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#1 HappyBunnyGirl1

 
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 09:37 PM

I am 21 but I thought it would be better if I posted this here. I have been on gluten-free diet for exactly 6 months now, and all my symptoms have improved, except gaining weight. I am 5'7 and only weigh 99lbs, my weight has not changed since high school, although (thank god!) I don't look as skinny as I used to because I've been doing yoga. I eat 5 meals a day plus snacks in between, I take vitimins and those protein shakes, and I have not put any weight on at all, I am always just sitting at 100lbs. I've had heaps of blood tests and other tests and they always come back normal and my periods are totally normal and everything else about me is normal, so the doctors explination is that I should see weight gain within the next few years, he said something about how my intestine was healing and when it did I would start to gain, but its been 6 months now on gluten-free diet and there is no change in weight!!!!!!. Well my mom was this weight until she hit 23, so maybe it runs in my family?, or maybe there is still something wrong with my body that the doctors are not picking up!?. I also thought that maybe since I read that celiacs disease stops you from reaching the height and weight you were really meant to be, maybe I just wont grow anymore :( I am really frustrated and I don't know what else I can eat to fatten up, I really don't want to weigh this much in 5 years!, I look about 17 as it is! :o anyone had any experince with this? thanks!.
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#2 KaitiUSA

 
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 05:16 AM

Some people have a fast metabolism and in order to gain weight you have to eat alot more then usual. If you have 2000 calories and are staying the same weight try having 2500 calories. I lost weight before I was diagnosed and when I went gluten-free I gained most of it back...but it did take a little bit of time. Also make sure nothing is sneaking in. Some lipsticks have wheat starch, watch out for shampoos and lotions as well. Try Ensure Plus. I have been drinking that to help gain more weight and for me it works. It's 350 calories for 1 cup of it. The best flavor is Butter Pecan over ice...with it warm it tastes bad. I have a fast metabolism to and it took me about 7-8 months after going gluten-free to finally get my weight back. Hope this helps :D
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 05:59 PM

thanks alot for your reply!. I do eat that many calories a day, I eat like a horse, plus I love whats available as gluten-free junk food :huh: Its possible I do have a fast metabolism, I try not to exercise except for yoga, because I don't want to work any calories off. As far as I know all the makeup I use does not contain gluten and I am not taking any medicine with gluten in it, I really am very gluten free :D So I am really at an ends trying to figure out why I can't gain, Maybe its going to take a few more months and I just have to be patient :rolleyes: :) One more question though, is Rye bread gluten free? or Rye is made out of wheat? I'm confused, my mom wants me to try Rye bread because she thinks its gluten free, the bread I currently eat says GLUTEN FREE on it, Rye bread does not, so I am kinda thinking I should not eat it, Thanks.
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 06:06 PM

Rye is a very big no no. Not only can we not have wheat but we can't have rye, barley, or oats.

If you have a fast metabolism even if you eat alot if you aren't gaining means you should eat more or there could be something maybe holding you back. Give it some more time. It took me a while to get my weight back. I gained about 15 pounds back and I have a very fast metabolism to. Ensure Plus really helped me and I still drink it to keep weight on and possibly gain some more so you might want to look into that. Also peanut butter is high in calories as well. If you are following the diet and eating alot you should be on your way :D For some people it takes longer than others it varies from person to person. If you need any more help you can post or PM me and I can help ya if I can :D good luck
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 04:43 AM

thanks alot for your help!. I am going to have a look for Ensure Plus tomorrow :) I forgot to mention I have been drinking those powder protien drinks for about a month now *pukes* they taste like crap but are supposed to really help you gain, because body builders use them and in a matter of weeks gain weight....hopefully I can start to see weight gain really soon, if I don't gain anything within 2 months or so, then I guess I have bigger problems then I thought :huh:
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 04:54 AM

If you are eating alot and doing what you need to do don't sweat it. I was so uptight and wanted to gain weight so bad and it just delayed me from gaining weight. Once I wasn't so fixed on gaining it it gradually started to come. Sounds to me like you are doing a good job and are on the right track just keep it up and eat alot of fatty and high calorie foods and you'll see a change eventually :D
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 10:02 AM

Also, sticking with high caloric density foods can help you put on weight. Nuts, dried fruit, and avocados in particular are calorie dense as well and nutrient dense.
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#8 HappyBunnyGirl1

 
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Posted 07 February 2005 - 04:10 AM

Thanks guys, I will try nuts, unfortunatly I can't have dried fruits because I am allergic to the sulfer in them, I go into a coughing fit :( I got some Ensure Plus this morning, tastes better then those protien drinks thats for sure :D Will let you know how its going, thanks again :)
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Posted 03 March 2005 - 08:39 PM

Man, I wish I needed to gain :D. It's funny I never realized how hard it is for some people to gain weight. I've always been one of the "fat" celiacs, but actually since going gluten-free, I have lost about 18 pounds in 2 months.

