I don’t have Celiac disease, but I do try to go gluten-free as much as possible based on my doctor’s orders. Just by making this lifestyle change I have gone from a size 14W/16W down to a size 12/14. By deciding to go gluten-free has made me a lot more conscious of what I put into my body. This lifestyle may not be for everyone, so this blog post is to help those of you who are considering diving into a gluten-free lifestyle.
Is Gluten-Free A Trend?
Spring is here and that means summer, and swimsuit season, are right around the corner. As always, swimsuit season is accompanied by another season: diet season. One of the most popular trends right now is gluten-free. In fact, some people love it so much, it has become a lifestyle. Before you jump into a whole new lifestyle, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding this growing craze.
What does “gluten” actually mean?
Gluten is a mixture of proteins that are found in wheat and related grains, such as barley, rye, and oats. A gluten-free lifestyle was initially just suggested for people suffering from Celiac disease, as the glutens would cause extreme inflammation to their small intestines. The dieticians started to notice that the people on the gluten-free diet were losing weight after being on this course of treatment for a few months. Subscribers to the lifestyle believe that although most people can handle gluten, it is actually bad for them, long-term.
What foods can I no longer eat?
A lot of the breads you eat will be off limits. Anything related to wheat, rye, or barley is out, but that is common sense. There are a number of things that you wouldn’t normally think of, such as graham crackers, couscous, and even some chicken broths! For a comprehensive list, please check out this gluten-free food guide. You can also check out these gluten-free recipes for some examples of the type of meals you can prepare.
Will this diet help me with weight loss?
It definitely could. However, your newfound weight loss won’t simply be attributed to cutting out those pesky glutens. More than likely, you will lose weight because you are no longer eating as much junk food and you are eating more fruits and vegetables.
When a person loses weight, it is because that person’s body is burning more calories than they are taking in during a day. Foods high in gluten are often times also high in calories. Another thing to remember is this: do not just assume that because something is on the list of approved foods, you can eat as much of it as you want. Remember to always read the labels. Some foods may not have any gluten, but they may be high in sugar. Sugar converts to glucose which in turn converts to fat. And while we’re on the subject, also check the label to ensure that the food you choose isn’t high in fats. Therefore, going gluten-free does not guarantee you will lose weight. This article by Liz Neporent goes over how one can gain weight on a gluten-free diet.
Is this a good choice for me?
Maybe. However, as previously discussed, it is not a good choice simply because you would be cutting out glutens. It’s a good choice because it will cause you to monitor what you eat, and in doing so, you should be cutting out the majority of the junk food you have been consuming.
Also, it is a fact that glutens, to some degree, cause inflammation in the small intestine. That inflammation causes bloating and discomfort, and no one wants either of those things. Here is a list of the pros and cons from some expert dieticians.
Regardless of how you feel about gluten, it’s universally understood that label reading is important to any and every health regimen. If nothing else, this lifestyle will get you in the habit of reading the labels. Just remember to check the sugar and fat content while you’re back there.
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