Gluten Free Diet and Weight Loss

Is eating a gluten free diet a good way to lose weight?  It depends on how you are eating gluten free.  If you are replacing your cookies, crackers, pastas and other carbohydrates for their gluten free counter parts, the answer is probably NO.

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Simple carbohydrates are simple carbohydrates, and the body will recognize them as such, whether they are gluten free or not.  When you are trying to lose weight, you need to limit your simple carbohydrates and make sure you are getting the right amounts of good fats, proteins, and vegetables from above the ground.

You also want to have plenty of pure water.  There are many beliefs on what plenty of water is, but that is for  future post.

What about fruits?  They are healthy, right?  Fruit does have its place in a balanced diet, but it is a simple carbohydrate and too many carbohydrates in our diet causes fat storage.  When trying to lose weight, one of the way to reduce simple carbohydrates is to reduce your fruits.  When consuming fruit, make sure it is the whole fruits so you are getting the benefits of the fiber in the skin of most fruits.

Fats are used in many of the bodies processes and are essential for optimal health.  Click here for more information on some of the important body functions that require fat.  Below is a chart of  the healthy fats that you want to incorporate into your diet to lose weight. Sources of healthy fats include:

Avocados

Butter made from raw grass-fed organic     milk

Raw dairy

Organic pastured  egg      yolks

Coconuts and coconut oil

unheated organic nut oils

Raw Nuts, such as, almonds or pecans, and seeds

Grass fed meats

From: http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/beginner_fats.htm

     “The body is capable of breaking fat down into glucose and using it for energy, though this process takes more energy than just using any fructose or glucose already circulating in the blood. When we eat grains, processed carbohydrates or even high levels of really sweet fruits, these are easier sources for the body to use for energy. Eventually, the body starts to prefer these easier sources of energy and through insulin and leptin resistance, doesn’t metabolize fat as effectively. Additionally, any excess carbohydrates that the body doesn’t immediately use for energy is converted to fat to be stored for future energy. If you are constantly feeding your body quick energy in the form of carbohydrates, it never taps into this stored energy (fat) and fat accumulates. Any extra fats consumed at that point are also stored as fat since the body is burning its quick and easy form of fuel from carbohydrates. In this way, it is much more logical to understand that excess carbohydrates, not excess fats, cause weight gain.”

From: http://wellnessmama.com/743/guide-to-fat/

A large part of weight loss is related to the quantity of  carbohydrates you consume, and since most of the gluten free foods that are marketed are carbohydrates, I do not believe that switching to a gluten free diet for the purpose of losing weight is a reason to switch. I do believe eating gluten free is healthier, but  should weight loss should not be the sole reason to switch.  However, if you choose to eat naturally gluten free foods which include vegetables, meat, and good fats and not replace the foods that have gluten in them, it could help you lose weight.  I believe that what you eat is only part of the equation.  I believe that exercise is also apart of the equation and true long lasting weight loss requires both healthy eating and exercise together.