How to avoid ketosis, with VLC diet due to candida

Answered on November 29, 2017
Created November 24, 2017 at 4:35 PM

I've lost too much weight recently due to digestive problems (severe bloating, intestinal soreness, lack of appetite, bad digestion etc) which seem to be candida and who knows what kind of dysbiosis. I was at my good weight before the problems started. So I went on a strict VLC diet which made me feel a lot better in the gut, but it made me lose more weight and apparently go into ketosis... now I'm definitely underweight and the lack of energy may be making my recovery slower. How can I avoid ketosis and also avoid carbs?

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on November 29, 2017
at 09:43 PM

Thanks, sharperhawk. Since I posted that question I've gone back on white rice and more higher-carb veggies, and I feel much better already (I did VLC for 2 months). Much more energy and brain clarity... my brain was clearly starved for glucose. I think the VLC diet is dangerous, actually. I'm going for the PHD version of paleo. I'm not convinced ketosis is anything anyone would want to be playing around with.... anyway I know it's not for me, a nasty experience.

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on November 28, 2017
at 10:43 PM

I got into a similar situation. I went low carb because of digestive difficulties. I don't think it's a long-term solution. Part of the problem is that a healthy gut requires plenty of movement between the stomach and the colon. Food bulk helps. Eating too few calories hurts because the body slows down less critical systems. There is also the problem that starving gut microbiota triggers them to start eating the intestinal mucus layer, which protects the GI tract. (Carbs are necessary to make more mucus.) I would suggest being less restrictive, eating more food - both in terms of bulk and calories - and doing plenty of walking or other slow movement.

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