Can a Gluten Free Diet Plan Help You Lose Weight?

Could a gluten free diet plan help you shed unwanted weight and eliminate visceral fat? A great many people who have given up glutens report feeling better than they have in years. However, giving up all the treats you love may not be very easy!

Ever been to the grocery store while they were baking bread? Or how bout stepping into a pizza joint and smelling the warm flagrant aroma in the air? That’s exactly what you’ll be giving up when you live without glutens. (Although there are ways around it so don’t throw in the towel just yet!)

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The gluten free diet has many posh celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga jumping on board. However, can giving up wheat actually add up to real, appreciable weight loss? To answer that question, first you need to understand what gluten is. Some ten years ago, most folks had never heard of the stuff. That is until more and more people started complaining about intestinal issues, and gluten sensitivity was born, including but not limited to folks who are diagnosed with Celiac’s disease.

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What are Glutens?

Do you remember making gooey gluey mixtures of flour and water for papier mache projects back in grade school? It’s a prime example of what gluten does.

Gluten is a complex protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. When it’s dried, milled, and added to flour, it give’s dough it’s rise-ability and makes it stretchy. It also gives bread it’s lovely fluffy appeal and gives it a soft, spongy texture. When you indulge in bread that’s hot right out of the oven, it’s super yummy delicious!

True gluten, with gliadin and glutenin, is limited to certain members of the grass family. Gliadin is the gluten that helps bread rise while glutenin makes up a large percentage of the total protein content of bread.

Other Types of Glutens

Don't forget that gluten type proteins are found in all sorts of grains besides wheat. Here's a list so you'll know which proteins to avoid, if you're going gun ho on the gluten free diet plan.

Grain   – Prolamine – %
Wheat   – *Gliadin – 69%
Rye     – Secalinin – 30-50%
Oats    – Avenin – 16%
Barley  – Hordein – 46-52%
Millet  – Panicin – 40%
Corn    – Zien – 55%
Rice    – Orzenin – 5%
Sorghum – Kafirin – 52%

*It is interesting to note that gliadin is found in all other grains, except oats.

Understanding Celiac’s Disease

Anyone diagnosed with celiac disease has to avoid glutens like the black plague. They have an extreme gluten sensitivity that damages the villi in the small intestines which absorb nutrients from the foods they consume. For those people, staying on a gluten free diet plan may reverse the process or even allow the villi to replenish.

Some immediate symptoms of gluten intolerance include gas and bloating. Other symptoms include diarrhea, anemia, bone pain, and a severe skin rash. People suffering from Crohn's disease and lupus must also avoid glutens because there is an increased risk of inflammation in the joints. For anyone who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, giving up glutens may also be recommended.

The only way to tell if you have the disease is to be tested by your doctor. A simple blood test can detect antibodies related to an abnormal immune response. If the test is positive, a biopsy of the lining of the small intestine s performed to confirm inflammation.

Why is Eating Wheat Such a Big Problem?

Americans consume around 55 pounds of wheat flour each year. There are several components of wheat that can cause a problem for some people.

Glutens may seem harmless enough but can be a major disruptor. Glutens cause gut inflammation in as much as 80 percent of the population and another 30 percent develop antibodies against gluten proteins in the gut. Furthermore, 99 percent of the population has the potential to develop antibodies against glutens which means that your body won’t react to gluten right away…

However, those protecting antibodies allow gluten proteins to enter the blood stream more easily, especially if the gut is already leaky, which triggers an immune response elsewhere in the body. Antibodies against glutens can attack heart tissues and cause heart disease. Gluten has also been associated with cancer and even dementia.

It would take 17 slices of wheat bread from the 1960's to equal 2 slices of the glutens found in wheat bread today. That is nearly 8 times more gluten per slice than bread used to contain.

Also found in wheat are opioid peptides, the stuff that keeps you going back for more. When wheat is removed from the diet, people can experience actual withdrawal symptoms. Ever eaten just one Krispy Kreme glazed donut? It’s almost impossible, right? That’s the addictive power of the peptides!

Another component of wheat is the lectin, wheat germ agglutinin, Like gluten, WGA irritates the gut and causes a leaky gut. WGA also disrupts the mucus membrane in the gut, which can lead to a bacterial overgrowth and cause digestive issues like acid reflux and ulcers.

The lectin WGA often ends up breaking the blood-brain barrier, where it can cause leptin resistance; effects similar to insulin resistance. Leptin and insulin are the two most important hormones that regulate weight and help maintain normal weight and energy balance.

WGA can also cause a sudden depletion of vitamin D stores and can lead to deficiencies. When you don’t get enough vitamin D, you are venerability to bacterial infections.

