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Weight Gain As A Symptom -before Starting Gf Diet


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#16 Rusla

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 07:08 AM

I have so far lost 20 lbs with being gluten-free in the last three weeks and this was with eating chocolate over xmas. I only gained before I was gluten-free.
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#17 Heather22

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:18 AM

Hi Tiffany,
Yes, it is about exercise, but I think our Celiac bodies are also sensitive to other foods. For example, many Celiacs are carb and sugar sensitive. I would not recommend the Atkins diet, but eating a diet that is lower in both of these might help. I would start by choosing one carb, such as brown rice, and going from there.

It also might be worth while to try an elimination diet. That way, you can really pinpoint what foods make you feel good/yucky. There's a lot to figure out, but just listen to your body.

Good luck!
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#18 Nancym

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 05:49 PM

I've been dieting for 3 years, most of it low carb but a lot of gluten in my diet because gluten is actually high protein, low carb and rather low in calories. It has been a huge struggle to lose weight. I'm hoping now that the gluten (and now dairy) are gone it'll be easier. But I've noticed my appetite is bigger!

At least my belly isn't bloated all the time!
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#19 CMCM

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:32 AM

Weight has been a huge issue for me. My whole life, despite ongoing digestive upsets, I neither lost nor gained weight, I was really a perfect weight even though I was quite a sugar junkie. But I never age huge amounts of food. I gained 60 lbs. with my daughter when I was 20 but lost it quickly. I stayed at about 130 lbs. (I'm 5'8") for the next 16 years until I had my son. After that, things seemed different, and I lost weight but was always about 10 to 15 lbs more than I wanted to be. By age 49 I was at 173, which for me was about 35 to 40 lbs. too heavy. I started exercising and eating carefully and did the Body for Life program and got down to about 150 to 155, but it has been a struggle to stay there ever since my bleeding/anemic/D&C surgery episode at age 49. I've gone up and done between 148 and 160, and can seemingly put on 5 lbs. of bloat overnight. No matter how carefully I ate, how little I ate, and how much I exercised (I was often doing 6 days a week exercise, with lots of cardio and weight lifting), yet my weight and bloat didn't budge for the last 6 years (I'm now 56).

The ONLY time I effortlessly lost weight was a 6 week period where I did Atkins, and that always puzzled me. I thought it was purely the lack of carbs in my diet (only one salad a day), but now I think it was the total lack of grains and gluten, and possibly the lack of dairy as well (except for a small bit of cheese). In 6 weeks on Atkins I went effortlessly down to about 140, and I was doing zero exercise because prior to starting Atkins I had sprained my shoulder and broken a rib in a ski fall, so I achieved this weight loss entirely thru the Atkins diet. When I stopped the diet and reintroduced the grains/dairy/other carbs, the weight came back, and the whole inability to lose a single ounce of weight no matter what I do has been continually frustrating.

I went gluten free on Nov. 25 and immediately noticed my pants etc. getting looser, so I know I'm losing weight. I've stayed off the scales for the time being because that always discouraged me (the no change part of it!). But my dietary changes (no grain, hardly any dairy) seem to make a huge difference. Time will tell, though!
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#20 jerseyangel

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:52 AM

You and I seem to have a lot of the same issues. I have that 20 or so extra pounds also. A friend and I did the Atkins diet a few years ago and I lost 25 lbs. in about 6 months. No real exercise, either. I also felt well while on that diet, but didn't know of the gluten connection then. The only time I lost wt. due to the Celiac was right before I was DX. In a short time, I lost 15 lbs. when I was the sickest. The wt. loss worried me because I have never lost weight in my life unless I was rigorously dieting. Quite the opposite, I could gain weight easily if I wasn't careful. Even after I started the gluten-free diet, I put those 15 back on. In 2 months! Now, I've cut way back on the grains and have lost about 8 lbs. The pants are fitting better now! If I may ask--did you also have an Endometrial Eblation with your D&C? I had the same heavy bleeding problem and had them both with a histroscopy. Although it helped a lot w/the bleeding, the anemia didn't fully resolve until I went gluten-free.
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#21 CMCM

