What is the Whoosh Effect and How Can it Help You Lose Weight?
If you saw the Whoosh Effect online, you probably also saw that it seems a little magical.
If you’re trying to or currently are losing weight, you know it’s like a roller coaster. You have a pound or two loss two weeks in a row then BAM—nothing. Or even worse—you gain weight.
What the what?
Well, when you lose weight, your body is going through a ton of biochemical processes. So, you can’t expect x amount of pounds in x amount of time. It doesn’t work that way.
But one thing we have found out is that plateaus happen, weight loss stalls, but then suddenly, for no apparent reason—you lose a bunch of pounds..
Enter: The Whoosh Effect.
What is the Whoosh Effect?
Recall where fat goes when you lose it. Did you read our blog on it? Spoiler alert: We breathe it out.
But, what does the body do with the extra space once fat is expelled?
Well, you might hate your body for this….your body replaces it with water.
Yeah, you retain water in your body which makes you THINK you didn’t lose weight, but you did. Your body is just messing with you.
Well, as they learned in the Minnesota “Starvation” Study, research shows when the body is subject to prolonged periods of reduced caloric intake, the body increases cortisol levels. Increased cortisol levels cause increased water retention.
This is your body’s way of preparing for survival. Don’t you wish you could write it a note? Like, CHILL OUT BODY, We’re not dying!
But you can’t.
How does all of this relate to the Whoosh Effect? Well, when you suddenly release that water your stubborn body is holding onto, BAM! The scale moves. Usually with 3 or more pounds lost.
But, how do you know if you’re about to have a Whoosh Effect?
Symptoms You Need the Whoosh Effect
If you’re patient, it’ll happen naturally. If you want to know if that is the reason the scale is going up then you’ll likely be experiencing one or all of these.
- With diet and exercise you haven’t lost weight in weeks.
- You’ve gained a pound or two of weight.
- You’re urinating more.
- You feel jiggly in certain areas (water retention can make areas jiggle).
Usually these are signs you’re retaining water. And if you wait long enough—WHOOSH, the weight will drop.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could control the Whoosh Effect?
What if we told you that you CAN?
How to Force the Whoosh Effect
So we know cortisol can raise water retention and we know cortisol is released in response to stress.
The answer on controlling the Whoosh effect is eat more, move less.
Yes, there are two major contributors to water retention:
You’re eating too little.
You’re exercising too much.
In the Minnesota Starvation Study, the Whoosh Effect was compelled by eating a ‘cheat meal’. So, you can save one meal a week to treat yourself to extra calories. When you do this, the body is like “Oh…so we’re NOT starving? Cool.” And then it releases the water and the scale drops.
Another way is less exercise. Cardio and excessive weight lifting increases cortisol levels. So, take a day off, or reduce your time exercising.
It’s THAT simple. You can even stave off water retention by eating a cheat meal once a week and revamping your training.
And WHOOSH! You’re back on track losing weight like you want.
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