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I've read that many folks have gained weight when moving to a completely gluten-free diet. Are there any that have lost weight after going on a gluten-free diet? For those that gained weight due to the gluten, have you lost any of that weight when switching to gluten free? Where do most people's weight stand without the gluten and in what time frame?

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Hi Radgirl,

When I first started noticing my symptoms I put on a lot of weight. Went from 12.5 stone to 14st in a couple of months. Since starting the diet (2 months ago) I'm back down to 13st, which is where I want to be, but I'm trying to eat as much substitutes for fibre as I can so that I don't lose anymore.

People have different levels/rates of metabolism but I would expect most to lose weight when on the diet due to the cut in carbs.

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Hi, Radgirl, I lost a significant amount of weight after I went gluten-free, as I was eliminating all the junk food I'd been eating, and learning to eat healthy! Within a couple of months, my body adjusted to the diet, and my weight stablilized. Even though I remain strictly gluten-free, I have to monitor my weight closely (I've always had weight issues) , as many gluten-free foods have more sugar and/or fat in them for improved taste, which can add on unwanted pounds.

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In the first 3 months i lost about 15 lbs and since then i have stabilized and weigh the same the past 3 months. When you dont know what you can eat it is very common to lose weight from eating very bland safe foods (chicken,fruit,vegetables).

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I am slowly losing weight! I wish it were faster but I have always had weight issues especially since I've had my son! I hope to loose more!

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I've read that many folks have gained weight when moving to a completely gluten-free diet. Are there any that have lost weight after going on a gluten-free diet? For those that gained weight due to the gluten, have you lost any of that weight when switching to gluten free? Where do most people's weight stand without the gluten and in what time frame?

I don't know about most people. I can only tell you about me.

Most importantly I stopped gaining weight when I went gluten free. I'd been steadily gaining weight for a couple years prior to that. I had probably been an active Celiac for 10 years prior to diagnosis.

The bloating also stopped so clothing suddenly fit much better. There are no more skinny or fat days now. After about six months on the gluten-free diet I have slowly begun to loose weight. I looked in the mirror Saturday and realized that I have cheek bones again, LOL. I don't believe it's the diet per say, or any attempt on my part to loose weight that has brought about the weight loss. I don't have the constant hunger I had before when I was eating gluten. I can actually be hungry now without going nuts. If I'm busy I can ignore hunger if I have to. Before hunger was incredibly distracting with an urgency to it that was maddening.

There is some connection there between my body and mind that has brought a more balanced point of view to hunger and eating. I can't explain it really. If I had to guess I'd say it's because my body isn't as desperate for nutrition as it was before when I was eating and not getting enough nutrition out of the food.

violet

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For me: I lost 28 lbs in 6 months - before changing anything. Once I went gluten-free my weight loss stopped. I put on about 3 lbs and have remained at that weight for 5+years now. Bob

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