How gluten makes you fat even if you don’t have celiac


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How gluten makes you fat even if you don’t have celiac

  1. 1. How Gluten makes you fat even if youdon’t have celiacphoto credit: kyzIf you are trying to lose weight and you think you are already eating a fairly cleandiet ( no sugar, no processed foods, no deep fried stuff etc.) , you my want toincorporate a gluten free diet (GFD). Learn how gluten makes you fat, even if youdont have celiac disease.When I eliminated gluten from my diet, not only did I lose weight easily but myconstipation and bloating issues also vanished. It was a win-win situation for me.Going gluten free may not be hard if you know what your options are. It’s a simplematter of choice. I am not 100% gluten free and do enjoy occasional glutencontaining foods like cakes and desserts in limited amounts. That way I am enjoyingthe benefits of gluten free diet without obsessing about what to eat and what not toeat.Preventative cardiologist William Davis, MD. believes wheat ( a gluten containinggrain) is so bad that he wrote an entire book about it: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat,Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
  2. 2. What is Gluten?The word gluten comes from Latin gluten, “glue”. Gluten is a basically a proteinfound in foods such as wheat, barley and rye. Other foods which contain gluten arespelt, semolina and durum.Most of us love gluten. It gives our favourite foods that special appearance. It makespizza dough stretchy, helps the bread rise and also is used to thicken sauces andsoups.People who prefer to avoid gluten fall in two categories–either they’re allergic (this isknown as Celiac disease) or because they believe it will lead to health problemsWhat is Celiac diseaseCeliac is an autoimmune disease. (a disease caused by reaction of immune system).People with celiac disease react strongly to gluten containing foods. These peoplehave severe allergy to gluten and if left undiagnosed can lead to serious healthproblemsGluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease.Eating a gluten-free diet helps them control their signs and symptoms and preventcomplicationsGluten Sensitivity (or Gluten intolerance)Even if you are not diagnosed with celiac disease, there are a host of reasons toavoid gluten. You may be reacting to gluten in your food and not even know about it.This is called Gluten sensitivity or intolerance.Why you should avoid gluten even if you don’thave celiac diseaseContrary to what is believed by many, gluten is not to be avoided only by those whosuffer Celiac. Those with Celiac disease only react more strongly to wheat and glutenthan those without the disease, but most people have a reaction in some way oranother to wheat consumption, often in subtle ways.Common symptoms of Gluten intolerance include1.Gastrointestinal issues – these can include abdominal discomfort or pain,stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea, constipation.[1]
  3. 3. 2.Headaches/ migraines3.Fatigue – loss of energy, chronic fatigue syndrome, lethargy, fibromyalgia4.Skin issues – acne5.Emotional issues – mood swings, chronic irritability, hyperactivity6.Weight issues – Weight loss/ weight gain7.Thyroid issues – Gluten can hamper with your thyroid performancephoto credit: Dag EndresenWhich products contain gluten?Here’s a list of some grains that contain gluten:• barley• rye• wheat• spelt• kamut• semolina• couscous• bulgur• triticale• maltWhat grain are allowed in Gluten Free diet• Amaranth• Arrowroot
  4. 4. • Buckwheat• Corn and cornmeal• Flax• Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)• Millet• Quinoa• Rice• Sorghum• Soy• TapiocaMisunderstanding the Gluten Free Diet (GFD)If you want to lose weight on gluten free diet, you still have to be cautious of junkfood you are eating. Snacking on gluten free cookies and eating gluten free pizzamay halt your fat loss efforts inspite of being on a GFD. Don’t feast on gluten freesnacks, thinking you will lose weight. But a GFD when done correctly can help withyour fat loss.How to do a Gluten Free Diet?Your first step would be to eliminate bread and pastas made from gluten containinggrains. Many other products are off the list beside bread like pancakes, pastries,cakes, cookies, doughnuts, pizza etc.I personally prefer to replace gluten with brown rice, millet, quinoa etc. Also eatplenty of vegetables, salads, fruits, nuts and whole natural foods.ConclusionHave you tried gluten free diet or are you deciding on going gluten free? Or is glutenfree the latest health nut craze? Your opinion counts.[1] Gluten causes gastrointestinalsymptoms in subjects without celiac disease: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled