Anyone can eat healthily whilst following a gluten-free diet. There are plenty of ways to ensure you have a balanced, healthy gluten-free diet, keep to a healthy weight, get enough of the important vitamins and minerals, and stay fit and active. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can also stay healthy on a gluten-free diet.
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Managing your weight
After being diagnosed with coeliac disease and starting a gluten-free diet, some people may find that they put on weight more easily. This is because the lining of the gut heals and absorption of nutrients in food begins to return to normal.
In addition, some people may feel so much better that their appetite improves and they start to eat more than they did before they were diagnosed.
In the short term, the main aim is to maintain a lifelong gluten-free diet. Any increase in body weight should even out after a few months. If you have had coeliac disease for some time before being diagnosed, it may take a while for your body to adjust.
Healthy eating recommendations for weight control on a gluten-free diet are the same as for the general population. It’s important to keep to a healthy weight in order to prevent complications associated with being overweight such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.