One of the fastest growing segments of the nutrition
industry is the Gluten-Free segment, with new products hitting the shelves
every day. The gluten-free phenomenon is a huge advancement for the millions of
Americans that suffer from Celiac disease. Recently, however it seems as though
more than those who suffer from Celiac disease are jumping on the Gluten-Free
bandwagon in hopes of losing weight.
The fact is, gluten-free is not a diet plan for losing
weight. In fact, most sufferers of Celiac disease often gain weight after
cutting gluten out of their diet because their bodies heal and are able to
absorb more nutrients from the foods they are eating through their small
If you do not have Celiac disease it's definitely possible
that if you've recently gone gluten-free to have lost weight but this is most
likely because you're cutting out refined flour products and initially decreasing
your total caloric intake, thereby creating a caloric deficit. The problem is,
that if we do not suffer from Celiac disease, then we need those whole grains
to get the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fiber that we need to regulate
our blood sugar and hormone levels.
Some of these gluten-free products do not offer these
nutrients in their food and
aren't really providing anything more than a
gluten-free alternative to an inferior product to begin with. Take for instance all the chips on the
shelves these days, they all contain the label..."Gluten Free"...the last time I checked,
potatoes have never contained gluten, so they've always been gluten free. It's
the food industries way of taking advantage of trends and unsuspecting
consumers. There are also a lot of gluten-free products out there that actually
contain more fat, sodium and sugar than their gluten-full counterpart. In order
to increase the flavors of some products like rice crackers, the manufacturer
has to add something to the product and it typically ends up being sugar, salt
or fat. So make sure you're still checking the labels on all of your gluten-free products before making them apart of your everyday nutrition program.
If you do not suffer from Celiac disease and are looking to
lose weight, don't go gluten free because you think it's the next miracle diet.
Try eating a balanced diet and following a few simple rules that I've talked
about before in a blog where I reviewed Robert Ferguson's book "Diet Free For
Life". Robert has a proven
strategy for losing fat by making simple adjustments to your current nutrition
program. Check out a full review of his book at the link above.
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