Why Am I Getting Fat on My Gluten Free Diet?

April 5, 2011 by  
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Are you getting fat on a gluten-free diet?

On the Dr. Oz show they brought up a statistic, saying that, “a study found that 81% of people suffering from celiac disease (a gluten-intolerant auto immune disease) who followed a gluten-free diet gained weight.”

They attributed this weight gain to eating “gluten-free junk food.” What they didn’t discuss is something much more important than junk food.

Do not maintain a gluten-free diet in hopes of losing weight. Weight gain or loss is merely a side-effect to a gluten-free diet, not the goal.

One should be eating gluten-free to eliminate excruciating abdominal pain and other issues related to Celiac Disease.

The number one reason a person who has Celiac Disease may start gaining weight on a gluten-free diet is because while eating gluten, the intestinal tract is destroyed by ambitious white blood cells that hate gluten, this results in a tract that cannot properly absorb nutrients. When you stop eating gluten, your body stops reacting negatively and repairs itself. When healed, it can now absorb food, and as a result, naturally, you may gain weight.

Like with cancer patients, gaining weight could be a good thing for a person with Celiac Disease, it could mean the body is healing and functioning right.

So what do you do now, you don’t want to be fat?

I have Celiac Disease, how can I manage my weight?

Weight gain may be caused by a malfunctioning organ, eating unhealthy foods in excess, and/or lack of exercise .

If you want to be healthy, whether you have Celiac Disease or not, you have to do a few important things.

  1. Find out if your body parts all work properly, do you have a disease, allergy, or failing organ?
  2. Eat healthy natural foods, not processed, preserved, sugary, or fried
  3. Eat every 3-5 hours, small portions of healthy food; don’t starve yourself or overeat
  4. Exercise

This may mean changing what types of foods you eat and when.

At first, buying the right kinds of foods, looking at the ingredients, and preparing snacks for your day may seem inconvenient and challenging, but eventually it will become habit and therefore it will become easy.

Gluten-Free Junk Food is a recent development.

A gluten-free diet became associated with losing weight because in the old days, there weren’t any yummy gluten-free products like there are now. In the old days (ten years ago), pretty much everything had white enriched wheat flour in it, so to eat gluten-free meant eating only meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, vegetables, fruit, and rice, which proved to be a lean diet by avoiding all the sugary pre-packaged snack foods, cookies, bread, pizza,sandwiches, and so on.

If you want to lose weight, avoid foods that have lots of ingredients and come in boxes and plastic bags.

Avoid comfort foods, fast foods, and sweets!

Gluten-free processed foods like cookies, crackers, cereals, and breads, may actually be higher in sugar and calories than its wheat flour counterparts. Do not go on a gluten-free diet expecting to lose weight, while continuing to eat processed foods, you will probably gain weight.

If you want to lose weight, avoid processed flour foods of all kinds, or at least dramatically minimize them.

Read more from Dr. Oz:

CELIAC DISEASE: THE ADVANTAGES OF A GLUTEN-FREE DIET.

 

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