Until about 20 years ago, people hadn’t even woken up to the concept of this altered meal plan. Isn’t it strange then, that more and more folks seem to be raising the gluten-free flag when they’re out at restaurants?
It seems that this modified food plan that’s meant to serve those suffering from celiac disease (their body cannot process the protein), is being used and abused by dieters, and in some cases those starved for attention. It’s glamorous to be on a diet; the problem is, this is not a diet plan for weight loss—it’s to aid those with celiac disease!
If the reason you’re going gluten-free is to lose weight, chances are you’re in for a rude shock. In fact, many have reported weight gain after going G-free, and there are plenty of logical reasons to explain that:
- If you’re gluten intolerant, you’d experience pain, cramps, bloating, or discomfort, which would prompt you to stop eating the food. Those who do it to lose weight feel no such thing. This leads to them eating in excess, under the false presumption that they’re consuming healthier foods.
- The same is the case with those who eat pre-packaged gluten-free foods. A G-free pasta, cookie, brownie, sausage, or pizza is still calorific enough, all on its own. It is packed with sugars, fat and sodium to mimic the taste of its original counterpart. Plus, it is highly processed; go figure!
- People fail to exercise portion control when on a gluten-free diet, as diligently as they would if they were not. Even healthy alternates in excess can make you gain weight.
- G-free meals lack sufficient fiber content. This hampers digestion and also doesn’t satiate your appetite. Chances are you’ll be hungry almost every hour or so.
Gluten was never detrimental to weight loss, so why demonize it? Cutting out food groups does more harm than good, compromises nutrition, and prompts you to eat all the wrong things. What are you trading in your whole grains for? That’s the question you need to ask yourself.
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