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Celiac Disease and Weight Loss

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Hi folks

Diagnosed with Celiac around 4 months ago after quite a few months of symptoms, 40 year old male, about 5 ft 10.

Since the last few months of eating a gluten-free diet I've been losing weight from around 9st 7 ish to around 8st 10 today. Always on the slim side, seem to have a fast metabolism, eat a lot (healthy food, fresh fruit and veg, nothing much processed) never able to gain weight. I work from home and make all food from scratch, food for a typical day might be fruit in the morning, gluten-free pitta with humus for lunch plus a home made salad, dinner might be a generous portion of fish or meat plus home made pasta dish with cheese then large tub of yogurt in the evening. 

Typical exercise is yoga twice a week plus we rent some land to grow fruit and veg so at least 10 hours per week lifting carrying etc etc. In lockdown due to covid at the minute but normally would also go hill walking at the weekend so quite a healthy lifestyle. Feel fine healthwise, no problems. Don't smoke, don't drink.

I don't know why I am losing so much weight, all I have really changed is normal bread for gluten-free bread which I have 2 - 3 times per week, never really ate anything else containing gluten.

Can anyone make any suggestions on what type of diet I could follow or any diet or lifestyle changes I should make?

 

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Give it time. Once your body has repaired itself and starts absorbing the nutrients it has been missing... you will most likely gain weight if you are not careful. I was about a year post diagnosis when my scale began to rise. 

It was frustrating because that is the first time in my life I had to really watch what I ate. 

Good luck! 

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So that is a weight loss of around 13 lbs? Sorry, not familiar with stones as a unit so had to rely on a conversion tool. What is the second number after the stone? 9st 7 ish. Is the 7 in ounces or is that 9.7 stones?

This is odd as your caloric intake seems not to have changed much according to what you say. It is not uncommon for people to lose weight after going on a gluten-free diet since that usually means eliminating a lot of starchy wheat products but that doesn't apply in your case. One thing to be aware of is that commercially made wheat bread and wheat pasta generally contain vitamin supplements, particularly niacin and sometimes other B vitamins (at least here in the U.SA.), whereas gluten-free replacements generally do not.

With you having only recently gone gluten-free, it is possible that your body is going through some kind of adjustment phase. Healing of the small bowl villi can take years even after going gluten free and even after villi recovery you may never have completely normal nutrient absorption as so-called "leaky gut" may and likely still be an issue.

Having said all that, it might be a good idea to get a checkup and blood work done in case there is a medical problem not related to Celiac Disease.

 

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Welcome!  

Four months in.  Have you had your celiac antibodies retested?  This can give you an indication of whether or not you are on the path to healing.  Follow-up testing can occur the 3 or 6 month mark (annually after the first year).  You should also be checked for vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  

Your diet sounds good with plenty of vegetables, but perhaps you have subconsciously reduced your calorie intake just enough so that your recovering body (which may not be able to process at 100%) can not keep up.  

I personally adhere to a real foods diet that emphasizes fats (helps with insulin resistance).  Consider increasing your calories and testing to see if your celiac antibodies are on a downward trend.  


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