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Weight Gain and Extreme Bloating

Answered on April 26, 2015
Created January 29, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I can see this is a popular subject but I cant seem to find a thread suited to my question.

I have been strict Paleo for about 8 months now, with heavy crossfit in the early months. Due to injury I am now strictly swimming.

About a month ago I began severely bloating, to the point of hospitalization for 3 days for extreme abdominal pain, constipation and distended stomach (I looked 6 months pregnant) They did blood work twice a day for 3 days, CT Scan, 2 Ultra Sounds, and no diagnosis. I started the sugar detox 3 days after discharge. Strict, level 3, 21DSD. A month later I have gained 15 lbs, (145lbs to 160 lbs) 150 is my normal pre-paleo weight. Since Paleo I haven't gotten over 145, even with the muscle gain from crossfit. Until now.

I also have severe bloating. I am going to start measuring myself before and after meals, keeping a food log etc. But it is mostly just stomach, I could pass as 3-4 months pregnant by bedtime, and I am a skinny person. Wondering if anyone has experienced this. The only diet change I can think of prior to this is that I am eating more protiens. During the detox I was eating more nuts, so I cut out sodium (except morning bacon) to see if it helped but it hasn't had any major impact. I am considering cutting out nuts all together. Any other suggestions?

No offense but I dont want this thread to turn into a running thread of people with slightly similar symptoms and their worries. Just looking for some advice before I bring this up to my doctor. They seem the be clueless about the whole paleo deal.

Oh and by strict Paleo I would say about 90% with exceptions for bacon (not the fancy stuff) just for breakfast and rarely cream in my coffee, or 'gluten-free' alternatives when eating out, but again, rarely if ever.

Also, I take a multi vitamin every day, fish oil twice a day. And I have horrible, smelly gas and feel hungry all day. Even after a big meal I am hungry ten minutes later. My appetite lately reminds me of pre-paleo grain eating hunger.

Thanks in advance!!

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:41 PM

This could be any number of things. Parasites, dysbiosis, malabsorbtion, Crohn's, celiac, a food allergy, or IBS. Your gastroenterologist should still be working with you on that. There is no 'no diagnosis'. The bad gas suggests something is awry too. Have you tried digestive aids? NOW Super Enzymes are a good one. I take it daily!

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:23 AM

Metametrix have parasite tests.

Bca57975f0a35d3bfe5f0fe2eda5c8f5

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:45 AM

None, I've had a pretty steady diet for 8 months now. Only change was the sugar detox. Looking into the anti-inflamatory meds now as an option, as they were new as well.

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Which of those foods are new to your diet?

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I will definitely be keeping a food log, especially since the doctor will require it anyway so I want to have a head start on it. Thanks!! Never thought about writing how each meal effects me, I appreciate the advice :)

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:03 PM

My food intake is easy. Breakfast: 3 Slices of bacon, 3 eggs. Sometimes salsa but rarely. Weekends are Paleo Pancakes w/banana or berries. (Almond flour, eggs, cinnamon, cocoa, baking powder) Lunch is either dinner leftovers or a simple salad (greens, olives, almond slices, avacado and tuna) Dinner is usually just a protien and lots of veggies. Snacks are either fruits (no more than 2 a day, generally) or nuts. And coffee. 1-3 cups depending on the day. Almond milk as creamer or half&half if nothing else is available.

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Same thing I was thinking...

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Can you post what a daily food intake looks like for you? That would help.

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:53 AM

I would definitely try cutting out nuts but that's a personal thing. They make me super bloated and mess up my digestion when I eat too many. Of course not to the point of hospitalization, gosh that's terrible. I hope you get better soon.

Bca57975f0a35d3bfe5f0fe2eda5c8f5

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:42 AM

Oh and I will add that I take fish oil twice a day, and anti inflammatory meds for my injury.

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:40 PM

TEst for celiac

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on March 01, 2012
at 01:04 AM

I had the same thing happen to me on a low-carb high-protein diet. I initially lost weight and felt awesome, but as time went on things just started going downhill. When I read your typical day's worth of food I just cringed in memory because I used to eat the exact same way and I know how awful it feels to bloat up like the beachball of doom when you are trying so hard and eating so "clean." Anyway, for me, the problem was too much meat and not enough carbs. Diana Schwarzbein's books convinced me finally to eat some more carbs, but nowadays you can also check out the Perfect Health Diet, both the book and the blog. Anyway, what I do now is have 4-6 oz of meat at a time instead of 8-10 oz, have a normal sized veggie portion instead of heaps of them, and fill up the rest of the plate with potatoes or rice or something. And I eat as much fruit as I feel like. I was convinced that when I added in carbs that I would instantly gain 10 lbs (and I felt so terrible that I was willing to gain the 10 lbs if it meant I would feel better), but it never happened, and my digestion improved 100% and the beach ball bloating disappeared.

Your issue might not be the same as mine, but I felt so much empathy reading your post that I couldn't read and not comment! I hope you get it figured out!

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Sounds like a parasite.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Same thing I was thinking...

