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Been Gluten Free For The Better Half Of 2-3 Years. Haven't Gained A Pound, Why? Help Me Out Here.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 06:19 PM

So About 3 years ago when i was 19 I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I've been gluten free for the better half of those 3 years have haven't gained a single pound, no matter what or how much gluten-free food i eat. I really just am tired of being underweight, I'm 22 and barely at 100 pounds, if my gluten-free diet doesn't work and I havent put on a pound, what can i do to make my body GAIN WEIGHT!??? I've been thin my entire life so I've probably had celiac disease for a long long time.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:47 PM

It's hard to say without more information.


1)  How tall are you?  Male or Female?

2)  Are you tracking your calories (e.g. food journal).

3)  Are you consuming enough food to meet your weight goals?

4)  Have you followed up with celiac disease testing to insure you are adhering to the diet?

5)  Do you have any food intolerances?

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:38 PM

Well (and she's swallowing her jealousy a bit!), how many calories are you taking in versus how many calories are you burning? Are you healthy otherwise? As cyclinglady notes, are there other issues in addition to celiac? Are you working actively to build muscle mass? And, are you the type who is naturally lean? Finally, have you talked to your doctor about this?


Eating gluten-free isn't a guarantee of gaining weight. There are a lot of factors. All bodies are different, but if you are worried, please talk to your doctor.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:35 AM

Have your villi healed?  Perhaps you are not absorbing the foods you eat.  You could do endoscopy to find this out.  I have my nutrient levels checked to see If they are being absorbed.  Have you also tried digestive enzymes to help break down your foods?


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