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Should I Go on a Gluten-Free Diet?

Why Are Gluten-Free Diets So Popular?

Since I've resolved to eat more conscientiously and healthy, I decided to take this week to try an elimination diet, meaning going caffeine-, dairy-, alcohol-, and gluten-free, among other restrictions. So far my biggest struggles have been not having that much-needed cup of coffee in the morning and having much more limited lunch and dinner options, even at the salad bar. But I am also finding that while it's hard to go gluten-free, cravings-wise, the gluten-free diet's popularity means that it's not so tough finding acceptable food options at the grocery store or at restaurants.

Some people need to remove gluten from their diets because of gluten allergies or celiac disease, but it seems like this diet trend is growing more than the population of those with gluten sensitivities. More and more gluten-free products are lining the aisles at the supermarket, celebrities are swearing by the effects of going gluten-free, and even fast food has gotten in on the game.

Read on to find out why this diet is so popular.

Experts say that all the hype about gluten-free foods can be attributed to the belief that eliminating gluten from your diet will aid in weight loss. But the truth is while a gluten-free diet can help those with sensitivities from feeling bloated — as well as help you be more aware of your diet, meaning ingesting fewer calories — it is not the key to losing weight. In fact, some gluten-free products actually have more fat and sugar than their glutenous counterparts, and not only that, many products like gluten-free pastas may contain more carbs as well.

Elimination diets aim to help you figure out if you do, in fact, have sensitivities to certain foods, so I'm going to stick with my meal plan for the rest of the week to see how I feel. If you are also going gluten-free, there are many foods you can choose from. Try naturally gluten-free flours made from grains like buckwheat or rice, or sample some gluten-free versions of your favorite bready foods and snacks.

If you have gone gluten-free, what are your reasons for doing so?

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becca1204 becca1204 5 years
If it helps any, for pizza try Bob's Red Mill Pizza Mix. It's not an instant crust, you need olive oil, eggs and water. But this really is the best GF pizza crust I've found. Also, for spaghetti try Tinkyada brown rice noodles. Even my husband will eat these noodles. Happy gluten-free eating! :-)
sonnic34 sonnic34 5 years
My husband was recently diagnosed as gluten-intolerant and so to save time and money, I am making all meals at home gluten-free, even though I have not been diagnosed. It is a pretty difficult diet to follow because not everything is labeled and there are so many additives that you have to look for, so I think it is odd that people would choose to follow it to lose weight. Before people are diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten-intolerance, they often lose a lot of weight because of improper digestion. It is strange that it is sort of a fad diet to be gluten free.
amber512 amber512 5 years
So I finally got the results back and I, too, have non-celiac gluten intolerance. It can be a pain to have to be even more vigilant about what I'm eating, but I feel sooo much better when I do.
sandranh sandranh 5 years
I have a gluten allergy, and it is the worst thing ever. I have no idea why someone would choose to go gluten free when they do not have to. Many of the gluten free products are over processed and lack nutritious ingredients that gluten products have. I think it is interesting that people think it is magic to lose weight. I lost weight because I can only eat rice and vegetables (boring). The key is to eat lots fruits and vegetables and natural foods. I read this book, that gave me the best motto for eating (I forgot the name). Eat Real Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 5 years
I'm trying to get rid of a yeast overgrowth, so I basically have to try to avoid everything.
glutenista glutenista 5 years
Went gluten-free due to need: solved skin & fatigue problems. Best way to maintain/lose weight while gluten-free is the same way as any other way: eat more fruits, veggies & lean proteins & exercise more. Try not to indulge too much like we do at www.glutenista.com :) Thanks for helping to raise awareness of gluten-free living!
becca1204 becca1204 5 years
I have celiac disease, so I don't have the choice in gluten-free eating. I agree completely that this is not a weight loss diet. If you eat things that say "gluten-free", they are still processed foods with many times more calories and sugar than regular foods. So it's actually pretty easy to gain weight eating gluten-free. But you definitely can lose weight if you stick with the more natural foods like vegetables, fruit and protien, but that's the same with any way of eating. :-) Generally, I try to limit even the things that do say gluten-free because the calories can be so high.
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