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Ugh. I work out with a trainer and we are stumped. I have totally plateaued. I eat tons of protein, exercise lifting the heaviest weights I can, do interval training, take all kinds of supplements designed to boost your metabolism (CLA, green tea) get lost of sleep, pretty low carb yadda yadda yadda and I cannot get past this weight and body fat% point. Now, I am not "fat" but I am irritated that I am working so hard with no new results. Has anyone found this? Is my body hoarding calories from years of undiagnosed Celiac? I was only diagnosed 18 months ago at the age of 42 after thinking that I was going to die. I should be way more fit and muscular than I am.

My other thought is that I am taking an anti depressant (that I am weaning myself off of, which is a fresh hell unto itself). It didn't cause me to gain weight, but can they screw up your metabolism? I am so frustrated.

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Besides changing your workout patterns and your eating patterns, you may just be at a place that your body is happiest with. If you haven't changed how you're using your body in the past two or three months, though, I'd certainly try that. Also checking on your stress level, as cortisol can keep you hanging on to fat. (This is physical AND mental stress, so working *too* hard may be counterproductive.)

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Hmmm things to consider:

1) have you actually checked all your vitamin, minerals, trace, amino acids etc? Most of these have a bigger effect than what we think. Lots of these things end up regulating our hormones, so if they're not optimal, then that could be affecting your fat loss / muscle gain. Vitamin D is a great example. It's actually a hormone, not a vitamin and regulates various things throughout the body, including weight gain / loss. Get everything checked out and try to bring everything up to scratch. For some vitamins, the low end of the "normal" range will be too low for you, and particularly if you're active.

2) You say you're going "low carb". Good overall strategy and it works great to start with but it can plateau quite quickly. Have you considered "cycling" them (i.e carbs)? Often, when we start running low on our carb storage (an empty tank), we stop losing weight or fat. Sometimes you might have to have a cheat day once a week or so. Also, you could stick to very low carb on the days you do cardio, and on the days you do weight training or resistance training, you could have more carbs on that day, particularly at breakfast, pre workout and post workout. This should keep your (carb) tank at a nice even level between empty and full, which is ideal for burning fat.

3) Hormones. If your hormones are working against you, it can cause you to stop stop losing fat. Our body likes being stable and our hormones are the ideal for keeping it that (they don't like change). So essentially, get enough sleep, enough water, de stress less and re check your magnesium levels. This is something you should read up on and check into if the above two don't work.

Tarnalberry may have a point, what body fat percentage are you at? You may have reached the point that is right for you.

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I feel your pain. I have spent lots of money on supplements and trained like an olympic athelete-to no avail. It wasnt until recently I started seeing a little progress, after being mostly gluten free for a couple months. I changed my workout a bit too-I am doing more weights and less cardio.

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I have been gluten free for 2 weeks and I noticed that I am losing fate but not weight. I have been walking every 2-3 days but then I need 2 days to recover. Aside from gluten, I also have an issue with eggs, soy, casein, corn products, potatoes, all canned and processed foods and the only meat I can tolerate is steak. How can I lose weight and build muscle on this strict diet?

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I'd suggest counting calories and/or reducing what you are eating. I've been pretty active for a long time and only recently started dropping weight but it's correlated with fewer calories. Be real careful of portion size and how much you are eating in the process. Even if you are eating the 'right stuff', you won't start dropping if you're consuming too much of it. Try a food journal to keep track, it helps. Good luck.

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I suggest cutting sugar. Since I did that, I have lost all my fat.

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Such a tough question--how can one lose weight? It's affected by so many things. You are doing lots that should help. Beyond that, here are my thoughts:

1. Now that you've been gluten-free for 18 mos, it's possible that your gut is finally healed (it can take 2 years, they say) and you're absorbing your nutrients through your gut adequately for the first time in your life. This is good, because you're finally absorbing the vitamins, etc. that you need. But it also means you're a set up for weight gain.

2. Work to reduce stress--Stress makes you secrete cortisol, which triggers your body to hold onto fat--especially belly fat. All the literature says do meditation daily--it's great for decreasing cortisol production.

3. Accept that it's going to be a battle for you--in middle age, our metabolisms slow down and it's harder to lose weight.

4. Cardio, cardio, cardio! This is where the fat is burned. Mix it up--try Crossfit, or spinning, or anything that is high intensity

5. Think about a time when you were losing weight successfully. What are you doing differently now? Were you keeping a food or calorie journal then and you've quit that? There may be something you changed that accounts for your current plateau. Go back to your methods when you were successful--they mayhelp you again.

