GAPS diet: Weight Loss and Weight Gain

July 12, 2011 · 16 comments

GAPS diet weight loss & gain

GAPS diet weight loss & gain

My family started the GAPS diet a little over a week ago after starting on gluten-free and then deciding to take the whole plunge in order to get healthy.

I’d suffered from migraines, eczema, depression, and anxiety my whole life, but have otherwise been healthy and normal weight.

My older son had some troublesome behavioral issues (although he was still in the “normal” range, I had the sense that something wasn’t quite right) and he fell off the weight charts as soon as I started him on solid foods. Because his development was otherwise normal (and often advanced), I pushed my doctors to let us wait and see.

My husband had digestive issues since he was a young child, and his weight has fluctuated wildly since he was teenager. He had bouts of bad skin, and patches of psoriasis.

All our symptoms have improved, even in just a few days of doing the intro diet. I wish I’d taken “before” pictures, because we wake up every morning feeling and looking better.

What’s blowing us away is how our bodies are changing. We didn’t start the GAPS diet to lose weight, but both of us have. What’s fascinating is that we’re not “deflating” as is common with many diets. Instead, our bodies are morphing into their ideal shapes.

My waist, which hasn’t been the same since having my babies, is back. My stomach is flat. My hips and butt are still full, and my muscle tone seems to improve every day. I haven’t looked like this since I was in college.

My husband carries his weight in his belly and thighs, and previous attempts at losing weight tended to ignore these stubborn areas. Since we started GAPS, though, those are the first places that are shrinking. His shoulders are getting broader, and the muscles in his chest and upper arms are getting stronger, even though he’s not working out any more than usual.

My son who hasn’t gained weight normally is starting to round out and feel solid. He hasn’t had a real growth spurt yet, but from the looks of it, it seems like it will only be a matter of time.

Dr. Campbell-McBride, who developed the GAPS diet, says that the protocol helps normalize the hormones in the body that have been ravaged by processed foods and medications, and helps return bodies to the natural male and female shapes that we find beautiful and ideal.

I believe it. It explains why efforts at exercise alone won’t re-shape our bodies the way we want them to be, but eating the proper foods will.

I don’t know if I would embark on the GAPS diet simply for weight loss (it’s a lot of effort and change, and it takes some serious motivation to stick with it), but there’s absolutely no denying that it’s bringing us to our ideal weights in addition to all the other benefits we’re getting from it.

Photo credit:  Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr

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