Is the Whoosh Effect Real? The Science Behind It
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That’s because the concept behind the “whoosh” effect emerged from social sites like Reddit and some wellness blogs.
In this article, you can read about what exactly is the whoosh effect and if there’s any truth to it. We also share some healthy approaches to eating and reaching your weight goal along the way.
They believe this can have an effect that you can see on and feel in your body. Keto dieters say the fat on their body feels jiggly or soft to the touch.
The concept of the whoosh effect is if you stay on the diet long enough, your cells start to release all the water and fat they’ve built up.
When this process begins, this is called the “whoosh” effect. (We suppose like the sound of water leaving the cells?)
Once all that water leaves, your body, and skin supposedly, feels firmer and it appears as though you’ve lost weight.
Diarrhea is rarely a positive symptom. It can significantly dehydrate your body. It also robs your body of nutrients because your body doesn’t have enough time to digest them.
Let’s go ahead and dispel the myth — the whoosh effect isn’t real. It’s likely the result of some internet folks trying to keep people on the keto diet or who believe they’ve seen this process occur in their bodies.
But don’t just take our word for it that the whoosh effect isn’t real. Let’s take a look at the science.
The science behind the diet
It’s primarily recommended for children whose seizures have not responded well to medications.
How the diet works
They need to eat a low enough amount of carbohydrates to keep the body running on fat and a high enough amount of fat to fuel it.
Why the whoosh effect isn’t real
Here’s the science behind why the whoosh effect isn’t an accurate one. Essentially, those who support the whoosh effect concept are describing two processes:
- first, water weight loss
- second, fat loss
Ketosis causes the body to break down fat cells for energy. The components include:
- carbon dioxide
The rate at which your body breaks down these fat cells depends on how much energy your body uses in a day. This is the same calories in-calories out method that’s used in diets that include carbohydrates as well.
The second effect is that of water retention.
The kidneys mostly regulate the amount of water in the body. Sometimes, like when you’ve had a high-salt meal, you may feel a little more bloated or puffy than usual.
If you drink more water, you can usually “flush” the excess water from your system and feel less puffy.
We’ve already established that the whoosh effect isn’t real, so trying to trigger it isn’t a good idea.
Here’s an overview of what some people on the internet are saying about how to trigger this effect:
- On Reddit, one of the ways people say you can trigger the whoosh effect is to perform regular fasting, then eat a high-calorie “cheat meal.”
- Some blog sites say drinking alcohol the night before can help induce the whoosh effect due to alcohol’s diuretic effects. We certainly don’t recommend this.
- Others say typical fasting followed by eating according to the keto diet is enough to trigger the whoosh effect.
Basically, each of these approaches is aimed at dehydrating your body. While it may make you feel temporarily thinner, it’s not a lasting effect.
There are lots of different diet approaches out there, but every option doesn’t work for everyone. It’s important to evaluate if a diet is offering realistic, consistent results that you can maintain over time.
Some of the ways to do this include:
- Take a realistic approach to weight loss. Try to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds a week.
- Try to eat as healthy as possible and include foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Try to include whole food groups in your diet as often as you can.
- Try to focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as maintaining your energy and incorporating activities in your daily routine that help you feel good.
Getting healthy may require lifestyle changes because being healthy is about more than your waistline.
Try to focus on how you feel, including your mental and emotional well-being, in addition to your physical well-being. Opting for this approach can help you to achieve and to see greater long-term benefits.
Focusing on shortcuts and practices that don’t produce healthy results, like dehydrating the body, won’t help you achieve your goals of reaching a moderate weight and enjoying long-term health benefits.