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Crohn's Disease affecting Weight

I am unable exercise outside of the house. I often can't eat 'high fibre' foods such as fruit and wholegrains as these exacerbate my symptoms rendering me in pain and unable to leave the house.

I spend many nights in pain, sleep a lot during the daytime and eat later in the day/evening.

I also take Prozac for low mood and have wondered if this can increase weight gain.

Any tips or advice gratefully received.

Best Wishes

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Hi and welcome to the Weight loss forum - Please note no one on here is medically trained ;)

So sorry to hear you are dealing with Crohn's - I have a friend who also has Crohns and I know she also struggled with her weight but she has done really well - I am sure you can too :)

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Thank you very much. I will certainly join the forum for advice and support.

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Consider a ketogenic or LCHF based diet, as both ensure that fibrous foods, that create inflammation, are kept to a minimum.

Again, if dairy produce exacerbates symptoms, it may be worth considering the likes of coconut milk, for example, since it's low in carbohydrate.


Sorry to hear about the Crohn's disease, it can be very tricky to manage. Are you getting any medication to help with the Cohn's flare ups? Have you tried cutting out gluten and dairy, as this can help some people?

Perhaps have a look at The Autoimmune Protocol, which is a form of the Paleo diet ( it not high fat), It can take some experimenting to find out what foods are ok for you. It's important to avoid any ready-made foods that contain emulsifiers as these can affect your guts badly. Finding healthy food that your body can cope with first may help with your weight.


Have a look at the HU site for support.



Thank you very much. It's a very difficult illness to manage and often makes dieting very difficult as 'healthy' foods make me ill. I will try my best.


Perhaps you could look into trying some good quality probiotics to help improve how your gut works? They may help you, if you cannot eat many vegetables.

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