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Will a Gluten-Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?

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.

The hope is that gluten-free sheds the pounds and inches.

 

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.

Gliadin molecule, a major component of gluten, makes foods stretchy and indigestible.

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.

 

Gluten free cupcakes sound healthier but are loaded with sugar and starches.

 

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.

Millet, a simple gluten-free grain

Note: If you are considering going gluten-free

  1. 1. Check out my Free Webinar – Diet, Detox and Strengthen – Last Chance Before Winter – which deals with proper gluten-free cooking.
  2. 2. Read 11 Gluten-Free Grains to learn some of the alternatives and their many benefits.
  3. 3. Check out: Diana’s Gluten-Free Recipes Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletters for the latest recipes.
  4. 4. Consider doing one of my Healthy Online Courses. All of the recipes for the courses are gluten-free.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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4:01AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Thank you

4:01AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Thank you

3:24PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

Well, all I know is when I cut out or limit gluten I feel much better and end up lighter. I don't go for tons of snacks that with starch and eat well for the rest of my diet so that could be part of the reason it works for me.

6:46PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

I have always had a problem with uncontrollable, unreasonable bloating after eating. I would eat minimal amounts of food and my stomach would distend so much it looked like I was 8 months pregnant. Since I went gluten free my stomach is perfectly flat no matter how much I eat, I no longer have hypoglycemia issues, and my joint problems are so much better. I am taking Vitamin B complex, to help with not getting Vitamin B from gluten. I feel so much better in so many ways.

11:38AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

Gluten is not "healthy" for anybody, it's only tolerable at best. Everyone will benefit in both wellness and weight control from substituting a tolerable grain like wheat for a beneficial grain like quinoa. If eaten correctly, the gluten free diet will benefit everyone; the key phrase is "eaten correctly."

Eating gluten free sweets may reduce bloating and/or other symptoms, but it will not lead to weight loss. If one wants to lose weight on the gluten free diet, one must integrate the gf diet with the core fundamentals of losing weight (i.e. complex carbs, lean proteins, exercise, etc.) Not only is this possible, but extremely effective. When eaten correctly, the gluten free diet makes for the perfect weight control and wellness lifestyle. I was diagnosed with celiac 12 years ago. It was very difficult at first, but now is easy with all the resources out there. Here is a great resource to use for the person looking for weight control on a gluten free diet. GlutenFreeDaily.com. Please don't flag this as spam, as I am only offering this as a helpful resource after reading the comments and needs from other members.

1:28PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

I never had any problem with gluten, but I suppose if you stop eating gluten you'll eat less starchy food which will lead to less calories eaten. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and you can't go too wrong, even if you don't lose weight. Thanks.

10:49PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

I eat a gluten free diet becuase it makes me feel better. However, beware the gluten free products in supermarkets and always read their labels before buying.

4:47PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

My four year old nice who was diagnosed celiac was skinny but with a a big fat tummy,after eating a gluten free diet she has now filled out in the right places and the big tummy has dissapered.

1:02AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Thank you :)

10:17PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

I enjoyed the link to Gluten-free grains. I didn't realize the nutrition value of many of them, especially millet. I stuck with quinoa mostly - some buckwheat. Need to add millet to my shopping list.

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