The Truth Behind The Gluten Free Diet Trend

by Mel on December 21, 2012

Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in barley, wheat and rye. It is also added to many foods such as pizza, pancakes, beer, most baked goods and many other foods and beverages. Gluten is the substance that makes dough elastic and gives baked goods an appealing chewy texture. Gluten is also the latest food to be demonized by dieters, and gluten free diet weight loss success stories abound online and in fitness magazines.

While it is probably useful for most people to moderate gluten intake, a gluten free diet is not for everyone. Although such a diet could help you to lose weight and is necessary for someone with an allergy or intolerance, gluten elimination diets are unrealistically restrictive for most dieters.

Gluten and Inflammation

Inflammation is a major stumbling block to weight loss because chronic inflammation causes high levels of  cortisol and alters glucose metabolism. Unfortunately, many dieters unknowingly trigger inflammation by eating the wrong foods. Gluten is one example of an ingredient that causes inflammation for many people including those with celiac disease and those with other gluten sensitivities. For these people, reducing gluten is not enough. To get optimal results, they must completely eliminate gluten from their diets.

How a Gluten Free Diet Could Help with Your Weight Loss Efforts

The people most likely to benefit from gluten free diets are those with celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities. If you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, one way to tell if gluten could be a problem for you is to eliminate it completely from your diet for 3 to 4 weeks and note any changes in how you feel. Reintroduce small amounts, and see if any digestive problems return. If so, you may have a problem with gluten and benefit from a diet free of this product.

Even those without gluten sensitivity might find that incorporating gluten free products into their diets helps with weight loss. This is not, however, because of anything wrong with gluten. It is due to the fact that gluten elimination diets are low in high-calorie refined carbohydrates.

Replacing Dietary Staples with Gluten Free Foods

For a person with a gluten allergy or other sensitivity, gluten free breads, pastas and treats are best used as an occasional indulgence. It is important to remember that giving up gluten is unlikely to produce weight loss if you eat a lot of these high-calorie, heavily processed products. Instead, people focused on weight loss need to eat natural, whole foods in order to achieve best results.

One other thing to remember if you are eliminating gluten is that you may also be unintentionally eliminating important nutrients like calcium, iron, zinc, foliate, niacin and fiber. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet and consider keeping a food journal so that you can watch your nutrient intake while transitioning to a diet without gluten.

Restaurants and Gluten Free Meals

If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, eating out can be a problem because many meals are prepared on floured surfaces. For those avoiding gluten to cut calories, this is not a problem, but for those with gluten sensitivity, this can trigger a reaction. To avoid a problem, you need to be proactive and thoroughly question the staff about ingredients and preparation methods. It is also a good idea to patronize restaurants that voluntarily register with online gluten free registries since these establishments are more familiar with gluten free food preparation.

Is a Gluten Free Diet for You?

Unless you have celiac disease or some other type of gluten sensitivity, you probably do not need to eliminate all gluten in order to lose weight. Gluten free diets are not a quick fix for weight problems. However, going gluten free or choosing a limited gluten diet could help you to shed pounds as long as you make sure to replace gluten-containing foods with healthy alternatives, and keep your calories at a reasonable level.

 

Mel

Mel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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