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Current & former zero carbers- how did little/no fiber impact your bowel habits?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 04, 2011 at 12:38 AM

I realize there are a couple somewhat similar questions out there. For this question, I am less concerned with actual facts or the merits of fiber consumption- I want to hear more anecdotal personal accounts from people who consume little/no fiber.

Did it speed up/slow down intestinal transit time? Change bowel movement frequency? I have a tendency towards being a tad "sluggish"... I pretty much have to make a concerted effort to ensure one good daily movement, usually in the morning before eating anything. I feel like if I don't go one day, it's even harder to go the next. Sometime, say when I am traveling, it can get to be a real nuisance.

I never get that "oh man I gotta go NOW" feeling like I used to. I want it back haha!!

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on September 28, 2011
at 01:49 PM

@Namby Pamby : just curious, but why do you think ZC will make constipation worse?

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on May 30, 2011
at 01:32 AM

So you're in a constant state of ketosis. Lucky since some of us are burdened by constipation when donig VLC. In fact, I would like to do zero carb or VLC but can't because of the constipation issue. Need some moisturein my colon.

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on May 30, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Exactly my experience. Starch will add moisture to the colon and obviates the need for straining.

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on April 05, 2011
at 02:05 AM

Well, nobody's complained. Seriously, I think it's fine. I'm one of the lucky ones, I guess, in that I never suffered from ketone breath or low energy or any of that stuff that hits people in induction. All the bennies, none of the costs. I do know some people don't fare as well, which is why I'm not as evangelical about zero-carb as some other folks who eat this wya.

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An aside - How's your breath??

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on April 04, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I've been zero-carb since September 2009, so a few months shy of two years, except for a brief (3 week, maybe?) foray into veggies around Thanksgiving in 2010. My experience is that bowel movements are much easier and quicker when zero-carb, even compared to very low-carb. I do eat a pretty high-fat diet (65-75% of calories as fat, last time I did the numbers), so that may have some bearing. Sometimes I skip a day, and that doesn't seem to be a problem at all. Mostly I'd say the absence of fiber results in an absence of bulk in the stool, and an absence of gas -- seriously, no farting, ever. :)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on April 05, 2011
at 02:05 AM

Well, nobody's complained. Seriously, I think it's fine. I'm one of the lucky ones, I guess, in that I never suffered from ketone breath or low energy or any of that stuff that hits people in induction. All the bennies, none of the costs. I do know some people don't fare as well, which is why I'm not as evangelical about zero-carb as some other folks who eat this wya.

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on April 04, 2011
at 04:22 PM

An aside - How's your breath??

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on May 30, 2011
at 01:32 AM

So you're in a constant state of ketosis. Lucky since some of us are burdened by constipation when donig VLC. In fact, I would like to do zero carb or VLC but can't because of the constipation issue. Need some moisturein my colon.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on September 28, 2011
at 01:49 PM

@Namby Pamby : just curious, but why do you think ZC will make constipation worse?

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:57 PM

For me, my bowels were looser for a few weeks, then normalized.

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on April 04, 2011
at 01:31 PM

Early on in following LC I was troubled with constipation. After reading Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet I added in some starch (up to 1/2 cup of white rice or potato)several times a week. The starch made my bowel efforts easier and more regular because it stimulates mucus production in the colon. I also eat a small salad several times a week which adds some bulk to my stool. I hope things work out for you. I've never felt better and have been eating LC high Fat for about 6 months.

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on May 30, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Exactly my experience. Starch will add moisture to the colon and obviates the need for straining.

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on April 04, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Depends wholly on the amount of fat content in my diet. For a few weeks I actually bothered with fitday and logging to get a general idea of where my breakdown was. When I exceeded 70% of my daily calories from fat, I would go twice a day and the onset was pretty sudden... "OMG TIME TO CRAP!"

However, under that ratio and still keeping carbohydrates at 10-12% of daily intake, and I would get a "heavy" feeling in my low gut, that would be exacerbated by a cup of coffee or a big meal... that would let me know about an hour ahead of time that I needed to poppasquat soon.

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on April 04, 2011
at 02:19 AM

I ate literally zero plant matter for three months. Before that I was WAP for three years and then paleo for about six months just so you know. I had a morning bowel movement every day of the three months, no worries. They were indeed smaller I think. Makes sense I guess, I was exercising a lot and pretty active. Meaning that I think my body just absorbed more of the animal product and had less waste material. Never had a single problem. I did eat a good amount of fat,usually animal fat and coconut oil. At times I did a lot of butter on shrimp and I had a bit of steatoria. Wasn't the end of the world, though.

I do NOT recommend eating solely animal products for times longer than a few days, though. Just so we're clear. Any athletic endeavor you engage in will prolly suffer. Even being a longtime fat-burner. I haven't been a sugar-burner in years but carbs are stillcarbs and fuel athletic endeavor very well.

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