There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to Gluten Free Diets and weight loss. Going gluten free is the latest craze for people looking to lose weight.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and countless processed foods including pasta, breads and cereals.

What is Celiac Disease?

Some people avoid gluten because they have Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder. The body’s immune response to gluten damages the small intestine lining. This results in abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and diarrhea.  Celiac disease prevents absorption of vitamins and minerals and promotes weight loss.

Gluten Intolerance.

Other people avoid gluten because of gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance mimics symptoms of Celiac disease without the immune response.

Gluten and weight loss.

There’s no evidence that removing gluten alone from your diet will help you lose weight. However gluten free food doesn’t mean healthy. Foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and meats are naturally gluten free. A lot of gluten is found in processed foods so removing processes foods is the key to health and weight loss.

More energy.

Some people claim that removing gluten from they’re diets gave them more energy. I totally agree with the fact that removing processed flour, cake and pasta will give your more energy. Gluten by itself is not bad. Try replacing usual wheat with sprouted wheat and see the difference. Personally I stay away from processed/gluten food but gluten itself doesn’t bother me if it comes from an unprocessed form.

Gluten free can make you gain weight.

Grocery and health food stores are full of gluten-free cakes, cookies and sweet treats. These foods often are high in sugar and fat, making them dense with calories.  Be sure to read those food labels! They often add fat, salt and sugar to make them “tastier”.

It can be a good excuse.

Personally I use gluten as an excuse a lot when I go out or dine at restaurants. Instead of saying I don’t want their food, I simply say I eat gluten free and dairy free. This limits the amount of flour, cream and junk they put in my food. Its also an excuse when I’m trying to stay away from a rich meal made by a family member. Its more accepted then <>.

Conclusion.

Gluten-free diets are typically consumed by those who are unable to tolerate gluten on a biological level.  However, some people choose to follow a gluten-free diet for healthier eating.

I would suggest you start by removing gluten from processed form only and keeping the unprocessed. If that doesn’t work then you can look into the natural way.

There is no harm in avoiding gluten, but remember to consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and legumes. Make sure your gluten-free choices are still 100 percent whole grain such as buckwheat, quinoa or brown rice.

You lose weight when you expend more calories or energy than you consume – not by avoiding gluten.  Diet and exercise are both important components of weight management and a healthy lifestyle.

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