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:14 PM

You and I seem to have a lot of the same issues. I have that 20 or so extra pounds also. A friend and I did the Atkins diet a few years ago and I lost 25 lbs. in about 6 months. No real exercise, either. I also felt well while on that diet, but didn't know of the gluten connection then. The only time I lost wt. due to the Celiac was right before I was DX. In a short time, I lost 15 lbs. when I was the sickest. The wt. loss worried me because I have never lost weight in my life unless I was rigorously dieting. Quite the opposite, I could gain weight easily if I wasn't careful. Even after I started the gluten-free diet, I put those 15 back on. In 2 months! Now, I've cut way back on the grains and have lost about 8 lbs. The pants are fitting better now! If I may ask--did you also have an Endometrial Eblation with your D&C? I had the same heavy bleeding problem and had them both with a histroscopy. Although it helped a lot w/the bleeding, the anemia didn't fully resolve until I went gluten-free.


Yes...I did have the endometrial eblation. The whole thing was frightening....I just started a period and the bleeding was unbelievably heavy (it got to the point of several heavy pads an hour) and just didn't stop, and I didn't realize about the anemia caused by that for awhile. After a couple of weeks of that, I had gotten terribly weak and was white as a ghost and could hardly walk anywhere without passing out. The doctor threatened me with a hysterectomy if the D&C/Eblation or whatever it all was didn't work, but it did, thank goodness. However, I was so anemic they almost gave me a transfusion, and I remember I took heavy duty iron pills for several weeks at least, after which time I must have been tested and was OK, because at that point I went off the iron pills. But that was 7 years ago, and I haven't been tested since. Probably should have been, though. I could be a bit anemic now and not know it.

You said you went gluten free but then put back weight from grains...do you mean from rice/corn, stuff like that? As for me, I still feel I'm somewhat (or perhaps very!) carb sensitive. I simply cannot eat potatoes (which I love), or corn, and I don't even eat much rice. I'm not going to get much into the gluten free breads/cookies/cakes etc. because I KNOW they will contain sugar, which I also don't do well with, and I'm such a sugar junkie I do better if I just stay away from sugar entirely! But overall, I think I have to stay free of gluten for a certain period of time and then re-visit some of the foods that "seem" to give me trouble these last few years....such as dairy. In fact, for the last 25 years I've figured that I was lactose intolerant and never even considered celiac disease at all because I didn't seem to have the same symptoms as my mom.

My mother has told me that the first few months of my life were hard for me....almost continual colic and she initially tried to breast feed me (she was eating gluten at that point in time!) but I couldn't keep the milk down (from the gluten she had eaten???), then the doctors had her try regular formula, that didn't work, and I finally ended up drinking goat's milk. By a year I seemed to be doing OK, but thru my whole childhood I didn't like milk or ice cream very much, and naturally avoided it. And she told me when I was 6 I oddly got very sick and had this horrible strong burping going on I couldn't control, although that finally went away. For most of my childhood and teens I don't really remember having big digestive issues, though. I really started noticing stuff in my 30's....migraines, very sensitive digestion that I definitely could link to dairy consumption, and many times getting sick but not knowing what I ate that did it....there wasn't any strong pattern, although I was always looking for the most recent meal as the culprit, rather than a day or two before. And I developed what were very asthma-like symptoms and an incessant cough that no doctor was able to diagnose....everyone said it wasn't asthma, but it sure behaved like asthma, and for the last few years I've had inhalers handy. My GP prescribed Advair and I've been using that. But guess what....when I stopped gluten on Nov. 25 the asthma and cough just went POOF and disappeared suddenly. Verrrrry interesting.

I'm jumping around here....but another interesting thing about the Atkins diet....I wasn't sure I could do it because I've never been a big meat eater....I'd eat chicken, sometimes fish, sometimes steak, but usually just something like once a week, rarely more than that. And I didn't eat much cheese either. Yet on Atkins, eating all that meat and just minimal veggies initially, and some cheddar cheese, and tons of eggs....I felt just fabulous, and I was really surprised at that. So I was getting no dairy beyond about 2 oz of cheese a day, zero dairy, zero fruit, and basically just meat/eggs/lettuce/limited other veggies. And the weight just dropped off at a very good clip. Only thing I remember negative was constipation.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:00 AM

