Is Gluten Free Weight Loss Friendly?

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Desperate to lose weight, you’ve overhauled your diet. You’ve vowed to not eat potato chips, French fries, ice cream, and many of your other favorite foods until you reach your goal weight. Because you’ve heard so much buzz about the gluten-free trend, you’ve decided to jump on board. You’re not sure if going gluten-free will help you drop the pounds. But, you figure it certainly can’t hurt. If you can relate to this scenario, you might want to rethink your plans to give up gluten for good.

What is Gluten? 

Gluten is a type of protein present in: wheat, barley and rye. When people suffering from celiac disease consume gluten, their bodies produce an immune response that assaults their small intestines. These assaults damage the villi lining your small intestine. As a result, your body can’t correctly absorb nutrients. Eliminating gluten-free foods from your diet is the only treatment for celiac disease. Medical professionals estimate only one percent of Americans have this serious, medical disorder. However, others may be sensitive to gluten without testing positive for celiac disease. For everyone else, adopting a gluten-free diet isn’t necessary. In fact, it might negatively impact your health. 

Gluten Free May Not Fit Your Needs

Healthy whole grains contain gluten. They’re packed with:

  • B vitamins
  • Iron
  • Fiber

Therefore, if you eliminate gluten from your diet, you’re likely depriving your body of the nutrients it needs to perform at optimal capacity. Besides being void of the aforementioned substances, the gluten-free products lining supermarket shelves today tend to contain little: 

  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium

However, these products, marketed as healthy, are sometimes filled with waistline expanding calories, sugar, and fat. Another drawback to gluten-free products is their price. They’re often much more expensive than their traditional counterparts. To learn more about eating real, healthy foods, including those that contain gluten, consider scheduling a free, initial consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.


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