0

votes

Skinny guy with digestive issues

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Paleo has been helping me get back on track physically. I have more energy, better appetite, more regular bowel movements, my skin is improving, my mind seems sharper. I even gained a few pounds. I'm pretty satisfied and I haven't even gone all-in just yet!

So, without becoming too obsessive over my diet (not that I'm not already) how would you suggest a thin person looking to maintain or even gain some weight go about all this? I'm looking to kind of re-boot my approach. This is about feeling good above all else. I've felt crappy most of my life. I've been constipated and uncomfortable, bloated and irritable, etc... but things are looking up!

So far I've basically cut out wheat and most grains (still use rice) and I've GREATLY increased fat consumption. I eat lots of potatoes and carrots. I've always ate lots of fruit and veggies but I'm shifting it more to veggies now. I eat lots of steamed broccoli and cauliflower loaded with butter. Lets see... I have also gone nuts for coconuts! Coconut cream by the can, coconut oil, coconut chips, coconut everything! I sometimes worry it's too much, but I still balance my diet so it should be okay.

I don't want to over-write like I tend to so I'll leave it at that and see what you have to say.

TYIA

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on September 06, 2013
at 02:14 PM

Finally, it might be better to go slowly anyway because your gallbladder would need time to adjust to the higher fat.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on September 06, 2013
at 02:12 PM

Eggs I limit to one or two per day. I stick to 95% animal fats and proteins. Tons of plant fats and meats don't seem to 'jive' with ketosis. The other thing that helped me was some raw fats and proteins. I also was used to a very high carb diet. I grew up on carbs. My metabolism and digestion was very screwed up. I had to ease into it. I went from 150 grams of carbs per day for a few weeks, to 100, to 50, and eventually to 4. I had to have a long adaption period because I had to be very active at my job.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on September 06, 2013
at 02:03 PM

If you really are considering ketosis I have alot to say about it! I experimented alot and what people generally say to eat in ketosis I've found to be completely wrong for me, so if you have any questions feel free to email [email protected] Basically I ate almost nothing but saturated animal fats like tallow and butter. Pork, chicken, fish are way too polyunsaturated. And I avoided tons of plant oils too, including olive and coconut. Everyone should be eating low pufa, but it's more more noticeable on keto, because you already have 4-8 grams of pufas if you eat nothing but tallow all day.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 06:56 PM

Thanks. I'm trying to get my body back to accepting milk. I love whole milk but a while back cut out dairy thinking it was the root of my problems. Now I've lost my enzymes. I can still handle yogurt and I'm trying to get my body to accept whole milk again. I am eating lots of macadamia nuts but they're too expensive to make into butter and I find that I feel much better when avoiding the nuts higher in PUFA's, phytic acids, and other antinutrients.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on September 04, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Try incorporating nut butters (if you can handle) nuts, or raw whole milk dairy (if you can tolerate dairy)--dairy is so good for putting on weight and the liquid form makes it easier to consume more calories than the fork and knife method. Fat and Carbs will be your best friends.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:23 PM

That's an interesting story. While I'm experimenting, I've considered trying a ketogenic diet. I think 4 grams is lower than I'm willing to go but I'll take it under advisement. I grew up an a carb-rich diet so I have to wonder if my body will be okay with a VLC Diet.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:20 PM

Also, I'm considering swapping some veggies back out for the fruit. It seems my bowels handle fruit better than veggies... any thoughts?

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:19 PM

I try to keep my carbs in balance but eat a LOT more of them than your average Paleo eater. Less than before going Paleo, but then I get a ton of fat in my diet now and could never fit this many calories into my relatively small stomach before. When I tried counting calories for the first time ever, even with a lot of fat, I find it hard to get even enough. I get full easily, but my digestive system is repairing now that I don't eat wheat, avoid PUFA's, and generally eat better.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:17 PM

Unfortunately I don't. Foraging for my own wild chestnuts (it sounds like that's what you're suggesting) sounds extremely fulfilling and very healthy. I could always buy them by the bucket at the store though.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:13 PM

Thanks, I've been doing some daily body-weight and cardio stuff in my apartment but just yesterday i got back to the weight training for the first time in a few months. Felt good and I think it's something my body needs to function correctly. Might also make me look better ;-)

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on September 03, 2013
at 11:56 PM

but he said that he is transitioning to eating more vegetables...I read the post.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on September 03, 2013
at 10:57 PM

He said he eats rice, potatoes and carrots.

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

6 Answers

2
Medium avatar

(10663)

on September 03, 2013
at 10:57 PM

I can relate because I too used Paleo as a vehicle to gain weight after an eating disorder. I was constantly eating, probably every two hours. My calorie intake was at least 3500 a day (which is a lot for a 5'3" female). I gained weight in no time but also tested my cholesterol and they were amazing.

You sound like you're very optimistic about this way of eating and all I can say is to keep doing what you're doing! Oh but if you aren't already, do some weight training and you should be good.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:13 PM

Thanks, I've been doing some daily body-weight and cardio stuff in my apartment but just yesterday i got back to the weight training for the first time in a few months. Felt good and I think it's something my body needs to function correctly. Might also make me look better ;-)

1
Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on September 04, 2013
at 11:32 AM

Do you lift heavy things?

