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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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I have been gluten free for over three years now and am doing great, except that I am at an all time fat. I joined a gym and work out three times a week. I am eating the same food, but amaller portions. After two months I haven't lost an ounce, and I'm not losing inches either. My trainer has no clue why. What do y'all think? Is this wierd or norman?

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what are you eating?? there's so much room for variation while still being gluten free.. when i first went gluten free- i probably put on 5 pounds because i must have eaten every single gluten free dessert that i could find.

hard to tell- everyone is different- i can stay slender on a high protein, low or no carb diet... but others are best on a vegetarian diet...

also- have u been to your doc to test everything else? vitamin deficiencies, thyroid, adrenals... ???

are you eating corn??? corn can cause insulin resistance in some. some are just fine with it... but think about it- they feed corn to cows to make them fat.

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Ditto the previous post. You might have underlying issues like thyroid. If that is not the case, you may have insulin resistance meaning you are sensitive to sugars and starches in your diet. Have you ever tried a low carb, whole foods, diet? How do you do on Meat & Salads? Eggs & green veggies? That type of food. You might want to try it for a month and see what happens. You are certainly getting enough exercise.

Hope it works!

FooGirlsMom

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I'm in the same boat (trying to figure out gluten problem)....I count every calorie and work out all the time and still...nada...i'm even gaining I have no idea what is going on. they have ruled out thryid for me (but I am going to ask my doc to be sure to test EVERY thyroid hormone to be sure). VERY frustrating. i used to drop weight pretty rapidly (if i put on 5 pounds, by the end of the week, poof it was gone....not anymore. it's not age as i'm in my 20s eating less working out more, should mean weight loss right?!

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All these months later I still have the same problem. I am not obese, but I do need to lose about 20 pounds. I have tried Atkins for 2 months (lost nothing) I have tried low fat (nothing) . I refuse to give up my one nightly cocktail, but surely that isn't the problem. I am getting very frustrated.

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Consider other food allergies.

This can keep you from losing weight and having a lot of inflammation.

You could be allergic to something you eat every day.

Other posts on here about elimination diets.

Some people have to cut out all the top allergens in order to find out.

It's really hard to do, but it might be worth it to you.

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Definitely look into other food allergies...every time I take something out..dairy, corn, rice, etc..I lose a 10-20 pounds...I dropped soda and I look 1/3 smaller even though I only lost 8 pounds.

I would also recommend watching a documentary called 'Fat Head' currently streaming instantly on NetFlix....scary...very scary but he delivers it in a humorous way...but still scary. I must have said 'exactly.' 103 times while watching it...many of his points and his research match what is said in these forums everyday.

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Another thought: have you tried counting your calories for several weeks and doing a food diary? This can help you see why you might not be losing weight with different variables. I worked out 3-4 times a week, trained for a half marathon, and thought I ate small portions. :ahem: I gained weight. I blamed it on thyroid -- which is a valid concern for you. I'm not convinced I don't have a thyroid issue, even now. But when I got serious about watching the actual amounts of what I was eating and keeping a food diary, I was astonished at how much I was eating -- all organic and healthy, no HFCS, or anything like that. But woof...too much food for a small person. Now that I'm watching it, I've lost 30 lbs, feel much better and have more energy.

A food diary would also help you spotlight if it is another food allergy, in addition to making you focus on how much you are eating. Between the two, you should be able to figure out what is going on, or at least have more detailed info to tell a doctor. Something is definitely not right.

Good luck -- I know how frustrating this can be.

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I've had the same problem for a year now and was working out hard 5 days a week training for a triathlon...could not lose a lb. My trainer thought I was not eating enough so I upped my calories for 6 months. I did end up losing 2 lbs. by doing that, but recently took out dairy and caffeine and lost 5 lbs in a month. I'm still bloated and rotating foods to find out if I'm allergic to anything else...I believe soy is now a problem for me.

