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  • Can somebody please tell me why this happens?

    Hello all,

    I am fairly new to the primal way of eating, although I have not been eating many grains or carbs for years. I recently removed grains, sugar, flour, processed food (and do not drink alcohol), in my diet and feel great. However, anytime I do actually eat a grain or sugar, I gain weight for 3-5 days. How can that be, and why?

    Also, sometimes I feel that dairy and nuts will do the same. It is kind of making my feel crazy. I would like to maintain my lean weight, and not be bouncing all over the place.

    Thank you for your help. I appreciate it!

  • #2
    Sounds like inflammation. Sounds like your body--like mine--does not like those things.
    Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.


    • #3
      Water retention is probably a part of it too...

      there are also things like constipation to consider... if you are holding excess fecal matter that adds weight


      • #4
        Water retention would be my prime suspect as well.
        Give me liberty. Exploration of other options will be vigorously discouraged.

        Wondering something sciencey? Ask me in my Ask a Biochemist Thread


        • #5
          If you are eating low carb and then indulge in carbs, you will retain water (sometimes as much as 3-5 lbs on the scale) for a while. It eventually levels out, but there's no way physiologically to avoid such water retention.


          • #6
            I've found that eating a half a bunch of parsley (in a green drink or salad) gets rid of water retention fast. My rings are loose again by afternoon if I eat it in the morning.


            • #7
              Thank you, that makes sense. Water retention. No, my body does not like it at all. What a bummer, not even able to go of for one small portion of anything! I like the parsley, I will try that.

              Thank you again.