Ok, yet another VLC Paleo question/inquiry, here goes: Prior to VLC Paleo, I became very bloated each month before my period and I could gain 5-7 pounds of water weight. After VLC, I barely knew it was coming and would only gain 1-2 pounds, if any.
About 1 month ago, I started adding carbs to my VLC diet. Just about 1/2 a sweet potato a few days a week, along with a couple of pieces of 88% chocolate a day. I gained 1.5-2 pounds, which did not bother me too much and I thought it was well worth the fabulous additions of sweet potatoes and chocolate.
The problem is this: My first period since adding carbs is fast approaching and this past Tuesday I was officially tagged as a water retaining sea cow after I gained 4-5 pounds within 24-hours (no change in diet). I am absolutely miserable and wondering if the higher carbs are promoting the higher weight gain? Either that, or is it possible I am one of those VLC'ers who cannot successfully add carbs? I hope it is the former because that means it is temporary. If it is the latter, I will have to go back to VLC, because this isn't worth it. Please advise.
According to Phinney and Volek (Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living):
Removing carbs from the diet causes your kidneys to aggressively secrete sodium (and along with it, extra fluid).
So it makes sense to me that carbs would, conversely, retain water. Or at least, more water than you're used to on VLC. I wouldn't give up on adding carbs back yet. I didn't give up trying until I gained over 15 pounds -- I figured at that point I was a fat retaining sea cow, lol.
Perhaps you just need to drop carbs in the last week before your period. You could also experiment with supplements. I find omega 3 is good and contributes to less PMS and menstrual pain, as does magnesium and zinc.
Robb Wolf recommends a little GLA / evening primrose oil in the last week.
For me though evening primrose oil has the opposite effect - lots of bloating prior to my period, the response seems individual. If you are taking it - try cutting it out.
Check your vit D levels are good. Iodine too is good for menstrual issues
http://www.healthhomehappy.com/2011/09/simple-nature-cures-apple-cider-vinegar.html ACV for PMS? Check it out! =)
I seem to do better on lower carb Paleo (50-100 grams/day) during my time of the month.
Red meat and greens go a long way for me. I used to have carb cravings, mood swings, muscle aches, and mild cramping pre-Paleo but no longer!
The rest of the time I do moderate carb Paleo about 100-150 grams a day mainly from safer starches like sweet potatoes, potatoes, plantains, and sometimes even white rice.
I've heard deficiencies like magnesium, manganese, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B (especially B6). and zinc aggravate PMS so Paleo works well. Supplementation may also help.
Minimizing sweeteners and caffeine also helps.
Exercise always helps me - pumping weights at the gym!
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