What is gluten and why should we avoid it? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people have an extreme allergic reaction to this protein, but many more people are intolerant of it. This intolerance can cause irritable bowels, headaches, mood swings, acne and weight gain. This article looks at the gluten free diet and weight loss by offering five tips for a healthier lifestyle.
Don’t expect to switch to a gluten free dietand expect to instantly lose all the pounds you wish to shed. If you simply switch sugary cakes to gluten free sugary cakes, then you aren’t going to see miracles happening! Your changed diet needs to be part of a holistic approach to healthier living.
Here are five tips for a healthy approach to gluten free dieting. As with any new regime, check in with your doctor first if you have health concerns.
#1 – Avoid allergens
Gluten is one of the most common food allergens. Why not cut out all the common allergens (peanuts and tree nuts, shellfish, soy, eggs and dairy as well as gluten) for a short period of time and examine the health benefits. Then slowly reintroduce these foods one by one and monitor your body for changes.
#2 – High protein
Crank up your metabolism by eating a high protein diet. A higher metabolism will help you burn more fat during the day. Protein also helps keep you feeling fuller longer.
#3 – Low carb
To keep a steady blood sugar level stick to a low carb diet. Avoid processed sugar, white rice and alcohol but also gluten free pasta and bread. Eat lots of fruits and non-starchy vegetables. Try to use these vegetables instead of bread/pasta/rice as the mainstay of any meal.
#4 – Eat organic
Eat organic whole foods with no preservatives wherever possible. Avoid fruit and vegetables that are covered in pesticides or have been genetically modified. Avoid meat from animals that have been given growth hormones or too many antibiotics.
#5 – Exercise
If you are new to exercise, just try walking for 20 minutes three times a week. Work this into your lifestyle such that it becomes second nature. Start small and slowly build up the frequency, duration and intensity of your workouts.
Try out these tips and you’ll soon be seeing and feeling the difference.