(Closed) Gluten Free and weight loss

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What is your current diet like? I’m not sure what you mean about baked goods “getting you through the day”, as baked goods tend to give me a sugar high followed by an early afternoon crash, and I have much better energy without them.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Candace From BC: 

Oh, gotcha. Well, I think you can still find something equally as filling that doesn’t involve bread. I usually pack my fiance leftovers from dinner, or some other meat & veggie combo. He loves roast with horseradish cream sauce & veggies sauteed in garlic/butter. Today, I packed him roasted chicken thighs & green beans. Sometimes I will pack hearty soups & cheesy biscuits made from coconut flour. I actually find all these things more filling than sandwiches (personally).

I would recommend staying away from grocery store “wheat replacement” foods, though, if you’re looking to lose weight. They usually have a bunch of weird, carby ingredients in them that really won’t do you any favors. 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Candace From BC:  You can get gluten free breads (they taste terrible) or gluten free meals.  I can’t have gluten and it has been awful, I mean it’s better because I’m no longer sick but it is so hard.  I wouldn’t recommend doing a diet excluding it, I would work on your normal eating habits and just cut down on calories.  Most of your carbs for energy should come from fruits/veggies not breads anyway.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Candace From BC:  Are you going gluten free for a medical reason? If not I am pretty sure there is no scientifically supported reason to cut gluten out of your diet. It sounds more like a carb issue than a gluten issue. So switch to whole grains, fruits, and veggies instead of processed foods, sugars, and white breads and that should help keep you full without filling you up on bad carbs.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

As somone with celiac disease, I would never just give up gluten because I wanted to lose weight. And if you choose to, please don’t make a big deal about ordering gluten free and then “cheat” by taking a bite of gluten from your SO. It causes problems for people who can’t eat gluten.

But to answer your question, I lost a ton of weight. About 10lbs of celiac related mess that you don’t have to worry about about 8 lbs of fat. I am tiny, so 18 lbs was a lot– like from a size 6/8 to a size 0. I find that you can get plenty of carbs from vegetables, brown rice, beans, and fruits. I find that fake bread causes me to blow up. If you get enough fiber, you will probably get way more energy. Many people find that gluten makes them sleepy. I say give it 3 weeks and see how you do! (Cravings happen for 3-6 months, then they get better)

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Do you have celiac disease? If so, Udi’s is amazing, expensive, but amazing. Only bread I have found that doesn’t just crumble.

If you don’t have a gluten sensitivity, honestly just change something else. I lost more weight doing Yoga than I did when I stopped eating Gluten for health reasons.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

It can never hurt to try the diet, and see how you feel. I have been gf for 7 years now. It took me a while to feel better, since I was extremely ill from it, but it was worth it. But be prepared for expensive products. Udi’s is my favorite for breads, and Tinkyada for noodles/pasta. Don’t eat corn based noodles, they’re not worth it. My mum does not have celiac disease, but she basically had nerve damage from it (thought it was MS, but luckily better now). Hope you start feeling better!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Most people I know actually gained weight on a gluten free diet, so if losing weight is what you are going for, I don’t think thats the best choice. My friend was skinny to the point of being unhealthy and was undiagnosed with Celiac’s. She gained like 10 lbs once she cut gluten from her diet. She is still a very healthy size, but still, I don’t think eating gluten free is really a weight loss plan.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Krises:  This is actually because they were malnourished with Celiac. People with Celiac don’t digest gluten and it causes them not to be able to digest anything. So all of the food either stays inside them or nothing stays in them (not to be too graphic). When people who have normal bowel movements go off gluten they have a different reaction

My advice would be to go off it– I went off gluten before diagnosis and felt so much better. Losing weight was a plus!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Pollywog:  Yup, I know this! But if OP is gluten sensitive, or actually has Celiac’s, she could have a similar reaction. My sister is eating Girlfriend because she thinks she is gluten sensitive (although she was tested and it came back neg.), and she hasn’t gained or lost weight. So, I think it all depends on your body!

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

@Candace From BC:  I switched to cutting out flour/processed foods/sugar to lose weight for the wedding and I found myself more satiated than when I was eating oatmeal, or trying to do low-fat.

My typical day meals were:

Bfast: 2 eggs sauteed with some sort of veggie

Lunch:  4-6oz of whatever left over protein from the night before with a big bowl of baby spinach and whatever other veggies I had on hand.

Dinner:  4-6oz of protein w/ some sort of veggies.

Others:  I loved avocados and almonds… i know you are supposed to watch ‘nut’ intake, but I ate a ton of almonds and still lost weight.  I’d also try to make sure I had some sort of healthy fat with each meal (ie: coconut/olive oil, nuts, avocado).  I also stayed away from dairy, for the most part, during the bulk of the weight loss.

I’m about 2 years out from starting that diet and don’t really ever feel a need for bread at all.  It took a few months to tweak my meals to NOT include the bread (since I’d worked bread into so many things I was used to eat).  Now it’s almost strange to have bread around (even at restaurants).  I see it as a caloric waste and (typically) only eat it when I really REALLY want it.  Now, flour tortillas – on the other hand – hand ’em over!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Honestly, cutting out gluten regardless as to if you have celiacs or not is a good thing.  My opinion is that none of our bodies were made to consume as much gluten as we do.  Eliminating gluten is mostly cutting out breads and pasta.  Of course you need to careful of flour as well.  Anyways, I have eaten gluten free before because Future Mother-In-Law is allergic.  I’ve felt great afterwards.  My energy level is a lot better.  I’m not as bloated.  I don’t feel sluggish.

I think you should start cutting back then go full force.  Good luck to you.  PM me if you have any questions.  I’ll be on tomorrow afternoon.  I will be leaving for work shortly.

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