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Need Help To Gain Weight On gluten-free Diet

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I was on the diet for 3-4 weeks, lost approx4-5 lbs, not what I want or need to do. I am already small petite and usually arounf 105lbs. I stopped the diet due to the weight loss. Symptoms went away on gluten-free diet. Of course the symptoms came back when i went off it also. Had headaches almost daily and bloating almost daily. Extreme fatigue that makes me fall asleep at work, impacts my work substantially. I look pregnant after I eat. Anyway, I feel confident that I need to get back on enevthough i have not been diagnosed but misdiagnosed for almost 2 years. I have no insurance so I am all I have. but how do I stop from losing weight. What can I eat that will help me to gain and stay at a healthy weight? I do excercise 2x a week I do zumba and will be a certified instructor at end of the month. I need energy and something to burn.

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Well, it's important that you have a balanced diet, with fat, complex carbs, and protein at each meal. Be sure you're eating several small meals a day to keep your blood sugar stable, and find ways to add healthful but calorie-dense things to your meals (olives, avocadoes, peanut butter - all of which are good for you). I believe Ensure shakes are also gluten-free, if you want to drink those. When I had to gain weight (before going gluten-free) I'd put them in a blender with a banana, and they weren't terrible. What is your diet like now?

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Well, it's important that you have a balanced diet, with fat, complex carbs, and protein at each meal. Be sure you're eating several small meals a day to keep your blood sugar stable, and find ways to add healthful but calorie-dense things to your meals (olives, avocadoes, peanut butter - all of which are good for you). I believe Ensure shakes are also gluten-free, if you want to drink those. When I had to gain weight (before going gluten-free) I'd put them in a blender with a banana, and they weren't terrible. What is your diet like now?

Well, just ate a reuban on marble rye with a waffle cone of peanut butter fudge ice cream. Just left the toilet with diarhea and pain. As i said, went off the diet.

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If you decide to go gluten-free again, I'd suggest increasing your amount of cheeses and meats. While they are high in protein, they are also high in fat. You should be able to gain more muscle and fat to increase weight - provided you aren't over doing cardio in exercise.

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I have found that the first three months of gluten-free were the absolute worst as to hunger, weight loss and leaky gut. I think it was largely due to the fact that for the first time in a long time my body was able to begin the healing process and I had to be careful not to overdo anything. After losing 35 pounds I didn't necessarily have to lose things began to stabilize..even to the point of being able to tolerate working out. But..I have to be careful with that even now. I stabilized with the weight loss but if I overdo physical activity I will drop a fast five pounds which happened to me this week. The good thing now is that symptoms like constant hunger, D, weakness, blood sugar fluctuations are all going away or normalizing and now that I am at the 6 plus month mark I notice a huge difference. I am very strict gluten-free and cannot tolerate dairy or soy or corn at this point so I make sure I get as much protein as I can with my fruits and veggies. I eat plenty of eggs and don't suffer at all with cholesterol problems. Good healing to you and plenty of strength if you decide to go back on the gluten-free routine.

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