Gluten Intolerance Causes Weight Gain and Anxiety

In our waiting room, a petite young woman looked pasty, tired, and miserable. My heart went out to her. She looked about 40 lbs. overweight. After talking to her, she reported periodic cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and sometimes unfocused anxiety and irritability, which got worse with menstruation but was there most of the time. She had felt this way since puberty, over ten years, during which time she gained weight despite various “diets”. She had tried every medication, but nothing worked.


Stomach disorders


We see many cases of general stomach disorders that have not cleared up with the usual antacid or antibiotic treatment. They always include chronic inflammation of the small intestine. They are usually accompanied by overweight, fatigue, irritability, and food cravings. Often they have gone on intermittently for years.


Our first step is to remove gluten from the diet. This young woman’s big craving was for goldfish, full of gluten, which she bought from the giant box.


Avoid cereals


I told her to ignore the Food Pyramid given her in previous treatment and eliminate wheat, rye and barley from her diet, especially in cereals, all bread, crackers, chips, and bits. She could still have rice, quinoa, millet, tapioca and almond flour. While you can also have corn, it has other problems, so we usually suggest you avoid this as well.


Many people of English, Irish, or Middle European ancestry (the bulk of US and Canadian citizens) have a difference in their DNA code that makes it hard to deal with a family of proteins called gliadins, components of gluten found chiefly in wheat, rye, and barley. These people should not eat gluten.


Magnetic resonance profiling


Researchers use magnetic resonance profiling to analyze the markers in the blood and urine of 61 patients with celiac disease, 29 with potential celiac disease, and 51 healthy people. They found that those with possible celiac disease had the same biochemical profile as those with confirmed celiac disease. Their profile differed significantly from that of the healthy individuals.


Emotional headspace


But many potential celiac patients had been diagnosed with an intermittent digestive disorder or an emotional headspace. They were not given any program to exclude gluten-rich foods from their diet.


New molecular methods 


Numerous recent studies using these new molecular methods show that gluten is toxic to the digestive system and immune system of a large proportion of the North American population. Both gliadins and the protein agglutinin that accompanies them irritably stimulate appetite, yielding a solid craving for eating processed cereals, which relieves the irritation as long as the digestive system is full of them. It’s a bit like people biting down on a bad tooth. It temporarily relieves the ache but worsens the inflammation. 


Each time gluten intolerant people eat wheat, rye, or barley. They will crave them more, worsen the inflammation, and get fatter and sicker.




So far, our young client has lost 17 lbs., 3 inches off the waist and feels excellent. Her cravings have gone, and her moods have evened out. Even if you have no symptoms, your belly fat will shrink, and your health will improve by cutting back on the gluten in your diet.

If you would like to learn more about the right foods and ways to lose weight and keep it off forever, visit the best weight loss nutritionist. Our programs are gluten-free and can be tailored for each individual. Looking forward to connecting with you soon and helping you on your weight loss journey.

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