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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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.
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I had my blood work this am and went gluten free today. I need to lose 15-25lbs, but more importantly I need to feel good. Wondering if anyone wants to post back and forth to keep motivation up.

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Be careful. Some people gain weight on the diet. My husband gained 60 lbs and my son is also gaining weight. Good luck!!

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Hi Davina-

Thought I'd add that it can be difficult to lose weight during the early days gluten-free - especially if you had unexplained weight gain prior to removing gluten. Once the digestive system begins to heal and is able to digest and absorb nutrients properly weight adjusts. Those that had unexplained weight loss begin to gain and those of us with unexplained weight gain begin to lose.

It is important to watch the amount of processed gluten free items because these can have even more calories than the foods they are replacing. Sticking to whole foods and patience is the best plan. First you'll heal, then if the weight doesn't adjust you can concentrate on weight loss. For me I lost about 30 pounds during my first year gluten-free - eating far more than I ever had in my life - at first I just started looking lighter because I lost the bloated look from all over without losing weight. After about three months gluten-free weight started to drop.

I hope you'll heal and be able to adjust your weight at the same time, but don't worry if the weight doesn't drop right away.

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