Is the FODMAP elimination diet for weight loss?

William Dierenfeldt, MD
No, the FODMAP elimination diet is not meant for weight loss.

Research studies have shown that limiting foods that are high in FODMAPs will improve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, there is some research to suggest that people with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis may also benefit from the low FODMAP approach.

If you have IBS and are interested in losing weight, I would recommend consulting with a dietician who is also familiar with the low FODMAP approach.
Patsy Catsos
Nutrition & Dietetics
The FODMAPS elimination diet is based on limiting "FODMAPS" in the diet. FODMAPS stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols. Specifically, some of the dietary carbohydrates described by the term FODMAPS are lactose, fructose, fructans, polyols and galactans. These are sugars, starches and fibers in food that some people cannot fully digest and absorb.

The FODMAPS Elimination Diet is not meant to be a weight loss diet. The word "diet" is used here in a more general sense, to describe the array of foods that you are consuming. If you would benefit from gaining or losing weight, you may be much more successful achieving your goals after you have used the FODMAPS Elimination Diet to identify the foods that you can tolerate well.
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