You sound very motivated--hang onto that! Good luck!

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I also wanted to add to make sure your thyroid levels are normal. They go hand in hand with celiac. My dd has low thyroid and celiac.

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I think that it's also important to take noted of your diet and you may need to change your workout plan. I also need to make certain adjustments especially when I feel like my regular plan is no longer effective.

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the advice to change up your workout and maybe up cardio could be good. what is your exact training schedule?

also sleep a lot.

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I'm not sure of your gender, but if you are female you might consider that you are possibly entering a pre-menopausal period. At that time, our metabolisms go heywire. Weight loss becomes very difficult. This could also contribute to your need for the anti depressants. You might want to discuss this with your gynecologist as well as your GI doctor.

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Now, I am not "fat"...

That could be your answer. Maybe your body has found a comfortable and healthy point, and doesn't want to lose any more. Is your BMI in a healthy range?

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I realize this post is now 8 mo. old and the OP may not need help but I noticed NO ONE answered her question regarding the anti-depressant he/she was taking and that bothered me because from what I've learned the answer could be "yes", but that would depend on which a/d it was, some can actually help weight loss. But since several SSRI a/d contain fluoride, which has a suppressive effect on the thyroid by virtue of blocking iodine absorption, perhaps taking supplemental iodine could (or could've been of) help in this situation.

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Some good advice here, early 40's, can't gain muscle or lose fat, ask about your testosterone levels.

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Hi guys, i am 52. I had 3 months of huge stomach pain before being diagnosed with celiac. I just changed my way of training and feel so much better i stopped all supplements, creatine and over the counter, i control all my food, mainly salads, lentils ( for proteins ), chicken and fish. I changed also my exercise a bit like Mike Chang says : few rest, not so long, push ups and so on...

I am so happy and really wil never ever go back to my previous life. Many people complain because they can not eat that or that, they forget that many sport men now go gluten free for the sake of exercise itself....I lost 7 kgs, i see my abs, i feel lighter and i dont care when people drink a beer or have cake. I dont envy them. I am happy of my new life. Hope you can get also te same results, just what u need is .. a iron will and good mood.

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Ugh. I work out with a trainer and we are stumped. I have totally plateaued. I eat tons of protein, exercise lifting the heaviest weights I can, do interval training, take all kinds of supplements designed to boost your metabolism (CLA, green tea) get lost of sleep, pretty low carb yadda yadda yadda and I cannot get past this weight and body fat% point. Now, I am not "fat" but I am irritated that I am working so hard with no new results. Has anyone found this? Is my body hoarding calories from years of undiagnosed Celiac? I was only diagnosed 18 months ago at the age of 42 after thinking that I was going to die. I should be way more fit and muscular than I am.

My other thought is that I am taking an anti depressant (that I am weaning myself off of, which is a fresh hell unto itself). It didn't cause me to gain weight, but can they screw up your metabolism? I am so frustrated.

Considering changing your workout to running only. It's the single most powerful exercise to loose weight and it worked well for me and my friends. Good luck and think positive!

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ive been having this problem of fatigue/low carb. im trying to add denser gluten free starchy carbs like potatoes, rice. so far its been helping with my constipation and my muslces feel like they have more energy.

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I have have been living with celiac for about 6 years now. I lost a TON of weight when I first became gluten free and am pretty lean now. I've noticed when I begin to plateau and just aren't seeing results anymore it is always because I have changed something in my diet and that product is not gluten free enough for me. I would just re-check your diet, maybe cut things out, and see if that helps you. It always does the trick for me!

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Considering changing your workout to running only. It's the single most powerful exercise to loose weight and it worked well for me and my friends. Good luck and think positive!

Or cycling - because it's low impact and you'll be able to do more of it. Running is better for losing weight as weight-bearing but easy to get injured. If I were you I'd mix the two.

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If I could 'weigh' in here - try to hit some weights a couple times a week.

Working/building muscle helps keep the metabolism going strong. More muscle means a higher basal metabolism. After lifting some weights you get a bit of an afterburn effect - metabolism stays up for a few hours afterwards. Weight training also helps ensure that more of your weight loss is fat as opposed to muscle.

Most important thing is to find activities you like or you won't stick with it. Good luck.

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The antidepressant could have been working against you the entire time by not letting you lose weight. Same thing as causing weight gain.

