I've been consuming electrolytes before and after sports disolved into water without sugar.

Can electrolytes in high volume make you gain weight?

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    How do so many upvote this without any close flags? It's pretty much straight nutrition advice. – JohnP Jul 30 '13 at 14:55
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    The electrolyte drinks are sold to people to replenish workouts. Maybe just rephrase the question - "Can the no/low calorie electrolyte sports drinks I digest after working out make me fat?" – DMoore Jul 30 '13 at 15:40
  • Additionally, electrolytes really have no calories. All calories in sports drinks come from some form of sugar, usually maltodextrin or similar. – JohnP Jul 31 '13 at 15:10

You are drinking flavored salt water. If it has no calories it can't make you fat but it can make you feel bloated.


Mayo clinic references too much sodium can lead to water retention. So maybe in the short term it could make you retain a percent of an ounce of water in your system. Not fat but maybe feeling fat and maybe weighing (slightly) more on a scale the next day.

  • Yep. To be clear, it increases weight but not fat. – Berin Loritsch Jul 30 '13 at 12:18
  • Well the actual weight gain is... it depends. If your body is already storing a lot of water weight it will be null or very minimal. Also an active person will sweat out a ton of salt. Drinking 16 ounces of water will make you gain 16 ounces. I know we are talking semantics but I do not count water weight as weight. If you sit in a sauna for an hour to drop 5 pounds, fitness-wise you have lost no weight. – DMoore Jul 30 '13 at 17:07
  • The average gym goer usually considers gaining and losing weight as movement on the scale. While water weight is only of real concern to athletes who have to make a weight class, too many people only use a scale to measure progress and don't consider where the weight gain or loss is from. – Berin Loritsch Jul 30 '13 at 17:12
  • @BerinLoritsch I believe you are 100% correct. But it is the informed job to dispel those myths/issues. If you drink less water to lose weight then your body will automatically try to store more water when it gets hydrated. – DMoore Jul 30 '13 at 17:17
  • And speaking from experience - I had to make weight for years when boxing. I drank a minimum of 200 ounces of fluids a day. The only time we drank less was 1 day before weigh-ins if we were close to not making weight. – DMoore Jul 30 '13 at 17:26

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