Just wanted to post some thoughts on here. I came to this lifestyle back in April 2013. I have struggled with chronic bloat and weight gain since coming to this lifestyle. I did need to gain around 25-30 pounds, but it is definitely more than that.
I recently discovered that I am very low on magnesium. My RBC Magnesium test came back in the low range of normal, which is not good enough for carb, protein, and fat digestion. To not be considered deficient, I have read where you want a score of 6.0-6.8. Mine came in at 4.8. This may explain why I have struggled for so long.
I was unable to take supplements as I react to anything synthetic. I tried to take Magnesium Glycinate again recently and I did not react. I know we do not recommend supplements on this site, but I have struggled and gained weight (whether it be fat or water, I have no idea) to the point I have to try something. I am adding in between 200-600mg per day. Supposedly, we can only absorb around 20% of what we supplement. I do eat LOTS of magnesium each day, but if I am truly showing deficient in my blood, I imagine my bone and tissue are completely tapped out. I need to build my storage back up and see how my body responds. I hope this is the answer I have been looking for on this journey.
Has anyone else gained a lot of weight, to only find out a great deal of it was water? I do not mean 5 pounds of weight, I mean more significant amounts.