Get email alerts Get E-mail Alerts Sponsor: Sponsor:

Ads by Google:

   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE email alerts

Facial Weight Loss

7 posts in this topic

I was wondering, I've lost quite a bit a weight in my face since this all started two years ago, and I'm really depressed about it. When I look in the shady parts at my reflection, I can see how bad it really is. Has anyone else here had this issue and, if so, when you did get diagnosed how long did it take after being on medication or diet did you start to gain your facial weight back? 


I know the facial weight loss has to do with malabsorption in my small intestine because I have fatty stools and did a fecal fat test to find out I was only absorbing about 70% of my daily fats. This varies I'm sure. But, over time it has done a number on my face. My GP told me men normally lose weight in their hands and face first, and this would make perfect sense for me because my face and now my hands have been the only part of my body that have lost weight. When this all started I weighed about 145, I now weigh 138 in two years. This would be much worse if I didn't drink Ensure's everyday and increase my caloric intake, but I've managed to slow down the process until my insurance will pay for my diagnostic testing endoscopy and colonoscopy. 


- Jay


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ads by Google:

Hi Jay

So are you still eating gluten while you wait to get tested?

Since I went gluten-free a year ago, I have had a massive improvement in my facial skin, it is smoother and soft, and I lost the spots that plagued me for years. I have lost over 45lbs but not got saggy skin. I am in my 40s.

I only eat unprocessed foods, and get plenty of good fats olive coconut and avocado oils, plenty of nuts and avocados.

Two friends have changed to eating wholefoods on the basis of seeing the improvements in my skin. They are looking good too!

I hope you find some answers


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reply. My problem isn't so much skin related as it is weight in the skin, if I may. Like, for instance, I have certain sunken in features in my face, which tells me I'm losing weight in it. As far as my skin goes, its just fine.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

My face looks thinner, so I think it may be true one loses weight in their face first.  If I had to wait very long term for testing, I wouldn't.  I nearly died from starvation once and it wasn't fun.  What I would do is go gluten free and record changes that occur.  I would do a genetic test if you can.  You can actually do that anytime on gluten or off.  Record any results you get and report to the doctor.


You seem to know something about your absorption.  That could be a way of determining the condition of your small intestine.  If you went gluten free you could tell if your absorption was better by rechecking your absorption.  These are what I am doing with my Functional Medicine practitioner.


If you are gluten free already for two years.  I would look for further intolerances, take enzymes to help break down food, and keep analyzing a way to improve absorption.


I hope you can get a certain diagnosis, but more than that I hope you will get better, have a healthy plump face, and energy.




Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I just posted this response to someone else having similar issues in a different forum on this site...  I hope it helps!


The good news is, this is to be expected and its not rare for this to happen.  You are not alone!  I did the same thing when diagnosed in October.  I'm a 5'11 male that weighed 137 and currently check in at 170.


So...  You are doing the right things but your results even under ideal circumstances won't come over night.  The smoothies, the shakes, the peanut butter, on top of your meals is great.  Sometimes I would stuff myself almost sick.  It took my body awhile just to adjust itself to handling the loads of food I was sending down the hatch.


If you have an iPhone I would download the FitnessPal app or an equivalent thereto.  It allows you to enter in every food you have eaten and fairly accurately tell you how many calories and the nutrients it contained over the course of a day.  I used it for a few reasons; 1. To set a calorie goal that matched my target weight.  2. So I could identify foods that give me more of what I needed.  3. Hold me accountable for my daily consumption.  It was like having a dietician with me everywhere I went.  I would be laying on the couch watching the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and realize per my app, dang--I still need 300 more calories....  Off to the kitchen I went...


I entered my target weight and then it put me on a program to gain 1 or 2 pounds per week.  So again, it takes time.  It takes work to maintain your weight if you are suffering malabsorption and then all the more if you are trying to gain but over time, I did.


I made a lot of pizza's too.  Pizza, steak, chicken, shakes, 3 eggs and 3 slices of bacon in the morning with coffee and creamer...  vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, hersheys, and a banana in my milk shakes.  I would eat breakfast and then make a shake to drink on my way to work.  I thought I was going to literally pop by 9a!  


Remember as you are eating all this to get some water.  Your body needs it to aid the digestion.  Don't fill up on it, don't go overboard with it, just throw in a bottle of water here or there where you ordinarily might not.


When I was eating like this I had some trouble falling asleep at night or waking up in the middle of the night because I was digesting all this food.  If you don't experience this, good for you.  If I woke up, I just embraced it by getting up and reading or watching TV or doing things that needed done around the house either way.


Hang in there!  


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Mac,


You won't gain weight if you don't improve your digestion and eat enough calories.  If you are celiac you may have trouble digesting many foods until you get off gluten and get your gut healed up.  I think you are waiting for your medical insurance to kick in to get tested tho.  So, in the meantime you can still try some steps.  Eating lots of protein may help.  Avocadoes are a good thing to eat for protein, as well as meats.


