"I should look like Brad Pitt."
Back before I went gluten free, I remember looking in the mirror and saying these exact words to myself.
I was working out 5 to 6 days a week, weight training and cardio, eating "right" but instead of looking good, I looked like a sausage...and it was getting worse.
Now, to be certain I didn't go gluten free to lose weight, but because I had acid reflux, IBS, anxiety and a host of other problems.
When I asked, my doctor said I didn't have celiac disease - without testing me.
I started a 100% strict gluten free diet anyway. As the inflammation decreased, I felt worlds better...and I lost weight. What I thought was fat had actually been retained fluid. 25 lbs of it. I haven't had a dad bod in 12 years, and I don't miss it a bit.