Another Huge Problem with Wheat Gluten

Old fashioned hybridization was crossing two strains, (each with a desired trait), in hopes the offspring would have qualities of both traits. The modern hybridization took 4 foot tall 'amber waves of grain' and produced one and two foot tall dwarf hybrid wheat plants. The parent plants were exposed to Sodium Azide (a powerful reducing agent that explodes in water), gamma and x-rays, and other mutagens.

The modern wheat dwarf (GMO) is an offspring that can't survive without assistance, like heavy fertilizers and powerful pesticides. (Thanks a lot Monsanto!) Because the process is called hybridization, there is no FDA requirement for human testing.

The gluten proteins in modern wheat have very different amino acid structures than those from the wheat strains of 50 years ago. And gluten is not the only protein that wheat contains, and that you can develop antibodies to. Only by trying a gluten free diet plan will you know whether or not you have a sensitivity to modern wheat.

How Can You Tell if Something Contains Glutens

If you'd like to try the gluten free diet plan, you need to get used to reading labels on everything you buy. Why? Because they’re found in thousands of products on the grocery store shelves. In essence, anything that contains a label is suspect.

The first thing you can eliminate are breads, cakes, cookies and any baked product that contains wheat flour. Next you need to become a bit like Sherlock Holmes to weed out the bad stuff. Gluten is disguised under many names.

A gluten free diet plan means not eating foods that contain wheat (including spelt, triticale, teff, and kamut), rye, barley and oats. Hidden sources of gluten include food additives such as malto-dextrin, modified food starch, wheat germ, preservatives, and stabilizers along with medicines, antacids, vitamin supplements, and beverages of all kinds, including beer.

Gluten is also found in the weirdest places. It is injected into turkey as a flavor enhancer and marinades and even cooking spray! Gluten may also be found in some cosmetics or dermatological preparations.

Lipstick, shampoo, salad dressing, envelope adhesive, and soup may also contain glutens.

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Can a Gluten Free Diet Plan Help You Lose Weight?

One of the biggest advantages of going gluten free is losing weight. When you cut out wheat, you lose the insatiable appetite, the cyclic highs of blood sugar and insulin, and the inflammatory response.

A healthy gluten free diet plan should be based on consuming natural foods. Lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, lower calorie dairy products, and grains that don’t contain gluten, (like quinoa and amaranth), are healthy options.

Another advantage to going gluten free is the tax deduction. The price difference between gluten free foods and foods containing gluten is tax deductible. Bet you didn't know that did you?

More and more products are being made without glutens today so there is an abundant variety in some stores, but they can be pricey. As long as there’s a demand for something, manufacturers will continue to make the products.

One concern about a gluten free diet plan is that many people today associate the products with slimming down. However, 'gluten free' does not mean that eating the products will help you get skinny. Often it means just the opposite, especially if you buy pre-packaged gluten free foods.

Treats made without glutens, such as cakes and cookies, are still treats and often contain excess sodium, fats, and sugars! If you eat to many, you will get FAT, with gluten or not. Don't expect to lose weight by trading one addiction for another!

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Suggestions for a Gluten Free Diet Plan

Just like all other things, eating a gluten free diet plan will not help you lose weight unless you can give up some of the foods you’re used to eating. Moderating what you eat is the bottom line in any weight loss plan.

  • Don’t bring non-allowed foods into your home or stash them in your dresser drawers. When you do this, you are only cheating yourself.

  • If you have withdrawals, don't give up. Everyone struggles when they're giving up foods they love but aren't good for them!

  • Consume more fresh fruits and veggies as you cut back on foods that interfere with your diet. Juicing is always a good energizer and can be used as a treat for good behavior.

  • If you don’t have health concerns such as celiac’s, allow yourself to splurge on foods like pizza every now and again. You won't succeed on a gluten free diet plan if you don't cut yourself some slack every now and again.

  • Make your own bread (or pizza dough) at home. Einkorn wheat is the old wheat variety (NOT GMO) that used to be the staple in our country. You can still purchase it online. Bread machines are very inexpensive today and you can find some great bread recipe’s (and read reviews) just by Googling them.

  • Visit online discussions where they’re talking about glutens. You can get lots of food suggestions using those resources.

    Some people suggest that merely cutting down your wheat consumption doesn’t work. However, I’ve found that this is exactly what works for my family! I don’t have an addictive personality so I don’t have a problem with eating less. However, for some people, eating a gluten free diet plan would be extremely hard to do. My son is a good example of that phenomena.

    Years ago when he was a toddler, I made the mistake of allowing him to eat pop tarts for breakfast most every day. Fifteen years later, he’s still eating them, often sneaking extra's, and can’t seem to live without them. What did I do? I took control by hiding them and now he only gets one at a time, through me. I also reduced the amount of other wheat-laden products I bring into the house and watch what he eats like a hawk! And it's working!

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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