Gluten-Free Doesn't Mean Weight Loss Friendly


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For the past several months, you’ve been determinedly attempting to lose weight and get in shape. You emptied your pantry and refrigerator of junk foods such as cookies, candy, and potato chips. While you’re making strides with your weight loss journey, you’re concerned you might not be doing enough. After hearing all the latest hype concerning gluten-free diets, you’re pondering giving up gluten for good. If you can relate to this scenario, you might be interested to learn that gluten-free doesn’t mean weight loss friendly.

Gluten refers to proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley products. This much maligned substance helps foods retain their shapes by acting as a glue that holds them together. Gluten is present in many foods you eat on a daily basis including: 

  • Soups
  • Baked goods
  • Breads
  • Cereals
  • Pastas
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces

About one percent of the population has celiac disease. Celiac disease causes a person’s small intestine to become damaged when gluten is consumed. If you don’t suffer from this disorder, you shouldn’t worry too much about your gluten consumption. Purchasing gluten-free products likely won’t jumpstart your weight loss efforts. In fact, engaging in this practice might actually sabotage your diet. Some gluten-free products contain large amounts of waistline expanding sugar, sodium, and fat. Even worse, forgoing gluten might rob you of essential nutrients your body needs. Many foods containing gluten have been fortified with iron and b vitamins. However, gluten-free products are often not enriched with these health benefiting substances. 

To successfully lose weight and keep it off for life, you need to eat a diet rich in real, healthy foods. Avoid getting caught up in trendy diets that often restrict entire food groups. Besides dampening your mood, these fad diet plans can sometimes negatively affect your health. So, you really can have your bread and eat it too.

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