Will a Gluten-Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?
Celebrities worldwide are raving about weight loss benefits of gluten-free, but does it really work?
Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus and diagnosed celiac Elisabeth Hasselbeck all said they lost weight going gluten-free. Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian and Emmy Rossum have also joined the crowd.
“Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, (physical) and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!” tweeted Miley Cyrus.
BUT….. there is no real research validating that people will lose weight eating gluten-free. In fact there are studies showing going gluten-free has no effect on weight loss.
Mayo Clinic’s gluten expert, Joseph Murray MD says there is no evidence that a gluten-free diet will affect weight loss. The study conducted on celiac patients on a gluten-free diet found some gained weight, some lost weight, and some did not change. (AM J CLIN NUTR 79: 669, 2004 SOURCE: NUTRITION ACTION. JAN/FEB 2013. GUT MYTHS)
BUT …… what I have seen and what our testing shows is that most people don’t do well with gluten in their diet and are gluten-sensitive.
Why are so many people gluten-sensitive?
Gluten protein is difficult for many people to digest, often passing through the stomach undigested. This undigested gluten then enters the small intestine and irritates the intestines wall, causing inflammation and other problems. Irritated intestines will leak undigested foods and toxins into the blood and lymph on the outside of the intestinal wall.
Fact: 3 million people in the United States have celiac disease, estimates the U.S. National Institute of Health. There is no treatment for celiac disease. The only way to combat celiac disease is a gluten-free diet, which eliminates most of the symptoms. Goldie Hawn and Juliette Lewis are just a few celebrities who have Celiac’s disease.
Going gluten-free isn’t easy. Gluten is a protein found in many foods, not just in wheat products. It is in other grains, beers, imitation meats and even things like soy sauce, pickles and hot dogs.
Why is it that many people LOSE WEIGHT going gluten-free?
They eat less starchy foods that are full of gluten. All that bread, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins, cakes and many snack foods do not work for a gluten-free diet. Guess what? They lose weight. Anyone would lose weight eliminating all those carbohydrates and unhealthy foods.
So what do they eat? They eat more veggies and lean meat, which may also be responsible for the weight loss.
Why is it that many people GAIN WEIGHT going gluten-free?
Answer: They start buying gluten-free substitutes.
BUT…. those gluten-free breads, cookies, cakes and cereals are usually higher in calories than the wheat based products. They are filled with starchy ingredients such as tapioca starch, potato starch or corn starch and even lots of sugar to make them taste good.
Some smart innovative people make their own gluten-free substitutes.
Unfortunately….. most gluten-free recipe books and online recipes have the same problem. They are full of starch and even sugar!
Store bought, and home-made gluten-free goodies taste so good that it is easy to eat lots and lots. Read my article Dangers of Common Gluten-Free Products.
Stop buying gluten-free products at supermarkets or even health food stores and making them with those unhealthy starches.
Make your own gluten-free food with whole grains.
That is not easy because as I said most gluten recipes are full of starch; the usual amount is 30 percent to 70 percent starch! I have spent years creating healthy gluten-free meals and yummy baking without all that starch.
Best to make your diet based on fresh vegetables, nuts, fruit and whole gluten-free grains. Here I am in an interview talking how to do it.
Note: If you are considering going gluten-free
- 1. Check out my Free Webinar – Diet, Detox and Strengthen – Last Chance Before Winter – which deals with proper gluten-free cooking.
- 2. Read 11 Gluten-Free Grains to learn some of the alternatives and their many benefits.
- 3. Check out: Diana’s Gluten-Free Recipes Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletters for the latest recipes.
- 4. Consider doing one of my Healthy Online Courses. All of the recipes for the courses are gluten-free.