Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet

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“If you want to lose weight go on a gluten-free diet.”

This is something you’ve heard a lot in the media. It’s told to you by celebrities and and it’s told to you by TV doctors, but guess what, that’s not the case. You’ll never guess that I’m not the peak of physical perfection. I’m no Channing Tatum, I’m more of a Jack Black. This is because I am on a gluten-free diet.

I have celiac disease and I’m 100% gluten-free and I still struggle with my weight, and still, on a regular basis how my body looks. I’m not swayed by what the world perceives as ‘sexy’ or ‘chiseled’. I am 100% comfortable with my body, but my weight can get out of control and it’s getting increasingly difficult to fit into my favourite t-shirts. All because I am on a gluten-free diet.

I have a large stomach and on a good dayI have a great set of man-breasts and all while I am on a gluten-free diet. But, I’m sexy as hell.

Guess what? A gluten-free diet is a lot like any other diet and food choice out there. In order to maintain a healthy body or slim down to what you deem as acceptable, you need to work at it. There is no denying that hard work pays off. My Instagram feed is filled with gluten-free people kicking ass and staying healthy. Its a category not limited to athletes or body builders. Nurses and Dads and assistants that are all on a gluten-free diet are doing an awesome job at creating a look that they are comfortable with all while being on a gluten-free diet. Whether its celiac disease or gluten-free for other reasons.

I can do that to.

When I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008, a lot of  gluten-free food wasn’t the easiest to come by. With my initial diagnosis I lost a bunch of weight as my body started to act normal. Bloating reduced and swelling dropped. I was starting to be the thinnest an lightest weight in my adult life. The one sure fire way that I was able to be thinner and healthier in 2008 when I was first diagnosed with celiac was because no junk food and no snack food was ever, EVER gluten-free. That is a solid fact. I barely knew what gluten was. I knew as much as the next guy. Companies were blind to what gluten was and the huge need for it in the country. In 2008, man it was good that junk food wasn’t gluten-free at all or labelled properly. It helped keep me clear of all that junk.

Currently. I am now dining on gluten-free junk food like it’s going out of style. One of the worst things, was that bakeries were popping up making gluten-free brownies. Potato chip brands were now being labelled as gluten-free. There was a Scrooge McDuck moment of jumping into a pool of Doritos when I initially found out that they were gluten-free in Canada. That was truly a blessed day. But also the worst day.

A few years ago I switched doctors and I was having body issues. My big gut was always sticking out, it was always just there (while I have zero body image problems, I still think I could do something with myself or just be that much better) and I asked the doctor if my stomach was swollen because I had celiac and I was bloated because I wasn’t absorbing the proper nutrients. I used celiac as a scape goat. I just had a big beer belly.

Celiac disease can’t always be a scapegoat to how poorly an individual eats.

I’ve been on many diets.

I attempted to curb my portions to a more manageable size. I tried more physical activity. I have a food problem. I like food, so I eat food. In 2015 alone I started a diet at least three times. Breakfast is my kryptonite and Ketchup flavoured chips are probably my worst enemy. Even on these diets and attempts to become more svelte, I was still large because I am on a gluten-free diet.

Male Pattern Obesity is a thing. This is all because I am on a gluten-free diet and I don’t watch what I eat. Not because celiac disease creates a huge stomach while eating gluten-free. Its because I don’t watch what I eat. I am on a gluten-free diet and I gain weight. And I have a large stomach. I have a dad-bod.

Don’t let others tell you what to eat when it comes to gluten-free. Just because you’re a gluten-free eater doesn’t mean you have to eat clean or healthy. It’s every person’s own prerogative to do what they please with their own bodies, and that includes what you put into it. I am a leader when it comes to eating whatever the hell I want, and I am proud to say that. Just because I am on a diet, a celiac on a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating bacon,there is certified gluten-free bacon. Same with fresh fries and hamburgers and kebobs.

It is widely recommend that if you DON’t have a serious illness like celiac disease then you shouldn’t be on a gluten-free diet. Unless otherwise dictated by a competent medical professional. 

Eat whatever you want, even if you’re on a gluten-free diet and you want to ‘cheat’ and eat gluten, go nuts. I’m not going to tell you no. If you’re a celiac and you’re that stupid to eat gluten, knowing full well what it does to you, then you do whatever you want. That’s just like the way I’ll eat a bag of potato chips in one sitting. We all know the consequences of our food-eating-actions. We make the choices for ourselves. I’ll continue to eat whatever I want; healthy or otherwise (you can too), as long as its gluten-free.

Never let others tell you that a gluten-free diet is a cure-all and the ‘best’ way to lose weight. It isn’t. Diets are based on will power and hard work, proper nutrition, daily activity and mindset that I don’t possess. I commend anyone who can do it, because I struggle with food every day.