It's been about 72 hours on an all meat diet. My meat intake before wasn't a very high percentage of my diet, and the change has been kind of abrupt. My body is adapting pretty well and I believe I just ran out of my glucose stores. Everything about this feels great so far except for slight constipation issues. Most of my food the last few days has been bacon, eggs fried in butter, and high fat beef sausage. I've been drinking insane amounts of water and all that is happening is I'm peeing constantly. There have been a few glasses of coffee with heavy whipping cream and no sugar. Any advice? Will this fix itself?
I think you're probably losing a huge amount of water; this is a normal part of keto-adaptation. Per Phinney and Volek in The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living:
Removing most carbs from the diet causes your kidneys to aggressively secrete sodium (and along with it, extra fluid).
Your fat intake sounds good, and I'm guessing the bacon and sausage have plenty of sodium, so you shouldn't need extra salt. As someone who's been mostly zero-carb for the last two years, the only suggestion I have is to maybe broaden your meat horizons a bit. Many people seem to do fine on muscle meats only, but I hedge my bets by making stock with bones, eating liver and heart, and eating loads of fish and shellfish.
To answer your last question, I believe the constant peeing will abate on its own, assuming this is water loss due to your sudden jump into ketosis. If it doesn't subside in a few weeks, a re-visiting of the question would be in order, I think.
Re: Constipation. A lot of people find (as Nutritionator says in his response) that they don't have as many BMs as before, especially if they were used to multiple BMs in a day. Many of us find our schedule becomes rather, er, lighter, in more ways than one, although the performances are quicker and easier. Is this what's going on with you, or are you (forgive me) having to strain?
It's been talked about before but with diets such as yours, but the food your eating might be getting almost completely broken down and used, unlike when you eat a lot of fiber and it passes right through. Is it something to worry about? I personally don't think so. A lot of SAD literature points to slow intestinal motility and lack of fiber increasing cancer risk. But that stuff is well, SAD.
Another question to answer yours with, should we be judging how healthy we are based on bowel movements? I'm not sure all meat is ideal long term but it seems to work wonders for people trying to heal their gut. Good question though, looking forward to more answers.
Do you have metabolic issues or a particular reason for going VLC? Many people slowly add safer starches and carbs from 50-150 g/day once they reach maintenance weight.
Some people actually do better on this regimen, because some burn more fat with a little carbs added. Some swear by VLC, but that is a minority of Paleo people - we are not all Eskimo (or Inuit)!
Any reason you're not eating low carb vegetables like kale, collards, lettuce, etc.? There is nutrition in there.
Also make sure you are eating organ meats and fatty meats. I hope you are taking some supplementation.
Have you had your kidney function assessed thoroughly? You need to get your aldosterone and renin checked - sounds like you're unable to hold on to sodium - not pleasant. Some people can't hold on to salt even if they increase it, if they lack aldosterone. You may need Florinef. Go see a decent doc and get checked, low sodium is dangerous, you don't want to let it get worse.
I agree with Rose. Would also add magnesium citrate. Below is from the Ketogenic Diet Resource
Constipation: This is another one of the most common low carb diet side effects, and is usually a function of a magnesium deficiency. If 400 mg of magnesium citrate isn't helping, you may want to cut back on your dairy product consumption. I've found that a daily cheese habit is a factor in this side effect. If I avoid cheese, or at least limit my cheese intake to less than 1 ounce per day, I find that my entire system just seems to perform more normally. You could also add another 100 mg of magnesium to your daily intake, but don't go overboard. Magnesium is powerful stuff, and you don't want to take too much. You'll know if you have because you'll spend the day in the bathroom.
And about all-meat diets...check out this article from Tim Ferriss' blog where he mentions two old medical studies that apparently found "midsection weight loss" as a result of going all-meat
he patients who followed these all-meat diets rapidly lost weight from their midsections and improved their blood sugar and blood pressure problems if they had them. Calculations of cholesterol in all its various permutations was still decades away, but both doctors even used the all-meat diet for their patients with heart disease without problem. The all-meat diet proved to be a safe, filling, rapid way to help patients lose abdominal fat while improving their health.
I've done it off and on for a year, it was the best thing I ever tried, give it time you will feel fantastic once you go into full ketosis. I'm a raw food eater now only because I don't like to eat animals, but still what's true is true I felt much happier on an all meat diet with an occasional treat.Good Luck.
Try eating leaner meats such as fish and poultry. I try to eat eggs and fish every day. Then for dinner I might eat beef, pork, or chicken. Bacon and sausage are only once a week because they are too greasy and make me feel kinda tired if I eat too much. I eat all meat and haven't had any constipation. You could also try a fiber pill, but try to eat leaner meats.
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