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HI I WAS DIAGNOSED LESS THAN A YEAR AGO AND AM HAVING TROUBLE WITH WEIGHT. I WAS SICK FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE A LONG TIME (IT WAS) AND KEPT SEEING DR AFTER DR. I HAD SYMPTOMS FOR YEARS AND DIDN'T REALIZE IT TILL I FINALLY VOICED MY TROUBLES TO MY GP. SHE STARTED THE BALL ROLLING FIRST. I WOULD EAT AND NOT 5 MINUTES OF BEING DONE I HAD TO GO POTTY RIGHT AWAY. THEN THE TESTING WAS GOING ON FOR ALL SORTS OF THINGS. I HAD JUST STARTED A NEW JOB AND WAS SO SICK FROM THE GET GO. I WOULD EAT AND PUKE TWO TO THREE TIMES A DAY. MY HUSBAND WAS WORRIED I WAS BECOMING BULIMIC. I LOST ABOUT 15-20 POUNDS THAT I COULD REALLY LOSE. (HAVE PLENTY MORE TO LOSE) FINALLY I GOT REFERRED TO A GASTROINTEROLOGIST. I WENT THRU THE PILLS THE BLOOD TESTS THE CHECKS THEN THE EGD, COLONOSCOPY, BARIUM ENEMA AND FINALLY DIAGNOSIS. SINCE I HAD GAINED ALL THE WEIGHT PRIOR TOO THEN LOST 15-20 THEN GAINED IT ALL BACK PLUS SOME AFTER GOING ON THE DIET NOW IT WON'T COME OFF. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. I MISS THE REGULAR FOODS BEING ABLE TO EAT OUT WITH THE FAMILY AND NOT HAVE TO HAVE THINGS SPECIALLY MADE OR BRING YOUR OWN. I AM SURE I AM STILL MAKING MISTAKES WITH MY DIET. PLEASE ANY HELP IS GREAT.
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#23 jerseyangel

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 06:27 AM

What is helping me lose weight now, 7 months gluten-free, is eating mostly meats, chicken, veggies, fruit, natural peanut butter. Not a formal diet, but a lot like the Atkins maintainence plan. What I cut is basicaly the rice breads and baked goods. I don't limit portions and am not too obsessive about it. Just cutting down a bit. Unlike in the past, I'm more concerned about being gluten-free and healthy first, and fitting into my smaller size jeans second. A bonus to eating this way for me is that my skin is better, less itching and the eczema is greatly improved. As a treat, I eat Enjoy Life cookies--the Gingerbread Spice ones are really good and they are made with sorghum flour, not rice flour. I seem to be able to tolerate that better. I also do Pilates, which helps me firm up.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 06:57 AM

It seems lots of you have gained weight AFTER switching over to a gluten-free diet. I'm wondering how many of you have gained weight as a symptom of having celiac - prior to beginning a gluten-free
diet. My 5 year old daughter has gained 10 pounds in 6 months and has many other sympotoms of celiac. She just started a gluten-free diet 3 days ago.


I HAVE HAD A WEIGHT PROBLEM MOST OF MY LIFE. IT SEEMED THAT I COULD NOT DROP A POUND NOT MATTER WHAT I DID. SINCE GOING ON gluten-free IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS I HAVE LOST 25 POUNDS WITH OUT EVEN DOING ANYTHING ELSE TO LOSE IT. MY DOCTOR DID TELL ME THAT THE SYMPTOM FOR SOME IS WEIGHT GAIN. I STILL NEED TO LOSE MORE AND I AM SURE I WILL NOW. LIKE ONE OF THE OTHERS SAID IF I SHOULD BREAK DOWN AND EAT SOMETHING LIKE PASTA I CAN SEE WEIGHT GAIN OVER NIGHT. DOES MAKE ME WONDER WHY SOME LOSE AFTER GOING gluten-free AND OTHERS GAIN. GUESS FOR OTHERS THERE SYMPTONS WERE LOSING WEIGHT TO START WITH.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 07:48 AM

How long were you gluten free before you started losing? I gained weight (about 25 pounds) as a result of ignoring my dx. I am now gluten-free and have been for about 2 weeks and have not lost a pound. Wondering if I am missing something with gluten in my diet now. I guess I will have to be more careful. I really hope to lose the extra weight to fit into a dress I already bought (and fit at the time) for a wedding I am in, on May 20. Is this possible? I know I need to be gluten-free? I don't eat gluten-free cookies. I only occassionally will eat gluten-free breads (chebe and manna from anna). I know I should probably cut down on gluten-free cereal, that is my snack of choice right now. Any other advice?

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