Have you heard the latest buzz about going gluten-free? Many health sources and books are making the claim that staying away from gluten, such as bread, pasta, and more is the secret to better health and a smaller waistline. With all of the great substitutes out there, going gluten free is easier than ever. However, many people who are turning to a gluten free lifestyle in hopes to shed some pounds are actually gaining weight instead. What’s the deal with that?
Many individuals have to take out gluten for their diet for serious health issues. However, for the rest of the population, small portions of gluten do not affect us. The problem with going gluten free for weight loss occurs when you replace your normal carbs for gluten free ones. Restaurants are serving more gluten-free meals, and grocery stores are carrying so many gluten-free products, from breads to cakes and snacks. The problem with a lot of these gluten free substitutes is that they are filled with a lot of fillers and preservatives, just like other processed foods. The box of gluten-free cake mix may be lacking gluten, but it also has a lot of other unnatural ingredients and possibly more sugar to make up for the taste.
In general, to lose weight, you must replace a bad diet for a better one. However, when you replace a diet full of gluten with a diet full of fake products, there will most likely be no change to your weight or weight gain. Another reason why people gain weight on a gluten-free diet is because they believe that taking gluten out of their diet is the magic equation to weight loss. They overindulge on foods that don’t have gluten but are still not good for you, such as French fries or chips or gluten-free desserts. To truly lose weight on a gluten-free diet, you must switch out your gluten calories for more fruits and vegetables. Also, you still need to eat the right amount of calories for your body and stay active to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
If you are interested in going gluten-free for weight loss or health benefits, don’t run out and buy processed gluten-free foods. Like any healthy eating diet, you should choose whole foods and limit your sugar and processed foods intake. Please consult a physician before taking any medical or diet advice.
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