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Are There Any Other Celiacs That Are Overweight?


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#61 Guest_nini_*

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 05:27 AM

I'm an overweight celiac too. I wondered the same thing. How can I be overweight when I get sick from everything I eat and had constant chronic diarrhea? After going gluten-free I have lost quite a bit of weight, and went from a 22-24 to a size 16... I have hit a plateau and am sure it has something to do with feeding my sweet tooth with Gluten Free Pantry's goodies and Kinnikinick donuts and Pamela's brownies... Oh well! :rolleyes:
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Posted 17 April 2005 - 12:16 PM

I used to be about 80lbs overweight before gluten-free. I have to really watch the carbs and the portions of what I eat. I also have to exercise regularly. I gain weight really easy so I stay away from the gluten-free breads and pastas because they have too much carbs and less fiber. Plus they cost too much and don't taste that great. No sugary foods either.
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Started low-carb diet early 2004, felt better but not totally gluten-free. Went 100% gluten-free early 2005 and life has never been better.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 11:36 AM

Hi guys,

I'm not a diagnosed Celiac but live an 85% gluten-free life because I feel better when I don't eat wheat or gluten. The 15% is the things I just turn a blind eye to because I eat out a bit and never know what is in the food I'm eating.

I don't know if I'm a true celiac or just gluten sensitive, I'm guessing on the latter but you never know. My Mom and I both eat gluten-free and feel better for it.

BUT, I am going to have all the tests done as soon as I can. I'm about 130 pounds overweight and it's quite the challenge. I lost about 10 pounds when I cut out the gluten intially but gained it back and now I'm struggling to figure out how to eat the best.

But, Kat's post about the paleo diet made me think about my past dieting history and how good I felt doing strict low-carb so I'm going to dig out my copy of NeanderThin when I get home and see what I need to modify.

Thanks for this post and for your support, it's very needed especially when we don't have the typical celiac symptoms.
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 01:46 PM

Hi Everyone! I would not consider myself overweight, but since having this celiac thing (just diagnosed approx 3 weeks ago), I reach a certain weight and no matter how much I diet and exercise, I cannot seem to break that weight. After days of trying, it never fails that I get contaminated with gluten, which skyrockets my weight up again. I am so sick of this. I mean, I eat incredibly healthy, very low calorie meals and I stop eating each day at 4 pm to try to lose weight, but so far nothing has helped. My body feels as if it isn't breaking the foods down right. I don't know if anyone understands what I am feeling, but it is as if my metabolism is in slow motion. I was told i have a hypothyroid problem and I am taking medication for that, but I still don't feel like my metabolism is up to snuff. Anyone else with this problem?
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 01:58 PM

My suggestion would be this: you should eat smaller meals every three hours to keep your metabolism going. It might not be the best idea to stop eating at 4pm, if you are hungry again around 7, have a little snack, some cottage cheese, a yogurt, handful of nuts, just something small. I'm a health ed major and have done a lot of research on weight gain, and weight loss. If you exercise 30-60 min a day that's awesome. Weight training 3 times a week for 20-40 minutes will benefit you greatly. A pound of muscle burns 50 calories/day, a pound of fat burns 2 calories/day. So, by weight training, you will transform the fat into muscle, and the scale may tell you you're gaining weight...well, you are, muscle weighs more than fat, but do your clothes fit better, do you feel better? Don't go by the scale... Working closely with a trainer and a nutritionist may help you also. I hope I have helped you a little bit.
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 02:07 PM

After having a gluten attack and blowing up like Shamu's cousin, I will lose that weight very quickly, but then I get stuck at a weight and no matter how much I diet and exercise, my weight won't budge!!! I go to the specialist in a few days, so hopefully he can help me overcome this awful thought of being "fat" and still not getting to eat what I want!!
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 02:14 PM

I started weight training about 4 weeks ago and I have noticed a HUGE difference. I have gained weight but lost fat. I still do aerobic exercises like walking and bike riding a lot but that alone wasn't getting my body where I wanted it. You need to do the anaerobic exercises like weight training also. My body is starting to reshape in the way I want it to look. Still think those six-pack abs are going to take a long time.
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If all the world is indeed a stage and we are merely players then will someone give me the script because I have no f!@#$%^ clue as to what is going on!

What does not kill you makes you stronger.
Nobody cares about losers and quitters never win. If you fail with the cowards then what's the message you send?
Can't get it right, no matter what I do. Might as well be me and keep fu@$ing up for you. - Brian Thomas (Halloween, the greatest metal band ever!)

Ian Moore. Self diagnosed at 36 because the doctors were clueless.
Started low-carb diet early 2004, felt better but not totally gluten-free. Went 100% gluten-free early 2005 and life has never been better.

