Video: Keto Without a Gallbladder + Fat Digestion Issues

Keto Without A Gallbladder + Fat Digestion Issues #keto #highfat #lowcarb #hflc #lchf

Fat indigestion, how to know when you’re not digesting fats and eating keto (high-fat, low-carb) without a gallbladder.

If you don’t have a gallbladder, or you have one and you experience weird symptoms after you’ve had a healthful, fatty meal, keto, today’s keto video is for you!

Something I forgot to mention in the video… if you have gotten bloodwork done recently and your fat soluble vitamins are low (vitamins A and D), it could be a good indication that your body may not be breaking down fats properly. If this is you, scroll down and press play!

Also, there was a little fumble in my words about 1-minute in. Your gallbladder does not CREATE bile, your liver does. The gallbladder stores bile. The liver will continue to make bile, but it has nowhere to store it. So, if you are eating meals with moderate to high amounts of fats, you are not going to have enough bile to break things down properly.

A must-watch if you’re having a hard time digesting fats or your gallbladder was removed and you’re interested in eating keto (high-fat, low-carb).

For video transcription, scroll down.

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  • How to be keto when you don’t have a gallbladder
  • How to know when you’re not digesting fats properly
  • Why I don’t support gallbladder flushes
  • The three foods to eat to increase bile production


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  1. Do you have any brands of these supplements you would recommend? I had my gallbladder out last year and I just started Keto a month ago. Feeling pretty good so far but want to make sure that I am digesting all the amazing fats properly!

    • Yes! They’re all linked below the video under “Resources” :)

  2. Do you know where I can get the supplements for the no gallbladder keto diet? The ox bile, digestive enzyme, flush-free niacin and B-complex. I went to safeway and talked to the pharmacist and she didn’t even know what they were. Does anyone have any suggestions to where I could go and get these?

    Thanks so much!

    • Amazon is a great place to find it! Or perhaps try a supplements store.

  3. Leann, do you offer one on one consults? I clicked the link but no sign up for it. Would really like an opportunity to talk with you.

  4. My husband, roommate, and I started the Keto diet about a month and a half ago. I have had some really good success so far, but lately I have noticed that I have more issues than my husband and roommate. I am the only one in the house without a gallbladder. I had it removed 10 years ago, when I was 16 and no one has ever mentioned any of this to me. I had gone to multiple doctors for them to tell me that my digestive issues were caused by IBS.

    Thank you so much!!

    • I’m so glad it was helpful! Hopefully you’ll be feeling better in no time ;)

  5. I just started keto one week ago. I don’t have any issues with fats. I mean sometimes I do but this week of eating didn’t upset my digestive system. Do I still need the supplements if I’m not having issues digesting? I only lost 3lbs this first week. I know I should be a slave to the scale but I am. I just want to make sure I’m not wasting my time with keto if I don’t have a GB. Thanks and loving your videos do podcasts. Can’t wait to get the books.

    • You don’t have to take supplements but it could help! Best to chat with your doctor to figure out what protocol would be best for you. Weight loss can take time so be patient with yourself ;)

  6. Thanks so much for answering my question about the fats making my husband nauseated .We have been doing Keto for 3 months and We love it and your newsletters.We both weight train so we wanted something that would improve our health for the future from the inside out .

    • You’re so welcome! I hope it was helpful ;) Good luck to you both on your keto journey!

  7. OMG I’m so glad I came across you! I haven’t had a gallbladder in 18 years! Wow insane right?! Losing weight is stupid hard. My hair has thinned, my migraines are off the charts. Recently the doc said I need to lose 30 pounds and I should try keto. I never even thought about not having a gallbladder until my neighbor said something about it and my husband is a physician assistant!

    • Wow, I’m so glad you came across my video, too! ;) I hope this video was helpful!

  8. Hi! I’m on my 4th day of low carb high fat way of life and I just saw your video on what if you don’t have a gallbladder, which is my case. I’m not experiencing any of the symptoms of not having a gallbladder and yes my dr did tell me to not consume fats for the rest of my life. That was 5-6 yrs ago. I’ve never taken any supplements and the only thing that I can say has changed through the years are more heartburn and acid reflux. Since I have no symptoms of the keto way of living is affecting me should o do anything about it???

    • That’s great that you’re not really experiencing any negative symptoms without a gallbladder! It’s totally up to you whether you’d like to start with any supplements. Perhaps you could give it a try and see if it helps with the heartburn/acid reflux and go from there. Good luck!

  9. Two questions…I have been doing a variation of keto/LCHF for about 2 weeks and sometime I notice what looks like an oil slick in the toilet water in the morning with my first BM and second, I am debating where to start, should I go with you beginner book, even though I have been doing this for a few weeks, skip to fat fueled or skip them both and try the meal plan? Any suggestions on how to choose which route?

    • Hey, Tracy! It sounds like may have trouble digesting fats. With that in mind, Fat Fueled may be your best choice because it has a whole section on this and how to adjust your keto eating style accordingly. I hope this helps!