin from Leangains. I mean hell I earned them I want to see them lol.
          "Live Free or Die"

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          • #6
            I would assume there is some other underlying reason you are retaining water other than because you drink too much. Maybe look at sodium intake or something else. I wouldn't think the ideal solution would be to drink less water. The more you drink the less you should retain.
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            HDL: 40
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            • #7
              Go back to high school biology. Your body can only survive I believe up to a week without water. Not such a smart move.
              Georgette

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              • #8
                I am very low sodium. I do low carbs on non training days (under 50), moderate cabs on training days (under 100), and one refeed day a week which is on my last training day off the week (250 grams). The water retention has been just about a life long thing so I know it isn't from the refeeds which I just started doing about 2 months ago or so.
                "Live Free or Die"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by geostump View Post
                  Go back to high school biology. Your body can only survive I believe up to a week without water. Not such a smart move.
                  Well yes the title of the thread was bold to get people to read the thread but essentially I would only not be drinking on non training days or days where I do not expend much fluid. I would still drink some water If I went for a run and sweat alot.
                  "Live Free or Die"

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                  • #10
                    Doesn't make sense that drinking water is the reason for bloatiing/water retention. I'd instead try to raise overall carbs for a week or two and see hwo that goes. Being LC makes me retain water. I assume you've read the Leangains article on water retention, he talks about the "woosh" effect of carbing up, so perhaps being moderate carb rather than up/down works best once you're that lean?

                    I'd sooner give my suggestion a try than not drinking liquids, it doesn't add up.
                    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                    • #11
                      I would strongly caution you against doing this. Lack of hydration affects every cell, organ, and system in your body. Think migraines, kidney damage, etc. I can understand wanting to see the muscles you worked so hard for, but in the end? so not worth it imo. There has to be another way. Have you seen your doc?

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                      • #12
                        Are you taking any medications?
                        Many meds will cause water retention.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lily Marie View Post
                          Are you taking any medications?
                          Many meds will cause water retention.
                          And in addition to that, dehydration or dramatically reducing your usual water/liquid intake can really wreak havoc with your blood levels of different meds

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                          • #14
                            You are going to dehydrate yourself so you can see your abs at all times? I mean, ah....I got nothing. Go for it. Different strokes for different folks, right.

                            Worst that can happen is excruciating death from dehydration, and the upside is that you look skinnier when you take cell phone pics of yourself in the bathroom. Easy choice!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                              You are going to dehydrate yourself so you can see your abs at all times? I mean, ah....I got nothing. Go for it. Different strokes for different folks, right.

                              Worst that can happen is excruciating death from dehydration, and the upside is that you look skinnier when you take cell phone pics of yourself in the bathroom. Easy choice!
                              Best post on this topic, ever.


                              Your estrogen levels might be high too. You could get those checked, but most doctors are completely useless when they do get the number back anyway.
                              As your testosterone levels go up (lose bodyfat, eat saturated fat, weight lift) so does your estrogen (it's converted in the liver) and your body will retain water if you excess estrogen. At least that's true for men.
                              Instead of not drinking (chopping off the nose despite the face IMO) try taking some dandelion root and extra B vitamins (if you don't get enough from your diet) and see how it goes. It usually works for me when I hold onto some water.
                              People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.

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