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Weight loss when gluten free?

Hi everyone. this is my first post and am now at a loss for how to start to shed the pounds. I was put on anti-depressants and my weight gain is spiralling higher and higher on them. I have just had pre op weigh-in and now at 12 stone 3 which is nearly a stone over the weight I was carrying a baby ; ( I am a coeliac and have no idea how to start planning meals which will help me as I have so many things i cannot eat anyway. Anyone else out there like me? Weight watchers and slimming world don't seem to cater for gluten free. Thank you in advance for any advice and happy new year all. x

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Hi and welcome, densgirl :)

I follow a low carb eating plan and therefore my diet is naturally gluten free and easy to keep to. If you log onto the Daily Diary, you'll get a lot of assistance with menu planning :)

I'd like to invite you to join our Newbie Club, which we hope will be a good place for you to connect with members, who are also just starting out. If you just post a few words to introduce yourself and respond to others there, you'll soon break the ice. Here's the link


You'll find all the information you need to navigate the forum in the header, so please take the time to read it carefully.

Wishing you all the best :)

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Hi and welcome, densgirl. :)

Sorry to hear you've been struggling. I find that when catering for a coeliac (my stepdaughter is a coeliac) it's best to cook from scratch. That way you can avoid the flour (wheat, barley, and rye) that is common in many things as a thickener (including many jar sauces and ready meals). It can be a bit of trail and error, but is definitely worth it in the end. I would also suggest you have a look at the Hairy Dieters cookbooks (I find them at my local library) as they have many great, low calorie, recipes that are either naturally gluten free or can be easily adapted. One of my favorite tricks I learned from them is to use a corn starch slurry to thicken soups, sauces, and gravies rather than the usual butter/flour roux. It cuts out some of the calories from the butter and has the added bonus that cornstarch is gluten free. :)

Good luck!


I am trying to avoid all refined carbs as I find this is helping me to lose weight and become more healthy.

There are lots of meal ideas in the daily diary thread but basically I just count the calories of everything I eat and drink and make sure it’s within my personal calorie range.

If you haven’t calculated yours yet go to the nhs BMI Calculator and on the page it displays your bmi score you’ll find your calorie range just below it.

Eat to little and the weight won’t come off so most recommend starting at the top end of the range.

Wishing you lots of luck 🍀😊

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