The main stuff is to eat substantially, get good starches (spuds) and nice portions of good quality meat in on a daily basis and make sure you're pushing yourself physically. If you are an ectomorph, you won't gain much mass any other way.

1
2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

on September 04, 2013
at 05:47 AM

Everyone here is going to say up the carbs, especially starch. However, I gained weight on a very very low carb diet with about 4 grams of carbs per day. The less carbs I ate, the better everything in my body worked. I eat some meat raw, lots of raw fats, lots of boiled meats, I hate frying now, something always leeches into the meat from the pan and makes it taste bad. I eat gelatinous meats for the GLYCINE. Also I completely avoid pork, chicken and fish. The saturated fat is what you want to gain weight and have energy. I also took lots of acidophilus and bifido (these in particular cause I found some cultured foods made me have carb cravings, while acidophilus and bifido never made me crave carbs ever). Over time my appetite became better and better until I developed a ravenous appetite for meats and fats. I think the acidophilus really helped with my appetite.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:23 PM

That's an interesting story. While I'm experimenting, I've considered trying a ketogenic diet. I think 4 grams is lower than I'm willing to go but I'll take it under advisement. I grew up an a carb-rich diet so I have to wonder if my body will be okay with a VLC Diet.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on September 06, 2013
at 02:12 PM

Eggs I limit to one or two per day. I stick to 95% animal fats and proteins. Tons of plant fats and meats don't seem to 'jive' with ketosis. The other thing that helped me was some raw fats and proteins. I also was used to a very high carb diet. I grew up on carbs. My metabolism and digestion was very screwed up. I had to ease into it. I went from 150 grams of carbs per day for a few weeks, to 100, to 50, and eventually to 4. I had to have a long adaption period because I had to be very active at my job.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on September 06, 2013
at 02:14 PM

Finally, it might be better to go slowly anyway because your gallbladder would need time to adjust to the higher fat.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on September 06, 2013
at 02:03 PM

If you really are considering ketosis I have alot to say about it! I experimented alot and what people generally say to eat in ketosis I've found to be completely wrong for me, so if you have any questions feel free to email [email protected] Basically I ate almost nothing but saturated animal fats like tallow and butter. Pork, chicken, fish are way too polyunsaturated. And I avoided tons of plant oils too, including olive and coconut. Everyone should be eating low pufa, but it's more more noticeable on keto, because you already have 4-8 grams of pufas if you eat nothing but tallow all day.

1
718fd304d7abab150730638bf2be5153

(184)

on September 03, 2013
at 11:10 PM

If you live in the northern hemisphere, Autumn is soon upon us. In a month or so, you may be able to find tons of chestnuts if you have a forest not very far from your home.

Grilled chestnuts are tasty and full of vitamins and carbs. Plus you get to walk, which often helps with digestion issues, and be in a natural environment, which reduces irritability and stress.

It's not all about food: consider how you move and live.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:17 PM

Unfortunately I don't. Foraging for my own wild chestnuts (it sounds like that's what you're suggesting) sounds extremely fulfilling and very healthy. I could always buy them by the bucket at the store though.

0
Medium avatar

on September 04, 2013
at 03:25 PM

This is nice. Everyone here has answered constructively. Looking forward to more feedback and thanks to you who have given your input.

0
B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

on September 03, 2013
at 10:28 PM

Why are you shifting your diet toward more veggies? If you are looking to put on weight or even maintain, you should increase your carb intake or maintain it.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on September 03, 2013
at 11:56 PM

but he said that he is transitioning to eating more vegetables...I read the post.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on September 04, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Try incorporating nut butters (if you can handle) nuts, or raw whole milk dairy (if you can tolerate dairy)--dairy is so good for putting on weight and the liquid form makes it easier to consume more calories than the fork and knife method. Fat and Carbs will be your best friends.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 06:56 PM

Thanks. I'm trying to get my body back to accepting milk. I love whole milk but a while back cut out dairy thinking it was the root of my problems. Now I've lost my enzymes. I can still handle yogurt and I'm trying to get my body to accept whole milk again. I am eating lots of macadamia nuts but they're too expensive to make into butter and I find that I feel much better when avoiding the nuts higher in PUFA's, phytic acids, and other antinutrients.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on September 03, 2013
at 10:57 PM

He said he eats rice, potatoes and carrots.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:19 PM

I try to keep my carbs in balance but eat a LOT more of them than your average Paleo eater. Less than before going Paleo, but then I get a ton of fat in my diet now and could never fit this many calories into my relatively small stomach before. When I tried counting calories for the first time ever, even with a lot of fat, I find it hard to get even enough. I get full easily, but my digestive system is repairing now that I don't eat wheat, avoid PUFA's, and generally eat better.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:20 PM

Also, I'm considering swapping some veggies back out for the fruit. It seems my bowels handle fruit better than veggies... any thoughts?

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!