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Steatorrhea from radically reducing fiber intake?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 05, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I don't really follow a true paleo diet, but I do have a diet very high in fat. Anyways about a week ago I went on an ultra low carb diet (I had about 6 g of carbs per day) I consumed very little fiber maybe about 3 g. Prior to this I took about 1 tablespoon of psyllium per day and I would eat spinach and sweet potatoes quite regularly. I was probably taking in over 30 g of fiber per day. Since eliminating all this fiber I at first was constipated for a few days, then I developed steatorrhea in addition to small bowel movements. I had a carb up with sweet potatoes and bananas and the steatorrhea went away the day after, but now it is back even though I made an effort to consume a large amount of vegetables.

I want to note that I have been on a high fat diet for about 9 months and never had a problem, but I have always taken in a lot fiber in addition to the fat. Did taking a lot of fiber out of my system shock it? How can I fix it?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 06, 2012
at 12:57 AM

I imagine your gut flora got out of whack when you eliminated most of your fiber. Some good gut bacteria need certain types of fiber to survive.

Try some probiotics and/or fermented foods and keep eating a reasonable amount of veggies (but no psyllium or excessive fiber!) It will probably sort itself out in a few weeks, unless you have an underlying health issue.

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on December 14, 2012
at 02:25 AM

I found it took a good two weeks of transition from vlc to zero carb to feel absolutely normal and wonderful. During the period I suffered some major bowel issues but T.M.I.

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on December 13, 2012
at 11:24 PM

i experience steatorrhea when i eat too much fat AND/OR too much fiber. it's difficult for me to find a balance. i also don't think too much fiber is a good thing.

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on November 01, 2012
at 09:07 PM

ease into your new eating habits by slowly reducing fiber. let your body get used to your new patterns. go back to what was working and slowly transition to VLC

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