Gluten Free Weight Loss Wondering if the gluten free weight loss diet really works?

With a number of high profile celebrities crediting a gluten free diet as the reason for their recent weight loss, it’s not difficult to see why more and more Americans are jumping on the gluten free weight loss bandwagon, with over US2.6 million dollars having been spent on gluten free products in the last twelve months alone.

According to research, around 9 out of 10 people who purchase gluten free food do so not because they are gluten intolerant, but because they think gluten free equates to healthy and that by eliminating gluten from their diet they will lose weight.  But does gluten free weight loss really work?  According to dieticians and other health professionals who have studied the effect a gluten free diet has on weight for those who are not gluten intolerant, the answer to that question is no.

Much of the confusion surrounding gluten free weight loss stems from people thinking gluten and carbohydrates are one and the same thing.  This, however is not the case.  Gluten is a protein contained in many whole-grain foods that contain carbohydrates.  A carbohydrate is a food nutrient; a starch or sugar.

The main source of gluten in our diet comes from wheat, barley and rye and products containing these such as bread, pasta, cereals, muffins, cakes, cookies, crackers, pretzels, pie crust and the like.  Not only do these products contain wheat, many of them also contain sugar and/ or fat, and most are also high in calories.  Anyone who eliminates these items from their diets, replaces them with unrefined carbs such as those found in fruit and vegetables and follows a low calorie diet, should lose weight.  However, the vast majority of people who go gluten free for weight loss do not adopt this approach.

We’re often busy so like the convenience of packaged food.  This means when we see gluten free cereal, brownies, cakes and cookies we may buy them thinking we’re doing the healthy thing.  Really, all we’re doing is swapping wheat flour for the rice flour, corn starch or potato starch that is used in most packaged gluten free foods.   Not only are pre-packaged gluten free products expensive, more often than not they are higher in sugar, carbohydrates and calories than comparable products that contain gluten.  This makes gluten free products useless as a weight loss aid and a complete waste of money for anyone who is not gluten intolerant.

By all means give the gluten free weight loss diet a try if you intend to steer clear of packaged gluten free products.  Just keep in mind that eliminating gluten will have no greater effect than any other good weight loss plan.

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