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Problems with Paleo-weight gain!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Confused here~ I have started Paleo but I am having real digestive problems. To be clear, I have had digestive issues all of my life.

I thought that starting Paleo would fix things but the only thing that happened for me was that I actually gained weight.

I began reading an article by Chris Kresser that seems to address the problem. The thing is, that I am seeing a lot of negative reviews about him.

All I know is that I cannot continue Paleo if it is going to make me gain weight. If I am still going to have the same digestive issues made worse then I am at a loss to know what to do.

Does anyone have any real suggestions?

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:24 AM

Ok I can see I wasn't giving you guys enough to go on. Breakfast is either scrambled eggs and spinach or yogurt and fruit. Bacon a couple of times a week maybe.Lunch either tuna and spinach, onion, tomatoes. Dinner chicken or beef with vegetables. I make soup sometimes. Kale and potato. Sometimes apples and peanut butter or guacamole.

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:18 AM

I am 56. 4' 11" and should weigh around 105 or even 100 but 30 over that and won't budge. Before starting this, I was eating only about twice a day.

B3b63414ec4f1d96ea89d62107c87c85

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:13 AM

I'm in good company!!

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:12 AM

I'll look at all of these.

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:07 AM

Thanks, everyone.

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on April 28, 2013
at 12:00 AM

yes yes and YES!

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:41 PM

Portioning correctly*

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:10 PM

I think weight gain is usually an issue when an individual is not positioning correctly. If you are, then I suspect... though am not a me professional, so I honestly can't proclaim... that you have some pretty deep health issues that haven't healed yet. (Duh, right? Sorry about that.) Have you done a whole 30? Where a person eats strict paleo (no grains period, no legumes period, no dairy period, even fermented dairy) for 30 whole days? Also, I second the bone broth idea. That can help with gut health from the inside out :)

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on April 27, 2013
at 07:28 PM

I agree with Dragonfly. If plain Paleo doesn't work, try GAPS and fodmaps. Also, don't forget to eat fish and shellfish. Also, fermented foods, bone broth, and check your D3 levels, and supplement with Mg and coQ10 Ubiquinol. As for Chris Kresser, I think he's levelheaded and among the best doctors in Paleo.

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on April 27, 2013
at 06:36 PM

You think you are THE ONE that needs to be healthier? Join the club! There are so many millions of us, so you are not alone :)

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on April 27, 2013
at 06:23 PM

If you are not digesting your food properly, you may be accidentally eating more to compensate. Google FODMAPS and the GAPS diet.

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on April 27, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Thanks. I didn't exactly expect magic, but I suppose I thought things would get better rather than worse. There are so many chemicals in processed foods and, knowing that good food heals, this seemed to be perfect. I think I am one that needs to get healthier to lose weight.I guess I need to figure out why I'fe always had gut and weight issues first.

B3b63414ec4f1d96ea89d62107c87c85

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on April 27, 2013
at 04:24 PM

I have always used smaller plates, and my digestive issues are all over the place. I did run into an article addressing weight gain on this, so I thought it was a concern for some others as well.

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on April 27, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I just began this a couple of months ago. My concern was gaining weight, I never expected that.

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on April 27, 2013
at 04:19 PM

I'm eating eggs, different vegetables, lean meats, yogurt and fruit, etc.

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on April 27, 2013
at 03:59 PM

Would be helpful to know what you are eating...

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on April 27, 2013
at 08:51 PM

Lynn, here is a great website to start researching digestive issues, paleo, FODMAPs, SIBO, etc. I followed her protocol and learned a lot doing it:

http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/paleo-diet-and-SIBO.html

My personal take is that the LEAST understood, MOST complex paleo convert is the over-35/40 female. So many things that work like magic for men, or gals in their 20s, just don't work once you've had some children and are heading into the land of peri- or full menopause. So much going on in our bodies. Even some younger women fall into this category, if other health issues have derailed their hormones or digestive system.

Keep reading, keep tweaking. If you feel like sharing, edit your question to include what kinds of food you are eating, your age, weight and height, your exercise routine, other health issues, supplements, etc. That would give us a little more info to maybe offer you some ideas.

From your brief description of your foods, I would suggest maybe dropping yogurt. Dairy can hold weight on some people (just think what it does for baby cows!).

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on April 28, 2013
at 12:00 AM

yes yes and YES!

B3b63414ec4f1d96ea89d62107c87c85

(10)

on April 28, 2013
at 01:18 AM

I am 56. 4' 11" and should weigh around 105 or even 100 but 30 over that and won't budge. Before starting this, I was eating only about twice a day.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 27, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Lynn, I got to be honest with you - when sick people (and I am saying it with all my love because I am one of them) come to Paleo they expect that all their problems will disappear like magic.

