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Old Wed, Jan-11-17, 16:51
Naya999 Naya999 is offline
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I have heard of and also experienced for myself in the past having constipation while on a low carb diet.

I have been following the ketogenic diet and have been having no problems with going # 2. I just started to fear that this may mean I'm doing something wrong with my diet.

Is constipation something that only some will experience on low carb or does it happen to everyone?
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Old Wed, Jan-11-17, 19:01
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Plan: ~25NC/IF
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Never fear! TP man is here...

Some do, some don't. Sometimes it comes, sometimes it goes.

If you search this site you'll find many ways to get things going if they get stuck. I eat a lot of lowcarb vegetables, take some magnesium supplements and drink a good amount of water and I have not had issues for quite some time.
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Old Fri, Jan-13-17, 07:37
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Plan: Atkins/LCHF
Stats: 195/149.7/135 Female 63in
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If things are going well, so to speak, you're doing it right. Don't worry.

There's absolutely NO universal experience.

If you experience an actual problem, check in here. Someone here has had it and can advise--no medical advice!--but possible comfort measures.

Best wishes.
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Old Fri, Jan-13-17, 08:23
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Plan: Atkins '72
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Taking Magnesium daily helps. Drink enough water, eat enough fats.
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Old Fri, Jan-20-17, 17:31
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Plan: LCHF
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Two cups of salad greens daily and or LC veggies ( spinach and broccoli) keeps me going.
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Old Fri, Jan-20-17, 18:59
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Plan: LCHF
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I've been using Trader Joe's psyllium husks daily for the past 30 years. Contains no allergens and has no flavor. Lots of water is necessary.

Every body is different, though. When I had my mother take the same psyllium, it made her constipated.
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Old Mon, Jul-10-17, 08:58
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to fight against constipation I assume pills called in Italy "the 12 herbs of good transit" but I'm afraid this is the reason I'm stuck for over a month... am I wrong? those herbs pills contain carbohydrates? help please....
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Old Mon, Jul-10-17, 22:05
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Plan: Mostly Fung/IDM
Stats: 165/138.4/135 Female 63
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Originally Posted by Naya999


I have been following the ketogenic diet and have been having no problems with going # 2. I just started to fear that this may mean I'm doing something wrong with my diet.



It sounds to me as if you are doing everything right. Not everyone will experience constipation, particularly if they follow a few simple suggestions:

1) keep hydrated;
2) eat plenty of salt to keep your electrolytes in balance and water in your colon;
3) eat plenty of fat (this may be why ketogenic is working better for you than standard low carb)
4) eat most of your daily carbs as low starch vegetables
5) keep moving (walking at a comfortable pace for you is great exercise)

Keep up the good work!
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Old Tue, Jul-11-17, 16:22
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Plan: Atkins, IF, VLCHFLC
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My first go round years ago I would go through terrible issues with it. This time around I have had little issues. Whats different this time around? much more fat. more exersise, and not sure if it matters but I am doing IF as well. if I strat to even feel the slightest bit "Sluggish" I make some strong cold brew cofffee and everything is better.
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Old Wed, Jul-19-17, 17:14
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I have heard of and also experienced for myself in the past having constipation while on a low carb diet.

I have been following the ketogenic diet and have been having no problems with going # 2. I just started to fear that this may mean I'm doing something wrong with my diet.

Is constipation something that only some will experience on low carb or does it happen to everyone?


OMG! I had just the opposite. I guess my digestive system can't handle all that fat. Bad cramps and them WOOOSH!

If I stick with this and I adjust to digesting fat and so much protein I may experience constipation as well. Oh boy!

I think for me, because I have been low fat since college I am unable to handle the fat. It seems to go right through me without warning. I think for me it's the animal fats and all the bad nasty stuff that is in meat these days. I know that protein can be very constipating and it can wreck your kidneys.
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Old Wed, Jul-19-17, 22:56
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Plan: Mostly Fung/IDM
Stats: 165/138.4/135 Female 63
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I know that protein can be very constipating and it can wreck your kidneys.


I've read on the internet that it can make your kidneys explode 😱, though it's never happened to me.

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Old Fri, Aug-04-17, 16:39
YoungNana YoungNana is offline
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Plan: Ketogenic
Stats: 154/135/122 Female 5 ft. 2 in.
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Yes, low carb, even Keto, can constipate even those of us who usually had the total opposite reaction from food. Don't forget to factor in the fact you are probably eating less and your body is using more of the nutrients instead of wasting them. I too add some extra magnesium 1,000 mg along with my regular daily vitamins when having difficulty. Important to take a good multivitamin and other supplements when on Keto. You are like a diesel engine now instead of a gasoline engine. Also, don't be afraid to use a glycerin suppository if you feel impacted. Just sayin' it's necessary sometimes. Good luck!

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