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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Gaining Weight Since Going Gluten Free, And Already Overweight!
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Hi Everyone. I have been gluten free for 2 weeks and went back from my 2 week follow up with my doctor, and I have gained almost 2 pounds.  Problem is, I do not need to gain any weight, infact I am significantly overweight and need to lose.  I have not been eating much gluten free specialty products at all, and sticking mainly with salads, protiens, and veggies. 

 

Is this normal? For those of you who are, too, overweight - how did you deal? How did you lose weight?

 

Thanks :)

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If you are celiac and you go gluten-free, as healing starts you are absorbing more nutrients as well as more calories. The good news is, if you are healing you will soon start feeling well enough to exercize.

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I think your body is going thru a with drawl symptom, I had a very hard time the 1st few weeks. I was so bloated! I was so sick. Just keep up with the diet and stay away from the gluten-free processed stuff. Maby you can start walking?? It helps me. I seriously don't know how I can be as heavy as I am. I don't eat much. I have lost over 40 lbs after going gluten-free. But still weigh 160 lbs. Only thing I have going for me is I am 5"7" tall.  Good luck :) 

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I've noticed a lot of the gluten-free foods are very high calorie food so even if you are not eating a lot of them, they may be adding up.  There are a lot of cell phone apps and/or websites that you can track calories.  Maybe pay attention to how many calories you are eating each day and see if there is something there too.

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Thanks everyone. Hopefully things start to even out! I am back at the gym, so we'll see. Thanks again!

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This has happened to me also, even eating good food. I have always had days where I just have uncontrollable hunger and it seems to have improved the past month or so. I have also taken up swimming a few times a week. I have arthritis and it seems to be a great workout with no pain for me. I looked it up and it actually burns something like 450 calories for 40 mins of 'leisurely freestyle swimming' And i assume its good for building muscle too.

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I use a fitbit that tracks how much I walk/eat amongst other things. It has helped me keep track of things pretty well, i would recommend this to anyone trying to gain, lose, or maintain weight. Good luck!

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Jennifer,

 

Thank you, thank you thank you, while I am on the  lose weight spectrum as well I had questions regarding Fitbit and other fitness bands.

I use a fitbit that tracks how much I walk/eat amongst other things. It has helped me keep track of things pretty well, i would recommend this to anyone trying to gain, lose, or maintain weight. Good luck!

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Jennifer,

 

Thank you, thank you thank you, while I am on the  lose weight spectrum as well I had questions regarding Fitbit and other fitness bands.

The Polar FT4 heart rate monitor is pretty inexpensive on websites like Amazon and you can use that as a great tool in your fitness arsenal. THe fitbit monitors hr too but I don't believe it is as accurate at Polar and thus the calorie counting aspect is off.

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Hear you loud and clear!   I gained cause food tasted so darn good again.  And I could eat again without getting sick!   Give it a little time and things should even out as you get more comfortable with the new eating plan. 

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UGHH this is my fear! I am so bloated and overweight as it is :/ I know I am going to be tracking so I don't go overboard on the processed gluten-free convenience foods. Good luck. Hopefully the more energy you gain your body will start burning more calories.

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I put on 25lbs post diagnosis. When I wanted to kickstart my weight loss, I followed a diet called whole 30. It worked really well in getting me started. It's grain, soy, legume, and dairy free . It really helped me develop better eating habits in general. For example, I was someone who could not do coffee without milk and sugar. Now I enjoy it black! Don't feel like such a carb-aholic anymore.

 

http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/

 

http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-shopping-list.pdf

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