Gluten-free Diet for Weight Loss

by Maria on October 24, 2013

 Seriously, can you lose weight on a gluten free diet?

What is a Gluten-free diet, anyway?

Simply put, a gluten-free diet is one that excludes gluten – a protein found usually in wheat, barley, rye, oats, and bran.

As a matter of fact, some people have lost weight going gluten-free. They claim that everyone should try no gluten for at least a week and experience the amazing changes it brings about both in your skin and your physical and mental health.

So, does gluten-free diet have any health and weight loss benefits?

In truth, research has shown that going gluten-free has no effect on weight loss. What is more… some people on a gluten-free diet even gain weight.

Meanwhile, many people are gluten-sensitive and don’t do well with gluten in their diet. Why?

Well, because gluten is difficult for many people to digest, often passing through the stomach undigested. Then, this undigested gluten irritates the intestines which, in turn, causes inflammation and other problems. As a result, irritated intestines will leak undigested foods and toxins into the blood and lymph on the outside of the intestinal wall. Too bad!!!

Why is it that many people LOSE WEIGHT going gluten-free?

Above all, they eat less starchy foods, such as bread, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins, cakes and many snack foods that are full of gluten, and consequently, lose weight. Guess what?  Anyone would lose weight eliminating all those carbohydrates and unhealthy foods!

So, what do they eat? Well, they eat more veggies and lean meat, which, for sure, is responsible for the weight loss.

Some gluten-free products include: all fruits, all vegetables, including corn and potatoes, ( white, brown, wild) rice, tapioca, amaranth, arrowroot, millet, quinoa, soy, nuts, and legumes, fresh beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, eggs, plain milk, butter, cream, cheese, nuts and seeds, oils, honey, molasses, herbs and spices to name but a few…

Why is it that many people GAIN WEIGHT going gluten-free?

Plain and simple – they start eating gluten-free substitutes.

BUT… those gluten-free breads, cookies, cakes and cereals are usually higher in calories than the wheat based products. In fact, they are full of starch and lots of sugar which makes them taste so good, and therefore, very easy to eat lots and lots of them.

To conclude: If you want to try and see if a gluten-free diet works for you, stop buying gluten-free products at supermarkets or even health food stores and start making your own gluten-free substitutes with whole grains and other gluten-free products like vegetables and lean protein!

I know, it’s easier said than done. Well, it may not be easy, as many foods contain gluten, but it could help you lose weight and feel better in the long run! So, go ahead and try it! You have nothing to lose!

Good Luck!

 

 

 

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