Jump to content

Follow Us:  Twitter Facebook RSS Feed            




   arrowShare this page:
   

   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

 
Ads by Google:
Celiac.com Sponsor:                                    


Photo
- - - - -

Eating gluten-free And Gaining Weight


  • Please log in to reply

27 replies to this topic

#1 dmcook1990

 
dmcook1990

    New Community Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
 

Posted 22 July 2012 - 09:13 PM

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone had advice or tips for someone who is trying to lose weight with celiac disease. I am actually gaining weight instead! Everyone says it seems like i should be losing weight with my lifestyle and what i eat but i cannot drop a pound. I did read somewhere that maybe im storing up everything because of celiac and my malnutrition. I know I'll feel better it I could keep my weight down because I am obese at this weight. If anyone has good resources on what to eat, when to eat it and how much I would love the advice!
  • 0

Celiac.com Sponsor:

#2 Razzle Dazzle Brazell

 
Razzle Dazzle Brazell

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 399 posts
 

Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:06 AM

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone had advice or tips for someone who is trying to lose weight with celiac disease. I am actually gaining weight instead! Everyone says it seems like i should be losing weight with my lifestyle and what i eat but i cannot drop a pound. I did read somewhere that maybe im storing up everything because of celiac and my malnutrition. I know I'll feel better it I could keep my weight down because I am obese at this weight. If anyone has good resources on what to eat, when to eat it and how much I would love the advice!


Hey I hope I can help. Got plenty questions.

How long have you been gluten free?
Has you appetite increased? Mine did and is just now calming down 2 mo.
Are you eating a lot of processed foods? gluten-free flours are more fattening
What in general is your diet like?

Don't feel ashamed. This is a struggle I dealt with for a while but unless you have some other health problem, you should be able to lose weight eventually.
  • 0
Gluten and Oat Free 6/'12
Dairy, Corn and Yeast free 7/'12
Nightshade Free, Candida diet & low salicylates 8/'12
Nightshades and carbs and sugars limitedly reintroduced, most salicylates now tolerated 9/'12
No longer Reacting to yeasty breads 10/'12
Test confirmed yeast overgrowth, back on Candida diet 11/'12

You only get one life so make it count.

#3 jeanzdyn

 
jeanzdyn

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 94 posts
 

Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:17 AM

I have been gluten free since January 1, 2012 and I did not start losing weight until just last week. I know that I was overcompensating at first and eating larger meals. I have gotten to the point where I do not eat unless my stomach growls and that has finally started a nice, slow weight loss in the past week about 3 lbs. came off. I hope it continues as I am in the 'obese' category according to the Mass Body Index on another website. I need to lose 40-50 lbs, but will be happy to lose 15 or 20 lbs, as then I can fit into most of the clothes in my closet.
I was never so ill that I lost weight, although I now believe that I have had celiac disease for many years. I am greatful that I was never that sick and I am sympathetic to any who have been terribly ill. I am told that I have 'mild' celiac disease, and that the villi in my intestines are not badly damaged right now.

Anyway, dmcook1990, what I think is that your body needs some time to adjust to the gluten free diet, and it may take weeks or even months before you start to lose weight. Everybody is different, everyone's body is different, and everyone's body reacts differently in some way to any change in lifestyle.
  • 0
What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others. —--Lucretius


I miss bread! But I love Kinnikinnick gluten free pizza crust.


Diagnosed celiac disease: November 2011 (biopsy and endoscopy)
other conditions: asthma, arthritis

#4 luvs2eat

 
luvs2eat

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,112 posts
 

Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:38 AM

I've said it many times ... I was diagnosed very quickly (only 2 months of symptoms) so I wasn't experiencing the unexplained weight loss that many do. Then, I began to thoroughly enjoy all the things I COULD eat and chowed down to make up for all the foods I could no longer eat... and gained about 40 pounds! I was eating Pepcid like candy to deal w/ the killer heartburn I was having.

I cut out carbs... not real Atkins, but I gave up bread, rice... the obvious starches. I've never been a gluten-free processed food person so that wasn't difficult to avoid. I ate lean meats and lots of veggies and fruit. Twenty pounds came off and the heartburn disappeared. I still need to lose that other 20!!
  • 0
luvs2eat
Living in the beautiful Ozark mountains in Arkansas
positive blood tests and later, positive biopsy
diagnosed 8/5/02, gluten-free (after lots of mistakes!) since that day
Dairy free since July 2010 and NOT happy about it!!

#5 justlisa

 
justlisa

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 164 posts
 

Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:04 PM

What do you eat, dmcook 1990?
  • 0

#6 TeknoLen

 
TeknoLen

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 105 posts
 

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:13 AM

OP, you might consider the paleo diet. I dropped a few pounds on it, lost my spare tire. And paleo is gluten-free by default. Wikipedia "Paleolithic diet" is a good overview or read the Paleo Diet book by Loren Cordain if you really want to study it. You will need to be prepared to spend significantly more time in the kitchen.. Good luck!
  • 0
  • self-dx gluten-sensitive 2007 but did not take it seriously
  • dx autoimmune Graves hyperthyroidism 9-7-11
  • second opinion doctor confirmed autoimmune hyperthyroid dx, suggested possible autoimmune thyroid-gluten sensitivity connection
  • medication-induced hyperthyroid remission 11-4-11
  • lab test dx gluten, casein, ovalbumin, and soy sensitive 12-15-11
  • taking diet seriously now, strict GFCFSF diet...

