- For some patients with celiac disease, weight gain can happen with the start of the gluten-free diet.
- This weight gain comes from many different factors, such as the healing of the intestines and the changes in diet. 1,2
- This initial weight gain is a sign of improved intestinal health, but too much weight gain can be a problem. It is important to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- If you have gained too much weight on the gluten-free diet, ask your doctor or registered dietitian for advice on managing weight gain.
TAKE HOME MESSAGES:
- Initial weight gain on the gluten-free diet is usually due to better intestinal health. Too much weight can lead to other health risks.
- It's important to continue a healthy and balanced gluten-free diet to reduce the amount of weight gain.
Have you gained unwanted weight after starting the gluten-free diet?
If so, read on.
- Impact article from University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center http://www.celiacdisease.net/assets/documents/SP08CeliacCtr.News.v5final.pdf. Accessed April 20, 2011.
- Dennis M. Weight Gain: A Common and Sometimes Unwelcome, Measure of Healing. In Real Life with Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten-Free . Eds. Dennis M, Leffler D. AGA Press. Bethesda, MD, 2010.
Revision Date: 8-23-12
Author: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN
Editors: Suzanne Simpson, RD and Rupa Mukherjee, MD