I know … some of those purpose made gluten free products do seem to have a lot of calories in!
Many people lose weight before diagnosis (though not all!) and then put weight back on quickly, once they’ve switched to a gluten free diet. This is because the body starts to absorb nourishment where it couldn’t before. My malnourished one year old rapidly looked like a little podge once she started eating again. We put this down to a famine response, and decided her body was piling on the pounds before the food supply disappeared – she soon slimmed down and is now a beautifully svelte twelve year old.
The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted a new ad in my sidebar for the FitBug*
This seems like a really nifty idea to me. Seven years ago, I did WeightWatchers, and probably I ought to be going back. Actually, there is no ‘probably’ about this. I should lose some weight.
WeightWatchers worked well for me, and the key was the regular check, and knowing that I had to report my progress to someone! But it is quite expensive, or would be until I got back to my goal weight. FitBug is cheaper …
The Bug is a clever pedometer which plugs into your computer so you can update the FitBug site with your information. Every Monday, FitBug will email you a progress report setting exercise targets for the week and a healthy eating plan. And this plan is targeted for you, so if you need a gluten free diet – or are vegan, diabetic or lactose intolerant – your eating plan will cater for this!
FitBug will send you text/email messages to keep you going – and there are members pages with information, forums and challenges to help you, so you can find a community to help you get back to a healthy lifestyle.
I do think this looks like a good idea. We all know that we should eat less and exercise more, and that walking is good for you. I seem to spend my life at my desk at the moment, despite having a gym membership, and could do with adding more activity to my life.
Is there anyone else out there who could do with a bit of motivation? How about this … I’ll post my progress regularly. Feel free to join in: comment, add your own target, share your progress, beat me up if I lose motivation. So – will you be my coach?
My target: lose 14 lbs. Starting point: 144 lbs. Realistically, this could be done in two months, but is more likely to take at least three, maybe four. Starting … NOW!
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I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…