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When You First Went Gluten Free, Did You Lose Weight?


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#16 Poppi

 
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:57 PM

I lost 10 pounds in the first 2 weeks and then stabilized at 129. After years and years of my weight swinging wildly between 125 and 150 it hasn't budged in 3 months now.
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Busy mom to 3 great kids (4, 8 and 18)

Gluten free since April 6, 2011 ~ Also sensitive to coconut, coffee and food dyes

Joint pain, mouth sores, back and neck pain, migraines, stomach pain, chronic fatigue, ADD and depression are all gone.
Wishing I had been diagnosed before celiac robbed me of the cartilage in my toes and the 3 babies we lost to miscarriages.


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#17 deinanthe

 
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:59 PM

Yes, I lost weight after being diagnosed last year. Anyway, I'm down about 20 and still losing gradually, which is great because I have it to spare and am very happy to lose a healthy pound or two a week. Back when I was still having gluten and unaware of the whole celiac thing, I think the biggest thing that brought on my weight gain was that I would get nauseous if I got hungry. The hungrier I was, the more nauseous I was, to the point of getting sick to my stomach. Needless to say, I didn't let myself get hungry if I could help it. And for some reason, that made me gain weight. ;)
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#18 Bubba's Mom

 
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:34 PM

Losing weight without trying was the first symptom my PCP took as real. I had lost 20 lbs. in just a few months.
I was diagnosed on June 28th of this year and have been trying to eat things that are healthy. I'm still losing weight. I didn't know if was due to malabsorption..or lack of breads/cookies/ etc. in my diet? I mostly eat fruits and veggies, and meat, some rice.
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#19 T.H.

 
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:35 PM

I always think I lost more than I did (keep messing up my actual weight with how much I lost, LOL), but looking to make sure I'm not screwing up...

I lost 50 pounds in the first 6 months (I was about 50 pounds overweight, though). Over the next few months, it fluctuated between about 5 pounds, up or down, and then finally dropped another 10 pounds within 5 months.

Since then, we think we've figured out the pattern. If I get glutened frequently, my weight starts to climb, no matter what I eat or how many calories. If I don't eat gluten, my weight drops rapidly into 'woo hoo skinny!' and stabilizes there. But if I eat any of the foods we realized I am allergic to, then my weight keeps dropping (lots of D) and the weight doesn't stabilize.

I got too skinny, really, until we figured everything out. I've gained a little from my lowest weight, at this point. :-)
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#20 mamabear272

 
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:43 AM

Who would have ever guessed I was fat due to malnourishment?! :P


I feel the same way! I never would have guessed (nor would anyone else) that I was malnourished!

I re-started Weight Watchers in Jan and from then till my dx in June I lost 7 lbs. When I got dx, I dropped 6 lbs in 3 weeks. I think I've put some on in the last couple of weeks but that's cause I spent some time eating gluten-free junk! I'm starting back today using WW simply filling plan. It consists of "power foods" which are fruits, veggies, lean meats, fat free milk, etc.
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#21 Brooksbelle

 
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:19 AM

3 weeks in and down 7 pounds without even trying. My appetite has stabilized; before going gluten-free I always felt this weird mix of bloating/nausea/hunger all the time. I still need to lose a few pounds too--so I'm happy about the weight loss. =)
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#22 CarolinaKip

 
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 11:26 AM

I had lost a lot of weight before going gluten-free. I didn't lose anymore once I went gluten-free. I started to gain 3 months gluten-free and now have gained 10 pounds. I needed to gain some of it back, but now trying to stable my weight. I don't eat a lot of gluten-free replacement foods or junk. I believe in treats every now and then :)
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#23 AmyE

 
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:36 PM

Unfortunately I have lost about 5 lbs which is alot being as I am already about 10lbs underweight. I want to gain some weight. I feel I am wasting away because so many foods cause me pain. It's ironic because I am a recovering anorexic and when I was mentally sick, I didn't want to eat over fear of gaining-----now it's not my mental state, but my physical state. Ain't life one giant irony!!!
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:38 PM

Didn't lose a pound! But I was a bit overweight before and still am although weight watchers is now helping with that.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:50 AM

I gained 10 lbs in the first two months (and wasn't trying to gain or lose) Now after 4 months gluten-free we are back to normal again.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 10:53 AM

On the contrary! I was diagnosed w/in 2 months of symptoms so there was no unexplained weight loss for me. And after I was diagnosed, I was so upset at all the food I could no longer have... I OD'd on all the foods (translate carbs) I could have and gained 40 lbs. in the first year!!
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#27 GlutenGladi8or

 
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 11:28 AM

I actually gained about 25 pounds. But they were 25 good (muscle) pounds. For years, my body was robbed of its ability to absorb the lean protein that I was consuming. That also goes for the multiple protein shakes that I was drinking.

While gaining those pounds I also was able to decrease my body fat percentage (hovers right around single digit these days).

I will admit, when the doctor first told me that I had Celiac and attached the word "disease" to it, my heart nearly stopped. But today, I feel blessed to live a gluten free lifestyle. I do NOT miss those empty wheat carbs at ALL. :)
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:07 PM

I will admit, when the doctor first told me that I had Celiac and attached the word "disease" to it, my heart nearly stopped. But today, I feel blessed to live a gluten free lifestyle. I do NOT miss those empty wheat carbs at ALL. :)


I was the same way! I was pretty freaked at first but now I embrace it. I pride myself on making gluten recipes gluten-free. It's like a game for me. And the fact that I feel so much better is amazing!
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gluten-free: 6/7/2011

#29 GlutenGladi8or

 
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 12:57 PM

I was the same way! I was pretty freaked at first but now I embrace it. I pride myself on making gluten recipes gluten-free. It's like a game for me. And the fact that I feel so much better is amazing!


I told a woman at the gym this morning that I had Celiac Disease. She said "oh... I'm SO sorry".

My reply "Don't be sorry for me, it's been nothing but smooth flying AND body building".
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 04:14 PM

I lost in the neighborhood of 35 pounds in the first two months gluten free. It was scaring my wife but I felt so much better. I was weak and skinny fat. I looked like a typical "healthy" American middle aged male before being diagnosed but I knew how weak I had become. It didn't help that I had rheumatoid arthritis as an excuse for my immobility, etc. I lost so much body fat that it revealed just what muscle mass I had left. Bottomed out in the low 130's. I was able to workout more and more as I healed and started to absorb nutrients. Contrary to what many contend here, I consume plenty of fats, including whole fat raw dairy and plenty of raw eggs. I am up to a very lean 150 pounds now and have never been stronger. The thing I noticed once I started adding fats like coconut oil and fatty meats was that I feel much younger uh.. shall we say.. hormonally. I eat a very low carb diet with a few servings of fresh fruit and a select group of non nightshade veggies and greens (turnip, mustard, collard.) I eat good sized meals every day and am finally not starving all the day long like I was at first.
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