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Weight Gain Once Leaky Gut Has Healed?

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Created May 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Hello! I went on AIP 5 months ago and have been avoiding calorie counting and the scale and just eating nutrient dense foods especially high calorie ones like coconut oil and coconut butter. Many of my symptoms of leaky gut have improved except for chronic constipation. I finally weighed myself and realized I had gained 10 lbs in just a few months to the heaviest I have been in years. It doesnt bother me aesthetically but it is odd because before AIP I counted calories but couldnt gain weight if I tried. Does anyone have any research or n=1 studies that healing a leaky gut can actually cause weight gain? P.s. Its definitely a mix of fat and muscle. I can lift heavier but my thigh cellulite came back with a vengeance so I know ita not pure muscle gain.

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0 · May 30, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Good point :) I tracked for so many years that I am fairly confident I can eyeball it to be within a 200 calorie range for the day. I was looking for a case or research study that followed health of people w/ leaky gut. Could not find one myself.

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1147 · May 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

agree and I dare say that this is a common consequence of fixing your gut. Specifically, even if you are eating about the same diet as before (with, say, rice and potatoes subbing for grains), you are absorbing more SFA, your bile is working better, and you are absorbing more "normal" fats.

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41452 · May 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

"Probably around", huh? Unless you're measuring (or have been trained on portion sizes) are you eating more than you think.

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41452 · May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Celiacs often times gain weight after normalizing their digestion with a gluten-free diet. They simply can absorb more of the nutrients in the food they eat.

Then again, not controlling portions, not counting calories and eating a calorie dense diet (isolated fat is nutritionally void) would induce weight again in most folks.

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1147 · May 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

agree and I dare say that this is a common consequence of fixing your gut. Specifically, even if you are eating about the same diet as before (with, say, rice and potatoes subbing for grains), you are absorbing more SFA, your bile is working better, and you are absorbing more "normal" fats.

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0 · May 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I still average probably around 1600 cals a day and I am 5 ft tall and 100 lbs. That number seems more like a maintenance calorie range and less so for gain to me. Do you agree?

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41452 · May 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

"Probably around", huh? Unless you're measuring (or have been trained on portion sizes) are you eating more than you think.

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