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Low Carb Infrequent Bowel Movements

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 04, 2012 at 12:08 AM

I have been low carb/paleo for a few months now and I seem to be pooping pretty infrequently. I would say about once every 1.5 to 2 days.. maybe longer. Am I constipated? I don't feel like I have to use the bathroom at all... just don't need to. Is my body just absorbing a lot of the nutrients leaving little waste left over? Let me know what you guys think. Boom.

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 05, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Thanks. Lol no I am not fat phobic, I don't give a sceond thought to eating lamb necks, spare ribs. Merely saying that there are many ways to skin a (paleo) cat and not eating high fat is one of them. People are different, if there is 'consensus' it is heavily dependent on context...

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on November 05, 2012
at 01:36 AM

You don't sound constipated to me. When I went zero-carb, I started going only every other or even third day. No constipation, no discomfort of any kind. Just not a lotta poop. If you feel okay, you're probably okay.

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on November 04, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Here's one source: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/question-of-macronutrient-ratios/ Are you fat-phobic? Took me a while to warm up to eating whole/multiple eggs, butter, and the like until I started doing so and consequently seeing results. 65% is what PDL suggests, but generally, *healthy* fats should be 50%+ of your daily caloric intake.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 04, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Where is this general paleo consensus?

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

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on November 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Treat yourself to fatty cuts of meat (or fish) a few times a week. Cook your meats, veggies, eggs in plenty of butter or coconut oil. General paleo consensus re: macronutrients states that approximately 65% of your daily calories should be in the form of fat. As far as your original question goes, know that fat helps, er, keep things moving.

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on November 04, 2012
at 02:02 AM

this may be helpful "Causes and Cures for Constipation" http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/04/causes-and-cures-for-constipation/

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on November 04, 2012
at 02:01 AM

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/04/causes-and-cures-for-constipation/

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on November 04, 2012
at 12:49 AM

I guess I should look more into fat huh? I just eat meat and vegetables. Don't really pay attention to fat amounts just yet. Any good info?

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532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

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on November 05, 2012
at 03:04 AM

I found this very worrying when I first made the switch, but now I've been paleo for a while and I still have less-frequent bowel movements than I used to, but I feel fine. It occurs to me that I eat less fiber and other fillers now, and just plain don't create as much waste. I look to my dog (who eats a raw-meat diet), and he goes once a day, sometimes every other day, and seems no worse for the wear. Think about how you feel. Are you feeling plugged, or do you feel fine, and just go to the toilet less?

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235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

on November 04, 2012
at 12:28 AM

I think a lot of folks are going to end up suggesting more fat: more animal fat, more grass-fed butter/ghee, more coconut oil, more olive oil, more avocados. Approximately how much fat do you eat on an average day?

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 04, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Where is this general paleo consensus?

296b837795beec2ea6bfe5598e773a7e

(354)

on November 04, 2012
at 12:49 AM

I guess I should look more into fat huh? I just eat meat and vegetables. Don't really pay attention to fat amounts just yet. Any good info?

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

(564)

on November 04, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Here's one source: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/question-of-macronutrient-ratios/ Are you fat-phobic? Took me a while to warm up to eating whole/multiple eggs, butter, and the like until I started doing so and consequently seeing results. 65% is what PDL suggests, but generally, *healthy* fats should be 50%+ of your daily caloric intake.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on November 05, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Thanks. Lol no I am not fat phobic, I don't give a sceond thought to eating lamb necks, spare ribs. Merely saying that there are many ways to skin a (paleo) cat and not eating high fat is one of them. People are different, if there is 'consensus' it is heavily dependent on context...

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

(564)

on November 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Treat yourself to fatty cuts of meat (or fish) a few times a week. Cook your meats, veggies, eggs in plenty of butter or coconut oil. General paleo consensus re: macronutrients states that approximately 65% of your daily calories should be in the form of fat. As far as your original question goes, know that fat helps, er, keep things moving.

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on November 04, 2012
at 12:13 AM

I noticed the same thing when I started eating a bunch of steak for a few days, after a day or two I had a regular bowel movement though, and just figured that my body must just be using what I'm eating.

As long as you don't feel constipated you are fine.

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on November 05, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Perhaps going low carb uncovers low thyroid which can lead to constipation. Do you have any other symptoms?

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on November 05, 2012
at 12:37 AM

I think you're fine. But if you want to get things moving, I find that just one or two prunes is all it takes now.

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