Post # 1
I was just wondering if there were any bees with celiac disease. I have had it for about 2 years and have adjusted to it quite well.
But now I’m having a problem with loosing weight. After I was diagnosed, I put on about 15 pounds from my normal weight. I was so sick before getting diagnosed that I was skinnier than normal so it felt like a TON of weight. I have never completely lost that weight and I need to get rid of it. I exercise about 5x a week and eat really healthy. I have since started counting calories (trying to stay around 1300 a day) but have only lost about 3 pounds in a month! It’s driving me crazy!!!! Any help coming from a Celiac perspective? There is no such thing as a diet gluten free food. Any secrets to share?
Post # 3
I am! But, I’m not much help… I have the same issues.
But, I would just follow other dieting advice: More protein, more small meals, and limit your carbs (don’t eliminate).
I try to eat protein for breakfast and limit my carbs (sometimes it’s hard – because they fill you up). For lunch, I usually don’t have any carbs, just veggies and protein. Then snacks are usually fruit, cheese, etc. Dinner, protein and veggies, and maybe another carb.
Post # 4
I don’t have celiac disease, but I am gluten intolerant. I’ve been completely gluten free for a year and a half. I have to agree with you about the gaining weight. I’ve put on 20 pounds since going gluten free and I hate it. Prior to going Girlfriend I was actually on a more restrictive (allergy) diet, so when I found out that some things were ok, I think I got a little too excited that I was able to eat cookies and pizza again. I stopped eating all of those goodies a long time ago though, and haven’t dropped any weight.
It sounds like you are good about exercising (I’m not, woops). I tried doing weight watchers, but got overwhelmed that a lot of the low point/diet foods won’t work for me. Like you said, there really aren’t diet options to Girlfriend foods!
I hear this is very common for people once they go gluten free. Sorry I don’t really have secrets to share as I’m trying to figure it out myself, but I am here if you need to chat. And please let me know if you learn any tips!
Post # 5
Usually, I have carbs only once a day or not at all when I’m trying to lose weight. I also limit all fats/sauces and cook with herbs more. I work out harder to spend more calories.
You will probably have a hard time getting back to your “before” weight, since it was induced by your illness, but with patience and dedication, you’ll get there.
Don’t forget that if you’re working out more, you’re gaining muscle mass, so look not only at the scale, but also your measurements and toning!
Post # 6
I’m have celiac disease. I was diagnosed 4 years ago (I’m 20 now) and I never really gained any weight, but I think that’s because my metabolism was/is still high. My aunt also has celiac, and she had this problem (she was diagnosed in her 40s). She went to eating mostly veggies and lean meats for a while, which helped her a lot. I have to agree with egb though, remember that your weight was low because you were sick.
Post # 7
Oooh I have Celiac too! (Not like that’s a good thing, but I just get excited when I find others who have it.)
As for the weight issue, have you had your thyroid checked? So many of us with Celiac also have thyroid issues, and the only time in my life when I’ve unexpectedly gained weight and had a really hard time losing it was when it turned out that my thyroid levels were low. Once we got them balanced, the weight came right off.
With the exercise that you’re getting and the restricted calories, you theoretically should be losing more weight than you are, so there might be something else going on. Just a thought!
At the same time, I think “diet gluten free food” is definitely possible… I pretty much cook everything from scratch and it’s not that difficult to follow the same ideas for healthy eating that would apply to “regular” food.