When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, I really didn’t workout much. In fact, I was one of those people that would start working out January 1st, just to completely abandoned whatever I had by February 1st. I never really stuck with it. The hardest part for me was the dieting part. I felt like if I couldn’t eat like I should, then I would just be wasting my time in the gym.
Well, when I was forced into making some dietary changes, I figured this was a great time to start working out and finally get in good shape. I might as well take a bad situation and turn it into a good one by having a nice body. When I began to figure out what I wanted to work on, I started to wonder and have doubts about whether or not I could actually build some muscle while being on a gluten-free diet. I was new to this so, I figured I would seek a professional’s opinion and see what they had to say.
I met with a nutritionist in my area and told him about what was going on, and asked him if building muscle was possible while having to be gluten-free. His answer was refreshing and amusing, as he just laughed and said, “Of course you can.” He mentioned he had worked with a few people who were on gluten-free diets for medical reasons and had found that they actually tended to get better results because they understood the importance of food and how it can affect the body.
He said most clients he works with were men and they would tell him about how they went out and got the top rated bcaa supplement and are stacking it with the best testosterone booster on the market. But when asked about their food choices, many would say they go to Taco Bell, eat pizza a lot, or eat other foods that were not so great. Getting them to put more of an importance on food and not supplements was the hard part, so he said he was glad when he saw on my questionnaire that I had celiac disease.
He said the biggest challenge with being gluten-free and wanting to build muscle was eating enough calories to induce muscle growth. This is because a lot of gluten-free foods are stripped of nutrients and calories. So many that are gluten-free tend to eat much lower calories without really knowing it. He went on to tell me that protein was something I needed to focus on getting more in my diet, as that is the building block to building muscle.
We went on to discuss some strategies that I could use and some simple things that would help me out. My biggest takeaway was that not only was it possible to build muscle while being gluten-free, I was perhaps at an advantage compared to most. I’m not going to lie, that was nice to hear because I’ve never felt like I’ve had much of an advantage since I was forced to go gluten-free.
So while it may be a bit of a bummer at times having to be gluten-free, if you are in the same position as me, then take solace in the fact that you may have a great advantage when it comes to getting in great shape and being healthy. Just remember, there is always a silver lining to everything and sometimes you may just be surprised at what it is.