I came to Paleo when I was really really sick. Bedridden to be exact. After six month on a very very clean diet, I was better but still not even 50 % healthier.

After one and a half years of suffering I finally have my diagnosis, at least partially. Do you want to know what is wrong with me? I had SIBO, still suffering from giardiasis and a wide array of pathogenic bacteria causing severe gut dysbiosis.

My question - why in the world all those doctors that I went to before were so incompetent that did not bother to ask me for a stool sample AND, on top of it, told me it was all in my head?

Sorry, I am going off on a rant here. Back to your question. I have just watched a video from the Undeground Wellness guy who said something along the lines...

People want to lose weight so they will become healthier. They need to become healthier in order to lose weight.

It really struck the chord with me. If you were 100% healthy, you would not have asked this question, right?

So, I am not a doctor (although I am more knowledgeable than at least 80% of them) but this is my advice to you: figure out what is wrong. Not sure how, not sure what, but something must be not right.

Good luck - and I really really mean it!

B3b63414ec4f1d96ea89d62107c87c85

(10)

on April 27, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Thanks. I didn't exactly expect magic, but I suppose I thought things would get better rather than worse. There are so many chemicals in processed foods and, knowing that good food heals, this seemed to be perfect. I think I am one that needs to get healthier to lose weight.I guess I need to figure out why I'fe always had gut and weight issues first.

B3b63414ec4f1d96ea89d62107c87c85

(10)

on April 28, 2013
at 01:13 AM

I'm in good company!!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 27, 2013
at 06:36 PM

You think you are THE ONE that needs to be healthier? Join the club! There are so many millions of us, so you are not alone :)

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on April 27, 2013
at 06:11 PM

What are the digestive issues? What do you eat in a typical day? What do you currently weigh?

B3b63414ec4f1d96ea89d62107c87c85

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:24 AM

Ok I can see I wasn't giving you guys enough to go on. Breakfast is either scrambled eggs and spinach or yogurt and fruit. Bacon a couple of times a week maybe.Lunch either tuna and spinach, onion, tomatoes. Dinner chicken or beef with vegetables. I make soup sometimes. Kale and potato. Sometimes apples and peanut butter or guacamole.

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on April 27, 2013
at 03:59 PM

I might. Be careful with your portion sizes. We could use more information, like what your food intake looks like. And how long you've been eating in this style. Have you completely let go of neolithic foods?

What do you mean by digestive problems? Do you mean excessive bloating? Stomach pain after eating? Lower intestinal pain? Gas? Diarrhea? You don't necessarily have to say, but all of these symptoms could possibly point to different causes. Before paleo, I had lower intestinal pain, gas, and diarrhea about 30 minutes after every meal. I had to cut grains and legumes out 100% before I started seeing an improvement here, though I retained full-fat fermented dairy only beyond heavy cream.

Paleo isn't about weight. It's about putting the most beneficial foods into your body the vast majority of the time so it can run at its most optimal. Me and my gf both are eating this way- I've lost ~90 lbs, (started at 255, 5'7" female) She's lost absolutely nothing pound wise but has been gaining strength like mad (she's 5'7" female, 125 lbs), which is pretty good for a thin little girly.

But for both of us, that isn't the most incredible benefit. The best benefit of paleo is the incredible focus and drive we have to get our life done. I've conquered brain fog and severe insulin spikes, and she's controlling type II bipolar and severe allergies, both of us without medication.

So, keep that in mind. If you havent' been doing this for a while, your body is still adjusting. That goes for weight and digestion, though some paleo-approved foods can still cause sour stomachs (like nightshades.) Also, keep in mind that if you've gained 5 lbs in the past week or something, it's mostly water weight. Unless you've managed eating 17500 calories over maintenance in the last seven days, and then you need to approach your portion sizes.

Medium avatar

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:10 PM

I think weight gain is usually an issue when an individual is not positioning correctly. If you are, then I suspect... though am not a me professional, so I honestly can't proclaim... that you have some pretty deep health issues that haven't healed yet. (Duh, right? Sorry about that.) Have you done a whole 30? Where a person eats strict paleo (no grains period, no legumes period, no dairy period, even fermented dairy) for 30 whole days? Also, I second the bone broth idea. That can help with gut health from the inside out :)

Medium avatar

(1097)

on April 27, 2013
at 09:41 PM

Portioning correctly*

B3b63414ec4f1d96ea89d62107c87c85

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on April 27, 2013
at 04:24 PM

I have always used smaller plates, and my digestive issues are all over the place. I did run into an article addressing weight gain on this, so I thought it was a concern for some others as well.

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