Originally Posted by redclover
does anybody do grain-free and struggle to keep weight ON? I am breastfeeding and already gluten free, just beginning to go grainfree, and I am terrified I won't be able to keep enough fats in me. Any tips? Or ideas?
Yes. I've slowly but steadily dropped 30lbs from my weight immediately post-birth (and I only gained about 5lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight during that pregnancy), and my BMI is now around 20.5. My energy levels and immune system are great, and I'm not inappropriately hungry, so I don't think this is actually unhealthy, but enough is enough already!
Typical weight-gain suggestions tend to focus around adding more healthy fat. I'm not convinced that's right for a diet that is inherently lower carb. Fats promote satiety, and it's believed that one of the reasons low-carb diets are so effective is that people naturally eat fewer calories with less carbs and more fat. Including more fruit, carby veggies, and maybe legumes if tolerated might help more. Look at what people having trouble losing weight on grain-free diets are told to avoid, and eat that (as long as it still falls within your dietary restrictions) - usually dessert type stuff, and combos of fat and carbs.