I'm training my wife (remotely, she's in the US and I'm emigrating next month). She's no stranger to weights but had major issues with, what we thought, was body fat increase on a restricted diet.
Won't go into details as I've posted this before and got some good advice and this is a follow up. So, after doing some digging I am really starting to suspect that it's not so much body fat as water retention! She went though a divorce, had a few years of bad sleep, then noticed some body changes and started doing fairly harsh diets like keto mixed with IF but very sporadic training. The 'weight' kept going up.
So I got the living shit flamed out of me for having a lying cake-eating fat wife, until one day someone suggested it was water. She had an enlarged thyroid nodule once and I was already looking into low thyroid levels and just recently found out that water retention can occur with low T3. She has puffy bags under her eyes and overall her face and neck looks slightly puffy.
So I'm wondering if any women, or anyone has trained women who have had this, and, what's best to do about it?
*presently she's bodybuidling 3-4 days per week, eats well, takes BCAAs and protein supps etc. trying to build mass before a cut later on.