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on January 29, 2012
at 11:52 AM

Hi, just a few ideas that i give to my clients. Fisrt you need to do a food journal, i know it sounds boring but beleive me it works. Everything you eat no matter what, has to go down in the book, but you have to put it down in the book when you've eaten it. Not at the end of the day because our memories just rememeber the healthy foods we've eaten. Also you need to note down how you feel after you've eaten, then after a week you should start to see a pattern of how certain foods affect you whether positive or negative. You might even find the food that is causing all these problems. Good luck.

Bca57975f0a35d3bfe5f0fe2eda5c8f5

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I will definitely be keeping a food log, especially since the doctor will require it anyway so I want to have a head start on it. Thanks!! Never thought about writing how each meal effects me, I appreciate the advice :)

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on January 29, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I would second keeping a food diary. I had something similar to your described experience when I accidentally began ingesting some wheat and potato starch. While it would never have bothered me prior-paleo, it blew me up like a balloon after I had been paleo for nine months and it was severely uncomfortable.

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on April 26, 2015
at 03:57 AM

If you have already been to your doctor and cannot find the cause, then it could be the candida problem. My personal experience with that is that it does cause extreme bloating and "weight gain for no reason". Also, my stomach would grow throughout the day, and get worse after meals. The McCombs Plan really does work to get it under control in my experience. If you google McCombs Plan you should find it.

My problem is that it keeps coming back. Through many, many doctors visits we've discovered the cause … lead and mercury poisoning. Those toxic metals are so toxic they can kill off your good flora, leaving plenty of room for the yeast to take over. If it keeps coming back for you, there are tests that can be run to check the toxic metals, and levels of good flora. I'm blogging about it now in effort to share helpful information about it; because it was so difficult to find the cause that I am sure others must be struggling as well. If you have interest in the information, I've named the site after my screen name:  ExtremeBloating

Betaine HCL and digestive enzymes are also helpful for me.

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on May 03, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Find out how many calories you are consuming and how many calories you need to maintain. You might be gaining weight. Personally, as long as you aren't eating more than an ounce of nuts a day, I'd cut the bacon and eggs out before the nuts.

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I don't at all intend to be insulting with an obvious question - and from you're list it certain doesn't appear to be, but is it possible you're eating too much too quickly at your meal times? I had the same problem until I drastically reduced my meal food volume. (Volume - not necessarily calories. The old “stopping at 80% full” trick seems to be a fairly decent bloat prevention guideline for me.) Intermittent fasting also helped A LOT.

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Hi Kari. Your situation sounds pretty severe. Have you taken any antibiotics or gone through a particularly stressful time before this started happening? It sounds like your digestive system is on the fritz which can be triggered in various ways.

You could start blindly taking expensive probiotics or you could get some testing done so as to target your approach. It sounds like you have not had a parasitology (poop) test done yet. If that is correct then that's the first thing I recommend you do. Request it from your doctor. I see an osteopath and he had me do a test from Genova Diagnostics. They do aenerobic testing which I guess is a special way of testing our stinky matter. The test looks at the make up of your gut biota (which is basically the most important system in our body), parasites and yeast.

Genova Diagnostics http://www.gdx.net/

You can see my test results here if you're curious: http://paleohacks.com/questions/95352/hack-my-gut-bacteria#axzz1tlwH3f45

I also had terrible gas and bloating. I had no luck from regular probiotics because I had plenty of that type of bacteria in my gut. I was missing a key bacteria that is very difficult to get in America. I never would have found this out if I hadn't done the odious poop test. Hopefully your solution will be much simpler.

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on May 03, 2012
at 02:51 AM

I agree with the probiotics, they helped my emencely! Also, there's an awesome drink called 'kombucha' it is loaded with live cultures, magnesium, probiotics, etc. it works wonders for your digestive system. Oh, did I mention that it's 100% paleo friendly!? There's two different types, one is called 'GTs synergy' (this has bits of fruit in it) the other is 'GTs kombucha' (just tea)

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on February 29, 2012
at 10:56 PM

I think your problems might largely stem from low stomach acid.

You mentioned nuts - they bloat me up terribly, 4~5 months pregnant belly shortly after eating them. Also, the hunger despite eating heaps thing, accompanied by bloating is something that could be related to stomach acid levels. I had similar symptoms to what you have described above due to low stomach acid. Supplemented for a while with HCL and apple cider vinegar and It has improved immensely. Also Dr K's leptin reset helped my stomach issues a lot too.

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on February 29, 2012
at 10:51 PM

I just read Chris Kresser on chlorine and chloramines, on his most recent blog post. So the first thing that came to mind was chlorine. I had to give up teaching water aerobics in my community due to sickness from chlorine. In my case it was asthma, but if you read the comments on that post you will see a lot of people stating issues due to chlorine. It may have nothing to do with your bloating but it would not hurt if you were to read it.

http://chriskresser.com/is-your-daily-shower-making-you-sick

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on February 29, 2012
at 07:56 PM

probiotics - we need the good guys to help with food breakdown. are you eating any fermented foods or taking a probiotic? i would start taking a basic enzyme and a probiotic, that fixed a similar problem i had.

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on February 29, 2012
at 06:43 PM

If it is parasite, then how do we fix this?? Im curious the same thing. I am usually bloated too.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:23 AM

Metametrix have parasite tests.

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