Gluten free living for weight loss?

Well, if you ask most medical experts, they would say a resounding “No.” But you all know my take on medical experts. Based on my own experience and what I have observed in those around me I would say, “Yes, on a gluten free diet, people do tend to lose weight.”  Here are some theories why.
First of all, people who adopt a gluten free diet, usually do so because they have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. In the past, these people were not able to process any of the foods they were eating that contained wheat, rye, barley, spelt or oats. This means that their digestive systems were not working efficiently and were either eliminating the food from the body or storing it as fat. Going gluten free allows the body to recognize and process the foods that we eat and use them for nutrients. When your food is able to be used by the body as fuel and not waste, you are not hungry all the time and you are not eating as many calories, which is ultimately the key to losing weight.
In addition, people who begin a gluten free journey are suddenly more aware of the ingredients in their food. When you start looking at the ingredients and nutritional values of the foods that you are eating, you tend to eat more healthy. And eating healthy can be addicting! Once you realize that eating gluten free foods, especially naturally gluten free foods, gives you more energy, prevents bloating and gas, and keeps you satisfied, you will not want to go back to your old way of eating. Again, eating healthy=weight loss.
Another thing I noticed when I went gluten free is that I did not crave carbs anymore. I have written a whole article about this, but basically, unprocessed gluten turns into an opiod in your body, telling you to eat more food. When you eat more food, you still can’t process it, so your body keeps trying to satisfy a craving that it physically cannot. Once you break this vicious cycle, you ultimately are eating less food, which can result in weight loss. According to, Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, eating wheat stimulates your body to produce very high levels of insulin, the hormone that moves sugar from your bloodstream into your body’s cells. High insulin levels cause your body to accumulate fat around your abdomen. When your body has an increase in insulin circulating in the blood, it also can lead to feelings of low blood sugar, which make you hungry. You grab a quick snack like some easily-digested carbohydrates, and the cycle starts all over again. Dr. Davis believes that taking the wheat out of your diet can calm this cycle involving high insulin and low blood sugar, and almost always leads to the person consuming fewer calories … which in turn results in weight loss.
Finally, we all know the complaint; ‘Gluten free foods are way too expensive. I could never feed my whole family gluten free.’ Again, I have done many articles to counteract this argument, specifically pointing out that there are cheap, naturally gluten free foods out there that are loaded with nutrients and are good for you! In fact, in 2010, I based most of my articles on gluten free whole foods. In fact I am eating two this very second: popcorn and apples with cinnamon. Very yummy, lots of fiber and highly satisfying. However, when you do splurge and get that $6 box of gluten free donuts, or 4 pack of cinnamon rolls, you are more likely to savor them, ration them, and enjoy them on occasion, instead of daily like you used to do.
Here is one of my favorite naturally gluten free grains: Quinoa. It is pronounced (KEEN-WA). I buy a 4 pound bag at Costco for about $10. It has 220 calories and 5.2 grams of fiber for 1 cup cooked. It takes 12 minutes to make and it is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It only has 2.5 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein per ¼ cup dry grain. However, I learned that quinoa is not a grain but a pseudo-grain, an ancient seed that is in the same family as spinach (Chenopodiaceae). If you have been keeping up with all my recipes, you know that my favorite way to eat quinoa is on the side with a nice piece of salmon and some veggies. If you have never tried quinoa before, I recommend trying some to substitute for white rice or white potatoes; two foods that are sure to pack on the pounds due to their high starch content, low fiber content and high glycemic index number. I would recommend going to the website: http://www.cookingquinoa.net for more great recipes.

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