If you try an alkaline diet or pretty close to alkaline (no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no meats, fish) you will lose weight if you are strict enough. I take DGL licorice 20 minutes before meals to help heal the esophagus. I eat basically 3 meals a day, but small ones. You can have melon or a banana (ripe) for breakfast with some millet (I get puffed millet in the supermarket). For lunch, tofu or a little white chicken meat or a small piece of sole or flounder (for protein) with a variety of different vegetables. I try to vary them each day since my diet is so limited - cooked - carrots, broccoli, string beans, red beets, sweet potatoes (not yams). I also cook QUINOA (very high in protein) grains to eat with my vegetables Basically, soft cooked foods are better since they are not caustic going down the esophagus. We are all trying to heal it after all and want to prevent any scratching. Be sure to chew your food really well before swallowing.
DRIED figs and dates are also very alkaline so I have that for dessert.
I do basically the same for a VERY EARLY dinner.
IT'S EXTREMELY RESTRICTIVE but I don't plan on being on this very restricted diet for a long time (it's been about 1 1/2 mos now and I'm controlling my symptoms).
I have lost some weight while eating this, and I'm happy about that I needed to lose 15 lbs. Well, gave up sugar and wheat so that did it. Unless you eat alot of sweet potatoes and bananas, weight loss will occurr since you are eating small meals and leaving out all the bad things.
I have learned alot about alkaline foods, how they help us fight diseases! I will never go back to eating alot of the foods I ate before.
Hope this helps. Just do some research on alkaline diets and check on my sept. postings on it. Remember, alkaline doesn't always mean good for GERD. Just eat the NON-ACIDIC foods in an alkaline diet.