Coeliac disease is a common lifelong digestive condition that affects 1 in 100 people. Coeliac disease occurs when a person has an adverse reaction to gliadin, which is part of the gluten protein found in wheat and other grains such as barley and rye. Gluten is what gives elasticity to bread and other baked goods.
It is important to note that coeliac disease isn't an allergy or intolerance to gluten, it is actually an autoimmune condition. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include nausea and bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss and a severe type of skin rash, called dermatitis herpetiformis. Once diagnosed, the only treatment for coeliac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet.
People with Coeliac disease need to eat a gluten-free diet to prevent the symptoms of the disease. If you need to lose weight you require a diet that contains all the vitamins and minerals you need, and which promotes long-term sensible, healthy eating. Healthier for Life follows those principles.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Try to have several days a week where you don’t drink any alcohol and avoid binge drinking. If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy then it is recommended that you do not drink alcohol at all.
Be as active as you can everyday.
If you have Coeliac disease you will already be aware of what you can and cannot eat. We strongly recommend that you consult your doctor or hospital dietitian before starting your weight-loss programme.
For further advice please consult your doctor or registered dietitian.
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The nutritional advice given is based on sound healthy eating principles. However, it is important that you check with your doctor or GP before following any weight-reducing plan or starting any exercise plan.