Dear random people who are considering going gluten free in order to lose weight,
A gluten free diet is not a fad diet, or at least it shouldn’t be. Those of us who are celiac, gluten intolerant or required to remove gluten from our diets for other serious reasons do so because we have to. As a celiac, if I eat gluten I am going to become very sick pretty quickly. I’ll have terrible stomach pains, I’ll feel bloated, I”ll have lots of gas, I’ll probably get a headache, all of my energy will be gone, I’ll have diarrhea. My head will get foggy. I’ll feel like crap and this could last for a few days. I’ll also be putting myself at risk from osteoporosis and various cancers. That’s why I don’t eat gluten. Why don’t you?
Why you probably won’t lose weight on a gluten free diet
- Gluten Free doesn’t mean sugar, fat and calorie free. You don’t seriously think just because something is labelled as gluten free that it’s healthy do you? A double chocolate fudge brownie is still a double chocolate fudge brownie whether or not it’s made from gluten containing ingredients.
- Some gluten free products actually have more calories than their glutenous counterparts. If you choose gluten free cake, bread or crackers you may in fact end up getting more calories than if you’d chosen non gluten free cake, bread or crackers.
- Many people following a gluten free diet, especially at the beginning, find that they have nutritional deficiencies as they aren’t getting all they need from the food they’re eating. Calcium, B vitamins, iron, vitamin D and magnesium are among the most popular. It’s not enough to just go gluten free, you have to be careful about what products you’re eating and ensure you’re getting enough essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals in your diet.
- Nowadays you can find plenty of unhealthy, high calorie, sugar filled gluten free products similar to those you find which aren’t gluten free. Â If you find yourself unable to avoid such products now, why would you suddenly be able to control your urges simply because the chips or cakes you found are made from lentils and rice rather than wheat and oats?
Please don’t think of a gluten free diet as a weight loss diet and don’t take the gluten out of your diet if you don’t have to. Simply not eating gluten is in itself not going to help you magically lose weight. Strong will and moderation is. Reduce the amount of processed food you consume, limit the amount of carbs, sugars and fats. Whether what you eat is gluten free or not eat a healthy, balanced diet and get out and do more exercise. Going gluten free isn’t your answer. You’re lucky you can eat gluten, I wish I could.