One of the most asked questions when it comes to Celiac Disease is, can gluten intolerance cause weight gain? The truth is, yes. Many people believe that because you are not eating foods such as bread, pasta and full fat milk that your weight will drop dramatically, but for some this is not the case. Let me help you understand why being gluten intolerant does not mean instant weight loss.
Lets first look at why being gluten intolerance can cause weight gain.
There are a few reasons why this may happen, and because everyone’s body is different, its impossible for me to give you a proper diagnosis for your possible weight gain. One of the mains reasons however, is the deficiency of minerals and vitamins which you used to eat in foods that contained gluten. This problem is easily rectified, with eating extra foods which contain these vital nutrients your body needs to work.
Vitamin and mineral supplements are also another way of getting these into your body. I must emphasise, that taking any vitamin or mineral tablets must be done under strict guidelines. You must first check with your local doctor before starting any course of supplements.
Nutrient loss is usually the main cause of weight gain among Gluten Intolerance sufferers, but also other reasons such as diet change. The bodies sudden change of diet to foods which contain no gluten can cause your body to go into a kind of shock. Many people will go into a diet of simple foods which can be bought from many supermarkets, the problem being, just because they are gluten free, does not mean they are low in fat.
Now that you know a couple of reasons for possible weight gain, you can now start to look at which foods you are eating may be making you pile on the pounds. I mentioned above about easy made gluten free foods from supermarkets. You probably bought these without looking at their fat content values, and this is understandable. I know full well how not being able to eat certain foods can become difficult.
I have a close family member who is gluten intolerant, and it was a huge change to the daily lifestyle. After some sitting down and looking at foods, sauces, meats and many more, it was clear that its only a couple of food groups which have to be looked at. Bread, Pasta, Milk and a couple more are ones that have to be looked at in more detail. I know this might sound easy for me to say, but there are a couple of simple ways to find out which foods may be making you pile on the pounds.