Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Celiac..Obesity and Weight Lifting

I stated in a previous post that 40% of people suffering with Celiac Disease are considered obese. This is contrary to what many doctors believed (and some still believe) to be correct: that you must be underweight to have Celiac Disease. This is because when people with Celiac Disease eat any amount of gluten, it acts like a poison damaging the villi in the lining of the intestines. When this happens the body cannot absorb nutrients properly and over time can lead to a condition with Celiac disease called a "leaky gut". The thinking among medical professionals for a long time was that because of this malabsorption/ malnutrition issue among individuals with Celiac Disease..one must be underweight to have the disease.

Totally incorrect.

Studies researching the link between Celiac disease and obesity indicate that among women..especially heading towards the "child rearing" ages..actually retain "extra weight" as an instinctive mechanism to "protect" the body (and any possible babies) from malnutrition. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that fat cells actually retain gluten so that the body is "carrying" the gluten within fat cells...(this gets into the link between breastfeeding and Celiac disease..will post on this later).

I literally went from a size 4 to a 14 in less than 2 years with no discernible "reason"...I also remember feeling hungry all of the time and being criticized for "poor eating habits" or "emotional eating". I was...in reality severely malnourished and obese.

This gets into the next section of this post: weight lifting.
As is referenced in my earlier blog post about my "workout rules"..you MUST lift weights to change your metabolism and really lose weight. Lean muscle mass is what causes your body to rev up it's metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day.
As many of my friends in fitness point out..do not depend on the scale through this process..muscle weighs more than fat and you first need to "bulk up a bit" before you "lean out".
Also, do not be afraid of heavier weights...you will not "beef out" unless you are supplementing and eating intentionally to do so. You will simply get stronger, leaner, toned and athletic. Lift hard and heavy at least twice a week (total body).

Here is hoping you feel empowered, healthy and strong!! xo

Some of the other benefits of weight lifting are: (from thetrainingstationinc.com )

Increases HDL - High Density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol). Reduces risk of diabetes and insulin needs.
Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lower high blood pressure.
Lowers risk of breast cancer - reduces high estrogen levels linked to the disease.
Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass.

Reduces symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
Reduces stress and anxiety.
Decreases colds and illness.

Increased muscle strength, power, endurance and size with enhanced performance of everyday tasks.  You will be able to do everyday tasks like lifting, carrying, and walking up stairs with greater ease.

By working the muscles through a full range of motion, weight training can improve your overall body flexibility.  Increased flexibility reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain

Strong muscles, tendons, and ligaments are less likely to give way under stress and are less likely to be injured.  Increased bone density and strength reduces back and knee pain by building muscle around these areas.

Boosted metabolism (which means burning more calories when at rest) with reduced body fat.  Your overall weight may not change, but you will gain muscle and lose fat. Over time you should notice decreases in waist measurements and body fat measurement.

The conditioning effect will result in firmer and better-defined muscles.
The way you sit and stand are influenced by the health of a network of neck, shoulder, back, hip and abdominal muscles.  Stronger muscles can help you stand and sit straighter and more comfortably.  You may notice improved balance and stability.

As you begin to notice the positive physical changes in your body and develop a regular exercise routine, your ability to handle stress effectively will improve. Weight training allows you to sleep better, i.e., fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper.  
Clinical studies have shown regular exercise to be one of the three best tools for effective stress management.

1 comment:

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