Weight Loss and a Gluten-Free Diet

Melina Young Health Guide
  • When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, I couldn't even count the number of people on one hand who said to me, "Oh my gosh, you are going to lose so much weight!" or "I wish I was told I could never eat bread again, I'd be so skinny. I'm so jealous!"


    I must admit that at first, I thought I would have this sort of reaction. I figured, "Hey, at least there is an upside to this whole thing." (Other than finally figuring out what was wrong with me, of course). However, I did not lose weight. Not really at all. I didn't lose inches or anything. Perhaps it is because when it is a mandatory lifestyle change, I made an effort to find gluten free cake, cookies, pasta, bread, pancake mix...I think you get the idea.

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    Don't think just because it is "gluten free" it is diet food, healthy or really good for you. Remember, a cookie is a cookie whether it is made with rice flour or wheat flour. If you want to lose weight while on a gluten free diet, there are many ways to go about it. I found it quite difficult to find a diet that would work well for me since almost every diet out there has a catch-all of "whole wheat everything."


    I used to look at that and think, "Wheat, I have to modify everything and won't know if it is as good for me" but it is important to know that the key word in "whole wheat" is "whole" - eating whole foods (see my next post) is a healthy diet option for anyone. And, easy to modify for pretty much any dietary restrictions.


    Remember, everyone is different. So, if you have questions about your own diet, planning meals with restrictions, and what is going to be healthiest for you, see your doctor or a nutritionist.

Published On: May 31, 2011