Anyways, as weird as it sounds, have you tried letting yourself eat like 2 gluten-free candy bars a day? Or something like that? I know that always will put weight on me.

Good luck.

If I could I would totally give you some of my fat :)

Hope this is (somewhat) helpful,
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Posted 12 March 2005 - 11:08 PM

Man, I wish I needed to gain . It's funny I never realized how hard it is for some people to gain weight. I've always been one of the "fat" celiacs, but actually since going gluten-free, I have lost about 18 pounds in 2 months.


:rolleyes: I know how you feel. i cant even imagine being 100 pounds (well considering im a guy and over 6' tall) but still.

Anyways, yeah, i'd say go with nuts and meats, they work as a high density but heathly calories. Keep it balanced with fruits and veggies, and dont over-eat. The quick poundage is nice in the short, but what is really nice is the weight put on by good food and exercise. At least i think so :P
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Posted 13 March 2005 - 04:42 AM

HappyBunnyGirl1, Have you been avoiding ALL gluten or just wheat gluten? If you haven't also been checking for rye, barley, oats and all the things they're in such as spelt, triticum, and malt, it would make sense that you wouldn't be gaining weight. Once your intestines heal, you should start to gain--well, some don't, but as a general rule--have you also been checking into questionable ingredients, such as modified food starch, and natural and artificial flavorings? Make sure you're 100% gluten-free in terms of food, medicine (such as aspirin), and the little things that could set you back (such as toothpaste).
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I might as well post my triumph here :)--since the surg. on the 14th, I've gained nearly 8 pounds (about 2 pounds a week)! This is the highest I've ever been, so I'm really happy. Also, I want to apologize in advance for boasting of my weight gain in a thread about difficulty with it. It's just that I'm not going to go into school and tell everyone, "I gained 2.4 pounds last week!" This is where I share this stuff :)
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Posted 13 March 2005 - 04:53 AM

celiac3270- don't apologize it's a good thing that you have been gaining weight. Even though months ago I got back to a normal weight I am still gaining weight too which is fine with me :D I could use a few more. Always share stuff here its the place to do it.
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 06:15 AM

hi guys, I'm back :D well I actually forgot my password and then was to busy to get online etc, you know how it goes ;) Sorry for taking this long to get back to everyones questions, and thanks for all your answers. Well I have NOT gained 1lb since the last time I posted, and I am not loosing any weight either thank god. I have made sure to cut out ALL gluten from my diet, I am so very very carefull with not eating gluten because of the stomach aches I get from it, so I know when I have had gluten, cause I'll feel it :( Well I am thinking maybe I have a thyroid problem or something, because it just don't make sense why I am not gaining ANY weight and stay at that weight. I havent been to the doctors for a few months :rolleyes: I never get sick, never get colds, I've a good immune system, so my doctors appointments are dramatically reduced because of that. But I'll get around to that doctors appointment this month. One thing I have gained is a bit of muscle from yoga, not sure if I mentioned that already, but that helps alot, although it don't pack on the pounds :( very confusing :unsure:
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 06:24 AM

If you have a fast metabolism that can also make it hard to gain weight...people with fast metabolisms have to have alot more calories in order to gain and maintain weight.
Also, thyroid disorders can cause problems with gaining weight too.
The good thing is that you haven't lost any more weight which is great!! Keep working on it and I'm sure it will come. :D
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 07:04 AM

I also had trouble gaining my weight back since I was underweight when I was diagnosed. I am now just about 2-4 pounds above being underweight, however, I seem to be stable so I am happy :)
Around my diagnosis and for quite a while after, I drank a ton of boost (all flavors are gluten free, except Chocolate Malt) and I still drink them once and a while. You can get boost extra calories and extra protein which should help with weight gain. I know that those energy drinks say that they replace a meal, but when I drink boost, I usually drink it with a meal, this should also help with weight gain. Also, here are some foods/condiments that should help you gain weight: eggs, meat, nuts, butter/margerine, Mayonnaise/Miracle Whip, Peanut Butter, Cheese (if you can have dairy), Honey

Here are some meal ideas:

Breakfast:
- bacon, eggs, gluten-free toast with margerine, and a piece of fruit

Lunch:
- Tuna/Chicken salad sandwiches - 1 cup celery, 2 tablespoons miracle whip (Kraft will not hide gluten), 1 can tuna (or chicken equivalent), gluten-free bread (toasted is better), dash of pepper, a few slices of cheddar cheese
- Boost/Ensure -Whatever you prefer

Supper:
- Steak (I use gluten-free Kraft BBQ sauces), potatoes, and other veggies, if you like broccoli try melting cheddar cheese on top.
- Salad (I use gluten-free Kraft dressings)

Snacks:
- nuts
- cheddar cheese and red grapes
- rice cakes and peanut butter
- french fries

If you DO decide to try a high calorie/fat diet make sure you consult your doctor and/or nutritionst. Some of these foods are not good for people with heart disease, diabetes, or other medical conditions.

Hope this helps! :D
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