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 02:36 PM

I am a college basketball player and we do lift weights 3x a week, and I know muscle weighs more than fat, but I am still not satisfied with the way my body looks. I made it through all of the wonderful holidays with the body I worked so hard for, and then this celiac thing came on, and I just am not happy. I will try to keep my metabolism going throughout the day, that is a great point. Thank you for your help.
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Posted 15 May 2005 - 06:45 PM

I truly understand where you all are coming from. I had been on an exercise program closely monitored by a personal trainer and a nutritionist for years both being close friends. My routine consisted of lifting weights for 1 hour 3 times a week sometimes 4 and then doing cardio about 30-45 minutes 3 days a week with one day off. I kept doing this throughout my diagnosis of celiac disease but noticed that when I started doing the gluten-free diet I either wouldn't loose weight or I'd gain a little. This frustrated me cause I started thinking I was doing the wrong diet, that maybe the dr was wrong and I needed to my wheat bread and my oatmeal in the morning and do what I had been doing for years. I was what you call a clean eater (not white and no sugar) and no eating out. But after I was diagnosed I so depressed that I started eating things that I would never eat before. You know the chocolate bars that are gluten-free whatever I could find. Esp. that crappy bread and cookies they sell that are gluten free and you wind up eating the whole damn bag out of the frustration of your life change. We are all set in our ways and when our lives and structure get wrecked up and we have to make major changes in our lives we tend to get depressed about it and ruin what we've worked so for. Anyway, I've stuck to the gluten-free diet and had kept up with the workout routine your know changing it when your supposed to. I had notice that I would bloat up and feel bad and felt like I was spinning my wheels and wondered why I was doing all this exercise. One thing I did notice was then I would bloat up when I'd eat out or eat some kind of corn. So when I'm being really good and not eating corn tortillas or chips and salsa the scale starts coming down. If only I could stick to this and not let any other stresses in my life drive me not want to cook and eat out.
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 03:41 PM

:lol:

Thank you folks for an awesome thread (I hope it's all right for a gent to join in)

At age 50 I have been about 28 lb o/w for some years including before I went gluten-free.

(Until age 25, plus I was seriously emaciated)

Shal wait till I'm more settled then try and adapt the Slimming World programme - becme a postal member to see what it was.

Your posts are very inspiring.
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 11:05 AM

I do think perhaps our bodies are just being too darn efficient. I trained for a half marathon last fall before I was diagnosed and gained nearly ten pounds on a diet of less than 1800 calories, small meals throughout the day. People kept saying it was muscle and still do (since I haven't lost any since I stopped running due to energy), but if muscle makes me look like this, I don't want it. I can't fit in my pants! I went from size 6 pants before my wedding in August to size 10 pants by December.

It's so frustrating I want to cry. I have only been gluten-free for a week, and I keep getting on the scale, thinking maybe this is the key that will finally take this weird weight off. I got on this morning and had gained a pound. I am really not sure how to break my body out of being so efficient. If it keeps acting the way and my metabolism slows as I age, I won't be able to eat anything! I excercise 3-5 times a week, at least 3 of those times weight lifting is involved.

I will let you know if gluten-free helps in the next few months. I really don't know what else to do besides eat well and exercise. It doesn't make sense. I feel like a slob.
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 07:10 PM

Believe me, I feel your frustration. I gained 10 lbs in 10 days over Christmas Break last year and have still not been able to lose it. I walk 2 miles a day/5 times a week and also do aerobics or toning exercises. I am totally gluten free to my knowledge (not aware of any cross contamination, etc). My stomach normally looks like I'm 6 months pregnant. If I am having this much trouble being pre-menopausal, I fear what will happen to me when the big M finally does hit. I will look like a small blimp! I am so discouraged; my clothes don't fit and I am miserable much of the time from feeling uncomfortable. Am thinking of having a thyroid function test. I know everyone with a weight problem says their thyroid must not be working or it's a gland problem but at least I could rule that out as a culprit. Hang in there!
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Posted 26 June 2005 - 03:11 PM

These comments are very helpfu - thanks to everyone. Some more thoughts: When diagnosed, I immediately eliminated gluten and lost 75 pounds in about six months (like usual, more came off at first). Because I have multiple illnesses, I also have chemotherapy at about this time. I knew I'd gain a lot from that, and I did, but for some unknown reason it has not gone away. Can be very discouraging. Also have irritable bowel syndrome, with strongest emphasis on the constipation. It is much worse due to necessary pain medication. Because I don't get much in the way of whole grains due to Celiac, it is harder to deal with than usual. Because medication for rheumatoid arthritis has almost destroyed my kidneys, I have to be extremely cautious about laxatives. I eat lots and lots of fresh veggies and fruit. Any other ideas?
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Posted 26 June 2005 - 03:33 PM

I think it makes a great deal of sense that Celiacs are overweight, even though we are often greeted with skepticism by doctors. If the body does not use its food as fuel because of gluten consumption, why wouldn't it get stored as fat? Our bodies can only get rid of so much of it in other ways. Any other theories about this?
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Posted 26 June 2005 - 03:35 PM

Try eating buckwheat and flaxseed meal. They taste good and have lots of protien and fiber. Those two keep things moving along. I lost most of my weight pretty quickly but I still have some love handles that aren't going to go without a fight. That last 5-10 pounds still has a death grip on my waist.

I once read that when the body is in distress it will store fat and water to help combat the problem.
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If all the world is indeed a stage and we are merely players then will someone give me the script because I have no f!@#$%^ clue as to what is going on!

What does not kill you makes you stronger.
Nobody cares about losers and quitters never win. If you fail with the cowards then what's the message you send?
Can't get it right, no matter what I do. Might as well be me and keep fu@$ing up for you. - Brian Thomas (Halloween, the greatest metal band ever!)

Ian Moore. Self diagnosed at 36 because the doctors were clueless.
Started low-carb diet early 2004, felt better but not totally gluten-free. Went 100% gluten-free early 2005 and life has never been better.


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