A friend of mine asked me this question yesterday evening while we were rolerblading in the park.
I know that carbs cause water retention, but I want to know something... When you eat a very high carb diet (60-80%), is the water retention caused in the muscle cells or is it subcutaneous? Does it make your muscles look fuller or does it make you bloat up?
He wants to know because he's been eating a helluva lot more candy that he usually does over the past three days or so (but keeping his total cals under maintenance... I checked his diet), and he's getting scared that he may be fattening up. I'm telling him it might be water retention, and that I'd do some research (ie: Asking you guys! )
The guy is a lot like me in terms of BF % (I'm at 15.7%)... He may be a little higher (16.5-17%). I haven't asked lately.
Thread: Carbs & water retention...