I've never been down as low as I had been before starting antidepressants. Like typical depressed people and classic celiac patients, I lost a fair bit of weight. Antidepressants made me gain, and I too remember it being frustrating because the one point in my life where I actually worked out regularly and pushed myself, I still gained.

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    • Hi everyone, I've been reading this forum sporadically and have some questions of my own. I'm in my 40s and was diagnosed with celiac last December by biopsy and blood work after months of tests by my primary and then a gastro. My husband, around the same age as me, was dx'd with stage 4 cancer a month later, so admittedly it's took me longer than I'd have liked to learn about celiac. Now I feel pretty on top of my diet. I mostly make my own food - proteins and veggies, with some certified gluten-free snacks in the mix - and am pretty strict about what I will/won't eat at friend's houses or in restaurants (I prefer to go to dedicated gluten-free kitchens whenever possible). I'm doing okay on the diet, but still getting glutened every so often, usually when I let me guard down outside the home. I also periodically see my primary and a naturopath (who happens to have celiac!), but still, I have many questions if anyone would care to answer:

      -FATIGUE. I'm still so tired, fatigued so much of the time. My doctors blame this on the stress of my husband's diagnosis and my periodic trouble sleeping. But even during weeks where I'm sleeping enough (8-10 hrs a day), eating right, exercising as I can, trying to keep stress at bay, I'm still so bleeping tired. Maybe not when I wake up, but by late afternoon. Often my legs even feel weak/wooden. Has anyone else experienced greater fatigue early on after being diagnosed? This will pass, yes? I know I could cut out the sweets and that could help, but also, being a caregiver is hard and sometimes it's nice to eat your feelings between therapy sessions.  

      -SYMPTOMS CAUSED BY FATIGUE? Sometimes I'll have other "feels like I've been glutened" symptoms if I haven't gotten enough sleep, though I'm trying so hard to sleep at least 8 hours a night these days. Hasn't happened in a while thankfully, but there was a point this summer where my insomnia was bad and my arms were achy and I had some crazy flank/back pain I'd never experienced before. For weeks. Doctor ordered me to sleep sleep sleep, taking Benedryl if needed. I did, and the symptoms went away, but weird, yes? Has this happened to you? I ask because I want to make sure I'm getting all strange pains tested to the full extent if there's a chance it's something other than celiac. I do sometimes still feel that strange side stitch after a CC incident.

      -SKIN PROBLEMS. I have had a smidge of eczema since I was a teen and it - and the dermatitis herpetiformis I've acquired with my dx - are out of control right now. I recognize the connection with stress, but also, has anyone found any great natural remedies for DH to stop the itching? I've tried so many useless ointments and medicated creams, a number of them given to my by a dermo months ago. I see my naturopath this week, but thought I'd ask here too.

      -MOSTLY gluten-free KITCHEN GOOD ENOUGH? My husband is supportive of my diet and mostly eats gluten free meals with me, but we still keep a gluten-y toaster for him and the gluten-y dog food in a corner of the kitchen and he still makes the occasional meal with gluten for himself on his own cookware (ravioli, pizza, mac n cheese, etc). Or sometimes I make eggs/toast and the like for him when he's too sick to move. Otherwise, we're militant about how we cook, which cookware we use, etc. He even has a kitchen nook off our den where he makes sandwiches. But sometimes I wonder if having two separate sponges in our shared-ish main kitchen is enough and I should just banish all gluten whatsoever from the kitchen. I can't be the only one with a mixed kitchen, right? How do you do it if you have a mixed-eating family?

      Thank you so much!  
    • Hang in there!  Count your blessings.  Do something you like to do and relax. I know that is hard to do as a young mother (as I sit here in the kitchen sipping coffee quietly as my teenager is sleeping in after a late football game last night where she marched in 90 degree plus weather in full uniform).   But seriously, take a few minutes to relax!  
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    • Sorry, but this product (supplement) is not even certified gluten free.   Seems odd that a product geared to Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance would not take the extra step of getting certified.   I guess I am a Nervous Nellie, especially after the reports that several probiotics were contaminated with gluten.   https://celiac.org/blog/2015/06/probiotics-your-friend-or-foe/
    • Thank you for posting that. I've had a lot of that bloodwork done and everything is normal. At the peak of this belly bug I had blood work done and my white count was fine. I think it's just my health anxiety scaring me into thinking this is something scarier (to me) than celiac. Maybe the anxiety will subside once I go gluten-free. The anxiety is brutal.
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