Gained Weight Before Diagnosis
Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:37 AM
Did anyone else gain weight before they discovered gluten was the culprit? I have only been eating gluten-free for almost a week now and am trying to learn all I can about how to cook and how to live with this. And one of the things is that I'd like to get back down to my normal weight. I realize that diet and exercise are key components, but my mom had a friend and she lost weight without doing anything at all simply because her body was healing from the damage the gluten had done to her. She had Celiac's, but as far as tests confirm I do not, I simply have a gluten-intolerance.
I am just hoping that this will be one positive side to dealing with this issue. Just wanted to find people who live their lives this way because from a very beginner perspective, this is scary to me since I am completely lost on what to do and how to cook. And if I could lose all this weight I've gained it would help me feel a little bit better. :]
IBS- Feb. '09
Lactose-intolerant- Feb. '09
Gluten-intolerant (self-diagnosed)- May '12
Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:52 PM
Gluten Free since November 2010 and feeling fantastic!
(Mis)diagnosis with IBS in 2004
MSG and caffeine free since 2001
Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:57 AM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:17 AM
In the meantime, I went completely gluten free, because it made me feel better before. When I met with my new doctor some my symptoms were already clearing up, she told me that I should NEVER have gluten again. She was finally someone who understood and didn't think I was crazy. She also said that I was not tested properly, but did not see the need to retest because I was already feeling better with no gluten.
Anyways... that was a little over a month ago. I am now down to 150... I am not constantly feeling like I need to eat. Before I would feel sick to my stomach, but felt that bread or crackers would make me feel better. I was constantly eating. I even knew I wasn't hungry, but I felt that if I ate I might feel better. Wierd. I no longer feel that way.... I actually am surprised by how little I actually eat now.
I am hoping I will continue to lose some weight... but I am just happy that I don't feel like total crap all the time.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 06:24 AM
When my assignment was over (temp), I went to work in an office. Within 2 months, I gained 32 pounds. Not only that, but I felt awful all the time. I didnt do anything all day but I would go home exhausted beyong belief.
I went to the dr for a routine blood check (for my hypothyroidism) and my dr was concerned about my weight gain, combined with my blood work, all of my vitamin levels were really low. Even with the loss of excercise, my diet didnt change, and I wasnt eating more..my thyroid was ok but that was a LOT of weight to gain so fast so she had me checked for celiac disease, and then I went to a Specialist, had the Endo and here I am...
I am only 4 days gluten-free and I have lost 8 pounds. I know its due to how bloated I was, water retention, etc..but its amazing how much better I feel.
I hope that weight will keep coming off, but I will also be monitoring my intake, as well as adding some excercise in. Now that I will have more energy to actually MOVE, I hope it will allow me to continue losing weight. I am a good 60lbs overweight and looking to get rid of it.
Through research I have realized that it can go either way..I know Celiacs who are/were extremely under weight before diagnosis, but I also know others like myself who were/are overweight and were gaining steadily before diagnosed.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:11 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:34 AM
I gained weight, too, prior to diagnosis - I think mainly because I felt so crappy & my diet was so poor! I ate a lot of "convenience foods" and never was very active - I ached all the time and just was in poor health. Now I have been gluten free for some time, rarely eat premade gluten free foods & work out regularly & I have lots 40 lbs. I eat pretty much only fruits, vegetables & lean proteins and drink really only water & black coffee.
Newly diagnosed and would like to know what a typical diet is for you in a day. Thanks.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 07:13 AM
I started eating gluten-free about 4 1/2 months ago, and since then the weight has started coming off (without dieting), and I finally have energy again to go to the gym. I didn't think I could ever feel this good again.
I have a sore spot for doctors, because they kept telling me to eat less and workout more, and I kept telling them that I was and it wasn't working. They didn't believe me. One of them just outright called me a liar. One of them rudely wrote me a prescription to "EXERCISE!" on a piece of prescription paper. Even a gastroenterologist told me my problems were because I was too fat....well genius, what is causing the weight gain? It certainly isn't a lifestyle change. Gah!! Years and years of useless doctors have left me fuming mad, and it ended up being such a simple solution that was beyond any of them to figure out.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:59 AM
But seriously, when I was a freshman, I went on South Beach (eliminated all grains) and lost 20 pounds within a month. I'm definitely a weight-gainer.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 06:45 AM
My doctor says that the reason why I gained weight was because before going gluten free my body was absorbing some nutrients, but not all. So it was in starvation mode and held onto EVERYTHING I ate because it wasn't sure when it was going to get its next "meal." Now that my body can absorb more, its allowing me to lose weight.
I'm not positive how this relates to gluten intolerance but I'd try to stick with whole foods - my nutritionist told me that I shouldn't eat heavy carbs after 3 in the afternoon, and to make dinner my lightest meal with only veggies and some protein. She also said we shouldn't eat 4 hours before going to bed. Maybe this could help you?
Good luck!!! I'm rooting for you!!!
"Dark and difficult times lie ahead ahead - soon we must all face the choice, to do what is right, or what is easy..." - Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
Diagnosed Celiac in May 2012 by TTG level and endoscopy
Acid reflux/GERD (stopped since eating gluten-free)
Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:06 AM
And yes, I think gluten effects get worse when you exercise. Taking my then three year old for a walk used to feel like I was torturing her unless I agreed to carry both her and her irish-twin sister.
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