How do I gain weight on a Gluten Free diet?
Asked by anonymous on Mar 21, 2008 in Health Conditions



I have been on a Gluten Free diet for around 10 years now, but I still struggle to maintain or gain weight. I 'm 5'3" and my weight varies from 6 to 7 stone. I need more weight but I'm not sure where to get it from. I'd like to gain at least 1 stone before the summer, and so how do I do that in around 3 months?


Answer

If there is still some gluten in your diet, your low weight could be due to malabsorption. Your doctor can tell by testing for marker antibodies in your blood. If that’s the case, consult a registered dietitian who specializes in celiac disease for a careful review of your diet.

Sometimes, low weight is due to excessive food restriction because the patient does not take advantage of the wide variety of available foods. You can buy gluten-free baking mixes for breads, pancakes, muffins and cakes, as well as gluten-free pizza crusts, crackers, hamburger rolls, etc. Visit the online Gluten-Free Mall. To gain weight, graze on high calorie “legal” foods, like nuts, peanuts, cheese, hummus, corn chips, ice cream, milk, juice, and foods cooked in oil. Increase your calories by 500 a day.


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