#7 ClareM

 
ClareM

    New Community Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
 

Posted 26 July 2012 - 03:37 AM

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone had advice or tips for someone who is trying to lose weight with celiac disease. I am actually gaining weight instead! Everyone says it seems like i should be losing weight with my lifestyle and what i eat but i cannot drop a pound. I did read somewhere that maybe im storing up everything because of celiac and my malnutrition. I know I'll feel better it I could keep my weight down because I am obese at this weight. If anyone has good resources on what to eat, when to eat it and how much I would love the advice!


I was recently diagnosed with Coeliac disease and have the same problem. I am eating a lot more fish and healthy meals and yet i havent lost one pound of weight. I do exercise but its sporadic because my job takes me away from home, but i thought once i had the physical symptoms under control by eliminating Gluten that my weight would drop a little. Any advice would be really appreciated
  • 0

#8 Candyapple

 
Candyapple

    New Community Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
 

Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:25 PM

I have been gluten free for a few years now. I too have put on weight since being diagnosed. I went untreated for a long time, actually ended up with osteoporosis. I have never really had an issue with weight before. It sucks that when there are so many things you can't eat any more and you gain weight. Very frustrating. I am wondering if anyone has any diet ideas. I eat very little and try to eat fairly healthy. I also have thyroid disease... thanks :)
  • 0

#9 kittty

 
kittty

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 235 posts
 

Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

I lost about six pounds the first week of being gluten free. The I discovered those tempting gluten free snack foods, like cakes, crackers, breads, and Pirate Booty (I'm a total addict to that stuff!). After about a month of eating those I put on all the weight I had lost plus about 8 pounds. Now I've cut all of that processed stuff out, and I'm trying to be more active. In the last month I've lot about 11 pounds.
  • 0

#10 lovegrov

 
lovegrov

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,537 posts
 

Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:36 AM

I gained a pile of weight after going gluten-free because suddenly I started absorbing everything I had never absorbed before yet I was still eating like I had eaten for 46 years. This is not unusual at all, particularly if you're eating those high-calorie wheat substitutes. My total cholesterol also went from an unusually low 120 to about 200 (although it is back down to 160).

richard
  • 0

#11 Candyapple

 
Candyapple

    New Community Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
 

Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:33 AM

I gained a pile of weight after going gluten-free because suddenly I started absorbing everything I had never absorbed before yet I was still eating like I had eaten for 46 years. This is not unusual at all, particularly if you're eating those high-calorie wheat substitutes. My total cholesterol also went from an unusually low 120 to about 200 (although it is back down to 160).

richard

Thanks Richard, I did read somewhere here that if you can't cook it, don't eat it. Guess that's a good rule, although, I can cook a muffin if I have too! :)
  • 0

#12 cap6

 
cap6

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 680 posts
 

Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:58 PM

This sounds so like me. Diagnosed & went gluten-free March 2010, lost a lot of weight but then gained, gained. I have leveled off b ut can't loose any. I don't eat gluten-free snacks, couple of times a month maybe. Mostly veggies, chicken and such. Am I doomed to keep this ring around the belly???
  • 0

#13 Jannyno1

 
Jannyno1

    New Community Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 9 posts
 

Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:44 AM

Hi, hope things improve for you. It is easy to eat healthy foods that help you lose weight and retain nutrition going gluten free.
Also keep in mind that both buckwheat and quinoa are very good replacements for cereal and are higher in protein. Thus you cut down on the extra carbs.
You can use quinoa half and half with rice. You can coat or thicken with buckwheat flour. There is plenty of scope to use these.
  • 0

#14 luvrdeo

 
luvrdeo

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 109 posts
 

Posted 04 September 2012 - 09:36 AM

I too am struggling with this - been gluten free for 2 weeks now, started off with a quick weight loss and have gained it back and then some. I've always eaten healthy as my weight has always been a struggle, but to gain 4 lbs in a week is ridiculous, especially on a low-calorie diet. Is this all just part of it? I've yet to indulge on the gluten-free breads, pastas, cookies and junk, so I know that isn't my problem.
  • 0
lymphocytic colitis 8/1/12
diagnosed w/celiacs 8/14/12
gluten-free 8/14/12
dairy free, grain free, corn free 10/9/12

#15 pricklypear1971

 
pricklypear1971

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,684 posts
 

Posted 04 September 2012 - 09:59 AM

In my experience (and everyone is different) I swelled up (water) off and in the first 6 months of gluten-free.

I was dealing with recovering from steroids as well as Hashis - which may or may not have been a part of it...but I did notice a few times bloating up after gluten exposure, which was very difficult for me to determine newly gluten-free. And then there was the DH thing, and the low blood sugar thing, and the eating all the time thing...

The beginning is a mess. I suggest mild exercise - walking, etc. to the level it makes you feel good. Also, you may examine if you are eating a balance of food (sometimes we develop crutches going gluten-free - mine was Junior Mints and Gelato).

My guess is that you will go through 200 more changes in the next 6 months. Hang on!
  • 0
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today. ~ Mark Twain

Probable Endometriosis, in remission from childbirth since 2002.
Hashimoto's DX 2005.
Gluten-Free since 6/2011.
DH (and therefore Celiac) dx from ND
.
Responsive to iodine withdrawal for DH (see quote, above).

Genetic tests reveal half DQ2, half DQ8 - I'm a weird bird!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Celiac.com Sponsors: