There has certainly been a rise over the past few years of gluten-free diets, with various foods now being offered without gluten.
Often people are recommended to undertake a gluten-free diet to solve various digestive issues, but can eliminating gluten from your diet result in weight loss too?
Gluten-free is only for those with a sensitivity
While gluten-free diets are popular right now, the truth is that if you do not suffer from a gluten sensitivity then you are wasting your time and money on these types of food.
If you suffer from any of the following on a regular basis then it maybe worthwhile checking with your doctor to see if you have a sensitivity:
- Stomach pain
Watch out for those added sugars in gluten-free food
You may think that gluten-free is healthy, but removing gluten from your food can leave it tasting bland.
What many manufacturers do to compensate for this lack of taste is to add extra sugars, salts and fat, which will obviously have an impact on how healthy the food is.
If you are choosing to eat gluten-free then please check the labels thoroughly. There maybe a healthier alternative available.
Gluten-free is not calorie free
These added sugars, salts and fat all add calories to these gluten-free foods, so what you think is healthy may contain many hundreds of extra unwanted calories, which will spell bad news for anyone looking to lose weight.
So, would we recommend a gluten-free diet?
If weight loss is your only reason for going on a gluten-free diet then I certainly would not be recommending it.
Of course there are benefits for those with digestive issues or autoimmune disorders like celiac disease, but for those who are healthy the extra expense is not worth it.
Remember most nutrient-rich food that is recommended by nutritionists is naturally gluten-free, so I would recommend adding these to your diet; fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as eggs, lean meats, poultry, fish and nuts.
Instead of focussing on gluten-free, if you want to lose weight try to stick to those foods that have been minimally processed. They are nutrient-rich and are much more healthy for you.