I have been thin all my life, and am currently trying to gain weight. So I eat a lot, and often, and I'm lucky to see a pound a month of weight gain, if that. But when I cheat (infrequently) and have a slice of bread, some pizza, or (last night) some cupcakes at a wedding, I am guaranteed to be up 3# the next day, and for several days after.
For those that cheat once in a while with wheat, have you seen this? I eat potatoes, rice, and sweet potatoes fairly often and never see this effect from them.
You're not alone, if I go off paleo for a few days (or even one) I put on serious weight. I know it sounds like way too much, but two or three days of non-paleo eating can cause me to gain 10-15 pounds. Probably water retention, but it may also have to do with the number of fat cells you have and them being fed when consuming wheat. In either case, a week of eating right drops the weight right off.
If I'm LC, yes. However, I've been eating other carbs and ONLY when I have the wheat do I put weight on. I've put on 4lb and I can feel it. It's not just on my tummy either, I can feel it on my legs too.
I have other symptoms pretty much instantly (sensitive teeth & sore skin around my fingernails) too.
Whether it's gluten intolerance or I'm nutrient deficient, mechanism doesn't matter, I feel bad whatever it happens to be.
I get insta-bloat from wheat, seriously couldn't button previously loose pants within a few hours of eating. The next day 3-5 extra pounds on the scale and I'd guess from the pants tightness a minimum of 4 extra inches in the middle. It makes me think of that classic having to unbuckle the belt after Thanksgiving dinner.
Lots of bone broth leading up to cheats in recent months seems to have lessened the effect, which makes me think it could be that ol' notorious leaky gut and subsequent inflammation as the body moves fluid to the area to dilute the irritant and fight any invaders.
I have several other theories though:
Grains consumed in large quantities cause bloat in animals, being animals I see no reason why we wouldn't bloat too as the grains combine with digestive juices and continue to swell.
Food allergies often cause general swelling, so if it is full body swell, I wouldn't be surprised if you did have a sensitivity or allergy to wheat.
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