There has been a lot of media press on the correlation between a gluten-free diet and weight loss but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the truth. If you are unaware what gluten is it is a protein that is found in grains and people with celiac disease experience an allergic reaction from the intake of it. Many holistic nutritionists have theorized that the majority of people cannot properly digest gluten and thus it causes problems in their body leading to weight gain and fatigue. Most people don’t know what gluten is or that it may likely be bad for them but everybody should experiment by going on a gluten-free diet for two weeks and seeing how they feel at the end.
Of course there are going to be a small percentage of people who are going to be fine eating gluten but those people are few and far between. Even though you may experience some weight loss by eliminating gluten from your diet the real secret is going to be to eliminate refined carbohydrates from your diet. Gluten free products have risen dramatically in sales over the past two years growing by as much as 30% and there are many pro athletes who are endorsing going on a gluten-free diet. Even if you don’t have celiac disease is recommended that you really try going on a gluten-free diet for a couple weeks just to see if your body responds better to not taking it in. The majority of people do have a gluten sensitivity which basically means they experience some of the symptoms of celiac disease after eating gluten foods but it is recommended that everybody experiment to find out on their own.
One thing is for sure though that eliminating refined carbohydrates such as pizza, hamburger buns, pasta and bagels is the clear path to weight loss. The reason these refined carbohydrates make you gain fat is because they cause a hormonal imbalance by increasing the release of insulin causing your body to store fat rather than burn it off. This doesn’t mean you have to go on an extreme carbohydrate free diet such as the Atkins diet but is recommended that you at least replace these refined carbohydrates with healthier sources such as vegetables, fruits and beans. There are other grains out there that are gluten free such as quinoa, wild rice and millet which you can find at pretty much any health store.
Even if you test out a gluten free diet and experience no weight loss it will be a wise idea to completely get rid of refined carbohydrates from your diet. This will not only cause you to lose weight but you’ll have more energy and have better digestion throughout the day. You’re going to want to focus on eating more lean protein sources, healthy fats and vegetables while limiting your intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars because they’re going to be the real culprits in your weight gain. A gluten-free diet and weight loss may not go together with everybody but I can guarantee that a refined carbohydrate free diet will most definitely.