Good luck finding a solution...I know how tough it is when your working out and not losing weight!

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I have the same problem. I've gained 25 lbs in the past 6 mths and it's killing me! I've never had a weight problem before. At first I thought it was b/c of a food change, I actually ate healthier before b/c I bought everything low fat, now I have to trade that for gluten-free, and we all know that means high carbs,sugar, and fat.

I cut down to rarely eating those gluten-free treats, eating less in general, and working out at least 3-4x a week and I have only lost a fluctuating 3-5 lbs. The most difference the scale has shown has been 5 lbs, but it usually goes back up a couple lbs and back down.

I've been on this better kick for 2 months and I'm getting no results.

I also thought it was my thyroid and was told by the doctor today actually that my thyroid was normal. I was kinda hoping there was something wrong with it so there would at least be a REASON for this rapid weight gain for no reason.

UGH! I feel your pain.

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But when I got serious about watching the actual amounts of what I was eating and keeping a food diary, I was astonished at how much I was eating -- all organic and healthy, no HFCS, or anything like that. But woof...too much food for a small person. Now that I'm watching it, I've lost 30 lbs, feel much better and have more energy.

A food diary would also help you spotlight if it is another food allergy, in addition to making you focus on how much you are eating. Between the two, you should be able to figure out what is going on, or at least have more detailed info to tell a doctor. Something is definitely not right.

Good luck -- I know how frustrating this can be.

Good points. I actually went to Catholic grade school and the nuns would stand over us and say "Eat everything on your plate!" even if we were full. So what did we do, we kept eating. It was hard to lose that idea in our heads.

Now a days, I just stop when I'm full. Even if that means that you throw the rest away or wrap it up for further consumption.

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Check out the movie "Fathead" on HULU to better understand the role of carbs and insulin resistance as it pertains to fat loss. Granted, the style of delivery may not suit many but once you get into the thing you begin to understand his delivery. I was getting more and more overweight before my DX and when I went replacement diet gluten-free didn't lose any weight. I eat many fewer carbs and no grains at all now and just have very little body fat now. I eat tons of eggs and fatty foods but have been staying away from vegetable oils .. and that was before I ever saw this movie.

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a food diary may help. I like using livestrong.com, they have a myplate feature where you can log in all of your food and your exercise. I have been doing that for over a month now and I have lost 10 pounds, and noticeable thinning. Right now I think I might be plateauing though... I haven't lost any weight for the last week and a half. I work out 6 days a week and eat under 1200 calories a day.

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Check out the movie "Fathead" on HULU to better understand the role of carbs and insulin resistance as it pertains to fat loss. Granted, the style of delivery may not suit many but once you get into the thing you begin to understand his delivery. I was getting more and more overweight before my DX and when I went replacement diet gluten-free didn't lose any weight. I eat many fewer carbs and no grains at all now and just have very little body fat now. I eat tons of eggs and fatty foods but have been staying away from vegetable oils .. and that was before I ever saw this movie.

CS

Chasbari -- I just watched "Fathead." I've heard this info before, but being reminded made me really think. I'm fascinated by learning more about this -- it's the old Atkin's diet theory, more or less, and South Beach just upped the ante with the additional low-fat/skim routine. In fact, I might start a thread on it just to get some feedback as to other's thoughts.

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I think the thing that really stuck with me is the overwhelming presence of metabolic syndrome. I watched a nephew go through onset of severe diabetes this past summer and the mechanics of how that could happen as explained in the movie made so much sense to me. I find myself thinking in retrospect of how my celiac disease was manifesting in weight gain the worse I got. I was certainly eating lots of carbs in the late stages before DX. Once off of them my morphological transition was rapid and almost scary. Having lived it, the movie makes a lot of sense to me. They throw a little curve ball at HFCS when he talks about drinking "buckets of high fructose corns syrup." He certainly doesn't mince words with his dry sardonic delivery... it's funny if you give it a chance.

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