Stomach gurgling and "rock in the stomach" feeling on VLC - up the carbs, or push through it?

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Created May 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I've been pretty low carb (less than 30 net carbs per day) for the past week or so after being paleo for over 1.5 years. The past few days, I've had issues with a heavy feeling in the gut, almost like having a rock in it. Tonight, after I ate dinner (beef brisket, eggs with mushrooms, and some roasted zucchini), I had a gurgling sensation in my stomach. Am I doing something wrong, or is this just an adjustment period? Should I consider investing in some digestive enzymes?

EDIT: I'm going VLC because I still have a spare tire of fat and loose skin around my gut, and I've had it for the past year. I'm going to extremes to try and get rid of it. I don't want to stay VLC forever, just until I can get rid of this unsightly flab. Were it not for the fat right there, I could wear a medium; as it is, I have to wear a large to keep my rolls from showing through.



on July 18, 2011
at 09:25 PM

adding muscle. when i went zeroplants my exercise was just spinning my wheels with kettlebells. I mean, i was in shape but i wasn't actively getting stronger. I thought that with just eating only animals i'd lean out. wrong. so i started lifting weights. ditched the zeroplants, too. now im lifting three times a week and eating a lot of tubers and animals.



on July 18, 2011
at 06:52 PM

@Ben - what eventually worked? I think I agree with your take on VLC.



on June 20, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Ill just comment that I did zero-plantmatter for over three months once. It was also just to really ice the cake, and super lean out. Last 3-4 pounds kind of thing. Did not work at all. I think LC/VLC is for the opposite; it's for getting rid of big chunks of weight related to metabolic disorder and NOT for finishing off as it were.



on May 23, 2011
at 12:19 AM

I get this same sensation when I eat a lot of very lean meat at once and also if I eat a lot of raw coconut (maybe too much fiber)?

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on May 22, 2011
at 11:38 PM

In my opinion, you should stick it out for a week or two more and see how feel then. It will take your body some time to adjust to the higher fat intake. It is likely that you'll need more that one week to adjust. You could try digestive enzymes - but if you've already been paleo for over a year without problems, I think your current discomfort is more likely part of a normal adjustment period.

Having said that, VLC is not for everyone. Make sure it fits your goals, and don't stick with for longer than a month or so if you feel bad. Again, just my two cents.


on July 04, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Not sure what is going on in your case, but I'd recommend hanging in there for awhile longer. When I went from a high carb SAD diet to paleo (I now average around 60-70 g carbs) it took me about a month to really adjust and feel good. I imagine there would be a period of adjustment going to VLC too.



on June 20, 2011
at 01:32 AM

I don't have much experience with VLC, but I get the "rock in the stomach" feeling relatively often. I'm not sure if it's gas or what to attribute it to. I would just encourage you to drink plenty of fluids even with the rock feeling. Try to keep things moving.

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