Weight gain on the gluten-free diet?!

Despite what you may think, many actually GAIN weight on the gluten-free diet. Mainstream media and Hollywood has created this belief over the past few years that weight loss is a benefit of the gluten-free diet. Not so fast for those with Celiac disease!

On the contrary, processed gluten-free foods are full of extra calories via sugar and fat to give it the mouthfeel of gluten. Ideally, the goal is to eat NATURALLY gluten-free foods to avoid weight gain on the gluten-free diet, and to live an active lifestyle (30 minutes of walking daily is a great start if you are not active). Not only are some individuals overweight or obese at diagnosis, but the fact that the gut is healing, means the villi (fingerlike projections in the small intestine) absorb foods properly once someone with Celiac disease starts a gluten-free diet. Imagine the villi flattened down to the lining of the small intestine at diagnosis, and they “fluff up” or grow back once they begin to heal on a gluten-free diet.

It’s an honor to be mentioned along with Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, also known as the Celiac MD. She has an amazing website: http://theceliacmd.com/

Check out the current issue and article! http://www.glutenfreeandmore.com/issues/4_47/Weight-Gain-Linked-to-Celiac-Disease-4971-1.html

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center has various newsletter articles on this topic by myself and the Gastroenterologists that are part of the Celiac center. http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/newsletter/  In the past year, we have begun to feature a “Dietitian’s Corner” in each newsletter. Sign up on the site if you are interested in getting this quarterly newsletter and staying on top of the latest in Celiac disease, and specific events in Chicagoland.

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