Why am I gaining weight on a gluten-free diet?

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The G-Free Diet

Depending on the brand, a slice of gluten-free whole wheat bread may have 20 to 30 more calories, double the fat and half the fiber. Alissa Lupu, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at the Center of Advanced Digestive Care at New York Presbyterian at Weill Cornell Medical Center said that a gluten-free diet was never intended to help people slim down.

In fact, many people with celiac disease who go on a gluten-free eating plan find that without the grain protein in their system, they can properly absorb the calories and nutrients from their food for the first time and they wind up gaining weight.

For dieters who focus their gluten-free efforts on eating more lean protein, fruits and vegetables, the diet can produce some initial weight loss, registered dietitian and nutritionist Jennifer Neily said. But dieters shouldn't be fooled. Weight loss comes from reducing calories, not the absence of gluten. When you cut out whole food groups, Neily said, you have fewer choices and tend not to eat as much.

Problems arise when taste buds get bored and dieters go in search of junk food. Elizabeth Putsche, a celiac sufferer from Baltimore, said she is baffled as to why someone who does not have celiac or gluten sensitivity would think that eating a lot of processed gluten-free products would help them drop a few pounds. Neily said people often overdo gluten-free snacks and baked goods because they have a "health halo" surrounding them.

If these foods are a big part of your diet, you probably won't be losing weight," she said. Her point is well taken: Gluten-free Glutino pretzel sticks, for example, contain calories per ounce, compared with calories per ounce for standard pretzel sticks.

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are approximately calories per cookie, while a regular chocolate cookie is about 90 calories. Gluten-free chocolate cake delivers approximately calories and 5 grams per slice, slightly more than a piece of chocolate cake with the gluten intact.

Although the gluten-free weight-loss fad shows no signs of slowing down, some dieters are catching on — and giving up. Dyana Flanigan a year-old public relations manager from Chicago, said she tried a gluten-free diet for six months and wound up gaining 5 pounds. Maybe because I was eating more of other things as a reward for denying myself what I really wanted," she speculated.

And, she said, she found gluten-free an expensive way to eat. Although she didn't lose any weight, her pocketbook definitely did, she said. Now, we want to know what you think. Have you tried going on a gluten-free diet to lose weight? Do you have celiac disease or know someone who is gluten sensitive who resents when others go gluten-free "just because"?

Leave your opinion in the comments section below and join our celiac and gluten sensitivity tweet chat today at 1 p. Experts from topic celiac and gluten-free organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic, the American Gastroenterological Association and the Celiac Sprue Association will be tweeting their thoughts.

Joining the tweet chat is easy. Click here for more details. Thinking gluten free equals weight loss You may have seen a friend, co-worker, or celebrity suddenly slim down after proclaiming to give up gluten. And while going gluten free may absolutely lead to dropping a dress size or more , the weight loss is generally caused by giving up foods that contain gluten, which are loaded with dense amounts of refined carbs, like bagels, pasta, crackers, pretzels, and baked goods. Axing these foods altogether, or replaced them with more veggies and healthy gluten-free whole grains, like quinoa and wild rice, automatically cuts excess carbs which may have been feeding fat cells , ups fiber and nutrients, and results in soaring energy.

However, going gluten free can also lead to weight gain. And some gluten-free foods are made with refined gluten-free grains, which have been stripped of their fiber and nutrients, like white rice.

Ignoring the rest of your diet In addition to quality and quantity, balance is critical for feeling well and achieving weight loss. And if you think you may be gluten intolerant, try to avoid gluten , and monitor your how you feel. But in either case, the single most important thing you can do is to strive for a healthy, balanced, whole foods diet, the true keys to both optimal health and weight loss.

Are you confused about gluten free diets? Have you lost or gained weight by going gluten free?

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