Just wanted to post some thoughts on here. I came to this lifestyle back in April 2013. I have struggled with chronic bloat and weight gain since coming to this lifestyle. I did need to gain around 25-30 pounds, but it is definitely more than that.
I recently discovered that I am very low on magnesium. My RBC Magnesium test came back in the low range of normal, which is not good enough for carb, protein, and fat digestion. To not be considered deficient, I have read where you want a score of 6.0-6.8. Mine came in at 4.8. This may explain why I have struggled for so long.
I was unable to take supplements as I react to anything synthetic. I tried to take Magnesium Glycinate again recently and I did not react. I know we do not recommend supplements on this site, but I have struggled and gained weight (whether it be fat or water, I have no idea) to the point I have to try something. I am adding in between 200-600mg per day. Supposedly, we can only absorb around 20% of what we supplement. I do eat LOTS of magnesium each day, but if I am truly showing deficient in my blood, I imagine my bone and tissue are completely tapped out. I need to build my storage back up and see how my body responds. I hope this is the answer I have been looking for on this journey.
Has anyone else gained a lot of weight, to only find out a great deal of it was water? I do not mean 5 pounds of weight, I mean more significant amounts.
Try to eat more vegetables and less fruit and starch.
what about juicing the greens for now?
Hey FoL! :) Did you ever find a way to get enough sleep? I know you do not get much time on the net but you might find it interesting to see how Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram gained weight after getting even less sleep than she already was for a few months leading up to her book release. She said she got only 4 hours of sleep for many years. So I assume over the last few months she was getting significantly less than event that! It sounds like this was the only thing that changed for her and it resulted in weight gain. She says now she realizes the importance of sleep and proper rest for health and healing. You probably already know that but it is interesting and a solid reminder to see a real life example happen right before your eyes.
That is awesome that you were able to do it for a while! Did you note any difference from the extra rest?
very interesting about the sleep/rest experiment! I hope you get to do it again soon! your strong determination and continuous effort are truly inspiring! good to hear from you! all the best! :)
Low stomach acid can lead to nutritional deficiencies through decreased absorption of basic electrolytes such as magnesium, zinc , etc. And problems with absorption of vitamins such as vitamin C, B- complex and vitamin K.
This was my problem. As you know I. I have tried everything.
Happy that I found it now. I am using HCL with Peptin without magnesium stearate (I don't have acid enough to breakdown magnesium stearate).
I also take a organic B-complex.