At the brink of giving up gluten free diet

by Anne
(Miami, Florida)

Like so many others that I've heard of, I've gained 20 pounds in about 8 months on a gluten free diet. I'm exercising like a maniac and I'm watching everything that I eat but nothing helps.

I feel so completely overcome and defeated by this damn disease that I'm literally at the brink of just dropping the gluten free diet and going back to eating normal food.

I know it's "blasphemy" but I'm depressed and unhappy living this way. I've read everything and done everything there is to do and nothing works. What's the point, I don't feel healthier now I feel like an overweight person with more physical and not to mention psychological issues because of this than before.

HELP!!

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Oct 19, 2012
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gluten shmuten
by: Anonymous

I am gluten intolerant. I am eating like a rabbit and a bird. I miss real beer. My face has slimmed but that's all. I am the same weight I was a year ago.

I give up. My life may be shorter, but it will be delicious.

Adios Muchachos.

May 28, 2011
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Don't do it
by: Anonymous

I gained over 25kgs after being diagnosed and grew over 4 inches. It took about 3 years or so before my body readjusted and out of nowhere I lost 20 kgs. It's so hard having the extra weight and makes you feel so down. I found minimizing my dairy intake and bread, rice, pasta intake sped up the weight list process by alot and within a couple of months I lost over 10kgs.

Nov 28, 2010
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PS to my other comments on dieting
by: Anna Jacobs

As someone said, I'm hypothyroid as well - and the diet I mentioned before seems to have helped that too, in that my throat used to swell slightly at times and is now flat and OK. I'm attributing that partly to the Zoe Harcombe diet, and partly to changing from thyroxine supplements to a T3/T4 mix formulated specially for me. What a difference that makes! Cost more - what doesn'? - but well worth it.

Anna Jacobs

Nov 19, 2010
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Weight and gluten
by: Anna Jacobs

I've had weight problems all my life so I really sympathise with you. Try Zoe Harcombe's Diet. It works better for me than anything else I've tried in 40 years of struggling with my weight - while eating less than anyone I know.

Like many I didn't even know coeliac existed. I've never been tested for coeliac disease because my doctor says it isn't necessary, as I know what my problems are.

I call myself coeliac plus. I can't eat any grains except rice, and that not in large quantities, and as for corn and millett they hit me really hard as well.

It's not the end of the world, though. It's just a big nuisance, bigger for me because nearly all the 'free from' foods contain corn/maize.

I'm still managing to publish three novels a year. You just have to get on with things.


Nov 15, 2010
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Newly dx!!
by: Anonymous

I am new to the site as I was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease today!! I am totally over-whelmed with these dietary changes. Feel like crying to be honest with you! I know that there are a lot worst things which you can have but..... So many questions? Supplements? Restaurants? Thanksgiving?? Help!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 09, 2010
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Donn't get it
by: Anonymous

I have read that many people have gained on the diet and I don't see or understand how. I have only been gluten free since August and I have lost 10 pounds if not more.
I just don't get it.

Nov 09, 2010
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Donn't get it
by: Anonymous

I have read that many people have gained on the diet and I don't see or understand how. I have only been gluten free since August and I have lost 10 pounds if not more.
I just don't get it.

Nov 09, 2010
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Don't give up...
by: Jenny

Hi Anne,
Don't give up on the diet - you'll find that it will probably "hurt more" going back to gluten food.

I'm struggling since my switch to the diet, but I had the added complication of finding out I was a coeliac whilst being pregnant. I'm still feeding my son myself and am therefore finding that everything is fluctuating.

I was afforded some advice though, regarding how the body works and I thought I would share this with you.

I have been told, effectively your body learns how to deal and cope with things - you cutting gluten out strictly, is a big change for your body, and the additional weight could well be the fact that your body is having to re-adjust to what it needs, and is having to re-learn what it's taken for granted for years. Remember also that your intake may need to be adjusted (am sure you are doing this) as your tummy is now more efficient at collecting all the goodies from your food.

I don't recall how long you've been on the diet - but do, bear with it.

Wishing you all the best,
Jenny.

Nov 08, 2010
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Thyroid issues?
by: Jennifer

Hi,

Have you had your thyroid checked? I've read about 1/3 of people with celiac are also hypothyroid, and vice versa. I'm hypo/gluten intolerant and I have the same problem as you. If you are diagnosed celiac/GI, do not go back to eating gluten. Even if you don't feel the effects, you are damaging your body.

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