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  1. If you have been able to gain weight in the past, nutrient absorption may not be the issue. When working to gain muscle, you just need to be very careful about what you eat and how much. if you are gaining more than 2 lbs. a week, it probably is mostly fat. Also, you can add some interval training, which will help limit fat gain without cutting into muscle stores. Coltrane
  2. I really think you need to look at your whole diet. For Sunday, you have a relatively fatty breakfast w/ almost no carbs. Then, you barely eat anything until dinner. YOu are hungry at night because you don't eat much all day (if this is indicitive of your normal diet). For breakfast, try eggs, turkey sausage, and a piece of fruit. This will start your day w/ some protein and good carbs. Then, you really should eat something more for lunch. Try a salad w/ ham or a grilled chicken breast. Use a mixture of 1 tbs. olive oil and 1 tbs. flaxseed oil for a dressing. Both of these will help give you some healthy fats. The lettuce in the salad will again provide you with some good carbs. For dinner, just eat something sensible that has some protein in it. For snacking (even at night), choose nuts. Nuts are filled w/ healthy fats and are also calorie dense. This will help fill you up. Also, if you can eat dairy, throw some fruit in yogurt or cottage cheese. Coltrane
  3. I would suggest getting the book "Scrawny to Brawny" by Mike Mejia and John Berardi. The book contains workout programs and a nutrition plan designed to put on weight. There is a ton of great information. There is a detailed 4 month diet that corresponds to the workout program, and almost the entire diet is naturally gluten free (the only issue is oats, which you could substitute quinoa for). I have done the program twice, so let me know if you have questions. Coltrane
  4. BamBam, That sounds like a good plan. Don't fear the heavy weights. Use compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and lunges. They will give you the most bang for your buck. Until you can get heavier weights, you could work with just your body weight to promote strength and balance. My wife started doing pilates a couple years ago, and did not see any results. She then started lifting using compound exercises, and she lost fat and gained muscle much quicker. Coltrane
  5. There are some great suggestions here. I would like to second the suggestion of weight training. I would suggest using free weights. With machines, you are locked into a specific range of motion. Free weights allow you to move the way your body is designed, and may even lead to an improvement in balance. Also, as previously stated, adding muscle increases your metabolism, but it takes energy to feed muscle. This will, in turn, reduce fat. You may also want to try interval training. Instead of long, drawn out cardio, you alternate periods of intense bursts of exercise (30 second sprint, for example), with longer recovery periods (90 second jog), for about 20 minutes total. The best part is that you can use almost any form of cardio exercise and start at a level that is suitable for you. Interval training has the same cardiovascular and fat burning effects as steady state cardio, without burning away too much muscle (as steady state has a tendency to do). Coltrane
  6. I just got back from a Disney trip with my high school band. I was a little nervous about the trip, having gone gluten free just a month ago. However, it was easier to eat gluten free there than at home. We had a nice meal at the Brown Derby at MGM, and not only did they make me a tapioca dinner roll (first bread product in a month-it was delicious), but they gave me the phone number of where to order the rolls. It was great. Coltrane
  7. Does anyone know of any whey protein powders that are gluten free? In the past, I have used GNC mega whey protein, but I called the company and they stated that there may be trace amounts of gluten in the product. I am now looking for a replacement. Thanks. Coltrane
  8. I am not a diagnosed celiac. I am going to see my Dr. in the next few weeks to talk about getting tested. I know what you mean about eating lots of protein and not adding any weight. I eat very clean, and I monitor my macronutrient intake very closely. The fact that I was basically eating a body builders diet last summer and not gaining weight made me think that there might be more at play than just a fast metabolism. I am currently taking GNC Mega Men multi-vitamins, but I will look into the Centrum. I assume that those are gluten free, if you recommend them. Thanks for the info. Coltrane
  9. The Dextose is made by Now Foods. The Vitamin C and Fish Oil are the generic brand from Target.
  10. Since going gluten free a couple weeks ago, I figured I better double check to make sure that there is no gluten in the supplements I take. Most of them have a "gluten free" label on the bottle, but there are a couple I am not sure about. I was wondering if Vitamin C, fish oil, or dextrose have any gluten in the. The dextrose is a simple sugar made from corn (I use it sweeten up my protein shakes), so it should be okay. I assume the fish oil would be okay. The only other ingredients besides fish are gelatin and glycerin. The vitamin C also has cellulose (plant origin), croscarmellose, vegetable stearic acid, sillica, and vegetable magnesium stearate. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
  11. I am new to this forum and new to the avoiding gluten game. I have been working out regularily for about 2 years. I started at 5'11" and 129 lbs., and with a lot of eating, I have gotten up to 150 lbs. However, even with eating close to 5,000 cals/day, I have not been able to gain any more weight. I recently did research on gluten sensitivity, and I am trying the gluten-free lifestyle to see if that makes a difference. It is encouraging to hear of other who have gained weight after going gluten free. I do not know of any protein bars that are low sugar/gluten free. Most protein bars are pretty crappy and high in sugar, so I stick to shakes.
  12. Hi, I'm new to this forum, and also new to the world of being "gluten free". For the past year or so, I have been having issues with my stomach, but have ignored it for the most part. I am an avid weight lifter, and although I have added a lot of strength over the past 2 years, I have not been able to put on much weight (I am currently 5'11" and 144 lbs.). Last summer, I only managed to put on 4 lbs. in 3 months after eating a 4500 cal./day diet of very healthy foods. Recently, I have begun to think that there is more to my problems than just being a "hard-gainer". I was going to the bathroom more and more frequently, and often it was loose stool. I did some research, and went gluten free 3 weeks ago. I felt better right away, and the frequency of loose stools lessened; however, I had some issues yesterday and I did not have any gluten. I have a couple questions. First, when going gluten free, do symptoms stop immediately for most people, or did most of you have issues for the first few weeks, even when not eating gluten? Also, did many of you gain weight after adopting a gluten-free diet? I hope that if it is a gluten issue, I can put on some weight because I will finally be absorbing nutrients. Thank you for your time.
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