How a Gluten Free Diet can Help with Weight Loss

November 12, 2012

How a Gluten Free Diet can Help with Weight Loss

Gluten is formed from several different proteins and is used to thicken food, to add texture and create chewiness.

What foods contain gluten?

Gluten is present in an enormous range of the foods we eat, but it is especially present in wheat or grain products such as bread, cakes, biscuits, sweets and puddings.

Bread crumbs are often used to thicken up soups, sauces and stews and it is an ingredient of burgers, sausages and pizza’s.

Does gluten cause the body harm?

Some people are intolerant to gluten and if you have ever come across a person who has celiac disease, they are suffering from intolerance to gluten. Other people suffer from a wheat allergy and others have gluten sensitivity. If it gluten is introduced to their diet they suffer a number of problems.

Why does a gluten free diet help weight loss?

Mainly it’s because a gluten free diet consists of fresh vegetables, fish, meat and fruit, all of which are healthy and contain very little fat. Weight loss is usually rapid and if you can resist the temptation of bread and sweet products, you will easily maintain your new found weight loss.

I have seen gluten free products in my supermarket?

There are gluten free products such as bread, rice and biscuits, but they tend to be more expensive than ordinary products and the taste is not the same.

Gluten free food

Fruit

Vegetables

Eggs

Fish

Poultry

Meat

Seeds

Nuts

Beans

Dairy products (although wise to check packaging)

Foods that should never be eaten if gluten is to be avoided

Wheat

Barley

Rye

Malt vinegar

Malt loaf

Wheat flour

The supermarkets today are more aware than ever of food allergy and whether you are avoiding gluten to lose weight, or because you are intolerant to it, you will find that most products nowadays are clearly marked. You can take your pick from the gluten free products on the shelves and there are more than you think.

You don’t need to starve on a gluten free diet, for example great breakfast choices are omelettes, fruit and yogurt, lunch can consist of chicken with chips and salad and the supper can include a tasty soup.

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