Eat only whole foods not processed foods.
Eat only food you cook yourself, think simple foods, not gourmet meals.
Take probiotics.
Take gluten-free vitamins.
Take digestive enzymes.
Avoid dairy.
Avoid sugars and starchy foods.
Avoid alcohol.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
    • Total Posts
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I was in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa this summer, with very few problems.  I brought a ton of Kind bars, Justin's peanut butter packets and Costco beef jerky just in case!  I get the Kind Bars and Justin's on Amazon Prime.  Africans eat a lot of meat (try the Kudu, it's awesome!) and veggies.  Stay away from sauces.  I don't recommend eating the Mopane tree worms, even though they are gluten-free.  I tried to get out of it, but my tour leader said they were gluten-free and I had to try it as part of the experience....ewwwww!  lol  gluten-free is quite popular in South Africa...they call in the Banting diet.  Maybe they know it up north as well?  I would definitely stay away from chips because you have no idea what else has been in the same fryer oil.  One chicken nugget and you're toast.  I've never had a problem with rice.  Have a great trip...Africa is amazing!  
    • Hi Jan, Have you had any allergy testing? Could be you are allergic to something else. My daughter is Celiac and was still getting ill & feeling awful after going gluten-free. Found out through several blood tests that she is allergic to shrimp, wheat, yeast & sesame seeds. Many GlutenFree foods contain the things she is allergic too so her food choices just had to change. But she was recently diagnosed with EoE from her lastest endoscopy after being  sick with horrible acid.  Go have more testing with a GI doctor that is current with celiac disease and it's many different symptoms. Knowledge is a powerful weapon and you need to try and stay positive. You have many people who you can turn to and a big Celiac family that is always ready to listen & help where they can! Welcome to the forum 👍🏻
    • Hi Janst, It might help to simplify your diet.  Eliminate possibilities of gluten sneaking into your diet.  It's pretty easy to make mistakes with your diet when transitioning to gluten-free eating.  I suggest eating only whole foods for a 6 month period until you get used to things.  Cross contamination is another thing to look out for.  Shared peanut butter, butter, or other condiments can spread gluten in small amounts and make us sick.  Sometimes medicines or vitamins can have gluten, even teas and spices are possibilities.  Kissing a person who has eaten gluten recently can cause problems too. Keep trying because every time you make a mistake you learn something. You might want to try stopping all dairy for a while to see if that helps also. And welcome to the forum
    • I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last year in December. Right before Christmas. — I am no longer in contact with a family member after cancelling on going to a cookie exchange. Instead of being understanding, I got attitude about how I just don’t seem to want to attend any family functions. Anyway, fast forward… After a self inflicted relapse earlier this year (I just had to see if I had been misdiagnosed, how far I could push things…), I have been extremely careful about anything I eat, drink and even prepare for my husband. We have completely stopped eating out. I went through my kitchen and gave away or threw out all of my plastic containers. I am still getting sick, at least once every two weeks. I broke down in tears earlier. I am so fed up with feeling so awful. My house is a mess most of the time. I am not getting outside chores done. I am exhausted. I finally filed for intermittent FMLA because I am on the verge of being fired due to excessive absences. I suffer through many days at work as it is. I get home and don’t have the energy to do any chores. It’s all I can do to fix dinner. The weekend finally arrives and I have all of these tasks on my “To Do” list that need to be accomplished before bedtime on Sunday. Today ended up being a typical Saturday — I have apparently been glutened. So, I am not venturing out of the house to go grocery shopping. I have felt absolutely wretched. So, I will have to cram all of my chores into one day tomorrow. That is, if I am feeling better. I really don’t know what else to do. My Doctor has helped me as much as she can without sending me to see a GI doctor. Help please!!
    • I understand. Poor thing, made doubly rough because 13 is a really hard age even in the best of times. OK, at 13 she should show the damage in the biopsies. I didn't know if she was 2 or 3 yrs. old & in those cases sometimes they just plain haven't lived long enough to be damaged where the biopsies pick it up - it can be so patchy then.  Gosh, I'm really feeling for her & you both and I so want to say take her off gluten the moment the endoscopy is over but I'm afraid to say that b/c I've seen some pretty weird things go on that you would never expect. Docs can be so uninformed! Please let us know how things turn out & send your daughter some hugs from me and tell her I believe her. Please let her know that most of us had been told by doctors they think it's all in our heads, didn't believe us, blew us off so we know exactly how she feels. Remind her her pedi believes her & he's been more helpful than the GI has.  Press the GI for 6-8 biopsies but a bare minimum of 6.  {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
    • Most Online

    Newest Member