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Bloating, Weight Gain, Inches Gained..WTF?

Answered on December 08, 2013
Created December 06, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Tomorrow will be my 30th day on paleo and about 4-5 days ago I started gaining weight and becoming bloated like crazy. I don't eat ANY dairy, legumes or grains, no sugar (except from the occasional piece of fruit and I really mean occasional---MAYBE once a week), I barely eat nuts---again, MAYBE once per week and I drink water. I take a multivitamin and B12 daily. My diet is mostly veggies but for breakfast I often have eggs. I eat bacon about once or twice per week, I eat beef about 3-4x per week and chicken the rest of the time. Also, the last two days I've had turkey. I don't eat anything from a box or a can, I don't "cheat" except for the occasional piece of cacao (90%). I felt great when I first started paleo, but the last week or so I've felt pretty awful. I feel more motivated than I was before starting, but now I get headaches every day, I'm always tired and when I try to workout I can't do anything even close to what I could do last month without feeling like I'm going to pass out. And yes, I stay hydrated. I've had an extensive blood panel done recently (I'm treating a VERY mild case of PCOS w/out insulin resistance) and every was normal including hormones, thyroid, testosterone/estrogen---you name it. My doctor said my blood work was "beautiful" and that I'm very healthy. I don't understand where this phantom bloating, weight gain and gain in inches all over my body is coming from all of a sudden. I was doing great, losing weight, no bloat in sight and literally woke up 5 lbs heavier than usual with a big ol' belly that just hasn't gone away. Please, PLEASE help!

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on December 08, 2013
at 03:48 AM

That's what I'm wondering, but like you I'm also unsure if that could cause the bloating and extra weight/inches. How long does it take for adverse reactions to things usually take?

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on December 08, 2013
at 03:33 AM

looks like you increased your coconut oil intake (from your comment below), tho not sure if that would totally explain the gain...may be, may be not?

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on December 08, 2013
at 02:53 AM

That's how my cramps used to be before paleo. Last month was my first paleo period and it was the shortest, lightest and easiest one I've ever had. My next period is due in about 10 days and this bloating has been going on for almost a week. I never bloat this bad prior to my period--I look like I have a high carb belly. It went from being almost flat to beach ball overnight

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on December 07, 2013
at 04:24 AM

I used to count calories when I was eating the SAD, but I don't anymore. But I know I'm not over eating. However, I can see now how I may have added too much fat too soon into my diet as recently I have really kicked up my usage of coconut oil.

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on December 07, 2013
at 04:22 AM

I found a DIY post about it and I'm gonna try it. I already have grassfed butter, I just need to pick up some cheese cloths. Thank you for the suggestion :)

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on December 07, 2013
at 04:20 AM

depends on the grocery store. Ghee is just clarified butter; the milk solids are gone. You can either do your own or order it online if you can't find it in a store.

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:30 AM

Try using some ghee or olive oil instead sometimes. Not in coffee, obviously, but ghee would probably work fantastically in pancakes or muffins.

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:24 AM

Drop it all altogether or just lighten up a bit? To give you an idea of how much I use it ill tell you how I use it: I grease the pan (several times during the cooking process with about 1/2 tsp) with everything I cook from eggs to veggies and meats, I use it in coffee/tea as a "creamer," whenever I make pancakes or muffins (occasionally) I use it and some days I use it as Chapstick.

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:21 AM

Nope, no stresses and nothing new happening

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:17 AM

Try dropping the coconut oil. YOu could be having a reaction from over use.

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on December 06, 2013
at 10:17 PM

have there been any changes to anything in your life/routine you can think of...diet, activity level, stress, job,...etc

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on December 08, 2013
at 11:58 AM

Surely it's just PMS if you're female and can be ignored and will pass.

Also you might just be going to catch a germ, a cold or sore throat so just get to bed very early each night, have naps, drink plenty of water and it may pass.

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on December 07, 2013
at 11:20 PM

What about your periods? I typically put on 2 to 3 kilos during the week before they start (water retention), up to 2 kilos overnight when I was on the SAD, down to 1 kilo overnight on Paleo.

I also become bloated, partly because I supplement with Mg during that week, and the first 2-3 days of my periods, to help with PMS.

I would like to try going through a whole cycle without any Mg, to see how the PMS is on a Paleo diet, but I am afraid my symptoms might interfere with work: the last time I forgot to take my Mg (up to the day my periods started, had just been too busy with work), the cramps were vile and I had to use a hot water bottle during the day!

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on December 08, 2013
at 02:53 AM

That's how my cramps used to be before paleo. Last month was my first paleo period and it was the shortest, lightest and easiest one I've ever had. My next period is due in about 10 days and this bloating has been going on for almost a week. I never bloat this bad prior to my period--I look like I have a high carb belly. It went from being almost flat to beach ball overnight

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on December 07, 2013
at 11:18 PM

What about your periods? I typically put on 2 to 3 kilos during the week before they start (water retention), up to 2 kilos overnight when I was on the SAD, down to 1 kilo overnight on Paleo.

I also become bloated, partly because I supplement with Mg during that week, and the first 2-3 days of my periods, to help with PMS.

I would like to try going through a whole cycle without any Mg, to see how the PMS is on a Paleo diet, but I am afraid my symptoms might interfere with work: the last time I forgot to take my Mg (up to the day my periods started, had just been too busy with work), the cramps were vile and I had to use a hot water bottle during the day!

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:54 AM

Are you tracking your calories? Calories do matter. When I started on paleo 2 years ago, I gained weight because I was just gorging on fat (and other issues too). Now my body has adjusted so I eat normal amounts of food, and I am losing weight.

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on December 07, 2013
at 04:24 AM

I used to count calories when I was eating the SAD, but I don't anymore. But I know I'm not over eating. However, I can see now how I may have added too much fat too soon into my diet as recently I have really kicked up my usage of coconut oil.

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:32 AM

I've never used it before, does it have a taste? Is it something I can find at a local grocery store or should I order it online?

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on December 07, 2013
at 04:22 AM

I found a DIY post about it and I'm gonna try it. I already have grassfed butter, I just need to pick up some cheese cloths. Thank you for the suggestion :)

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on December 07, 2013
at 04:20 AM

depends on the grocery store. Ghee is just clarified butter; the milk solids are gone. You can either do your own or order it online if you can't find it in a store.

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on December 06, 2013
at 10:28 PM

No, I haven't added any different veggies---I eat a lot of kale, spinach, bell peppers, onions and carrots. I'm still having regular bowel movements as well. One thing I forgot to add is that I use coconut oil for pretty much everything, but it's never caused an adverse reaction before so I don't know why it would now. Also, everything I eat is organic and with meats they're always grassfed/free range---all that good stuff. I'm so confused :-/

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:24 AM

Drop it all altogether or just lighten up a bit? To give you an idea of how much I use it ill tell you how I use it: I grease the pan (several times during the cooking process with about 1/2 tsp) with everything I cook from eggs to veggies and meats, I use it in coffee/tea as a "creamer," whenever I make pancakes or muffins (occasionally) I use it and some days I use it as Chapstick.

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:17 AM

Try dropping the coconut oil. YOu could be having a reaction from over use.

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on December 06, 2013
at 10:17 PM

did you add any different veggies or supplements?? i can't eat any raw veggies, cruciferous veggies, or leafy greens without having a huge, constipated gut.

are you still having bowel movements?

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