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Old 04-23-2004, 03:06 PM   #1
Paul Kayley
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Can anyone advise me on the best way, if any, to differentiate between subcutaneous fat and subcutaneous water retention? I heard a bodybuilder explaining that there was a difference in 'feel', water being smoother and fat feeling more "bobbily"!?
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:06 PM   #2
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I've heard from a bodybuilder that if you can pull the area in question away from the body and it snaps back quickly with a jiggle that you are holding water. Beyond that I don't know. You could drop down your carbs and see if it goes away. A while back Rob suggested B-6 and Cornsilk for a strong diuretic effect; if you really wanted to know, this would be a way to find out.

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Old 04-24-2004, 01:24 AM   #3
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Thanks Jay, you tried the B6 and Cornsilk?
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Old 04-24-2004, 05:49 AM   #4
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I did, though I ended up switching to dandelion instead of cornsilk. I am allergic to corn and I guess the stalk also poses a problem for me as my throat closed up and it was hard to swallow after drinking the cornsilk. That worked pretty well though - the dandelion and B-6. Remember to take a B complex along with the B-6 to keep "balance."

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Old 04-24-2004, 05:57 AM   #5
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Paul, bodybuilders are forever noticing / imagining things like this, when they are not busy being fascinated by reflective glass.

With some trial and error, you might be able to find some skinfolds that grow more with water retention. For example, you might find that your back-of-the tricep skinfold increases more from water retention than fat, compared to your abdominal skinfold.

Be careful with diuretics, even mild ones. I wonder if the B6 and cornsilk spares potassium.
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Old 04-24-2004, 08:27 AM   #6
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Paul, I posted on this subject a while back. Here is an article on what you are talking about:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/water.htm

Interesting stuff. I had the same situation as you, and what worked great for me was sitting in the sauna for around 7 minutes and then dumping half a gallon cold water on me all at once! My skinfold on the supraliac and abdomen went down by 2mm in a matter of a few days! it was water for sure. I also cut down my salt intake dramatically, and drank lots of water. Read the article. It's what I did, except for the tanning.

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Old 04-25-2004, 12:53 AM   #7
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How does creatine affect water retention?
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Old 04-25-2004, 04:46 AM   #8
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Thanks Roy, some interesting reading there. Easy to miss the obvious sometimes!
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Old 04-28-2004, 04:14 PM   #9
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"Preparation H - It's not just for asses anymore.":lol:



That's classic.

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