Gluten free diets have become extremely popular in the past few years across all aspects of the population. In fact, “an estimated 30 percent of shoppers are choosing ‘gluten-free’ options, and 41 percent of U.S. adults believe ‘gluten-free’ foods are beneficial for everyone,” according to US News.
So why are gluten free diets so popular? Are they actually beneficial? And can they help you lose weight? (Remember to consult your doctor before beginning any new diet meal plan.)
What is a Gluten Free Diet?
Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains and is used in many baked goods to help them maintain their shape. A gluten free diet is a diet that excludes these grains or any other foods with added gluten.
What is Gluten Intolerance?
For some individuals gluten can cause inflammation in the small intestine, a disease known as celiac. This is estimated to affect approximately 1% of the U.S. population. An additional 0.6 to 6 percent self-report suffering from “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” though many celiac specialists believe this number to be greatly exaggerated.
According to Dr. Stefano Guandalini, the founder and medical director at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, “There is a small, tiny, tiny, tiny number of patients who may be sensitive to gluten without having celiac disease” (HealthLine).
Wheat can also cause a common allergic reaction in some individuals.
Should I Start a Gluten Free Diet to Lose Weight?
The short answer is, unless you suffer from celiac disease, a wheat allergy, or a diagnosed non-celiac gluten intolerance, there are no real benefits to a gluten free diet. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, “People who follow a gluten-free diet may have low levels of certain vitamins and nutrients in their diets.”
Additionally, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states, “Many gluten-free products are higher in calories, fat, sodium and sugar because they need to enhance the flavor and texture to make up for the lack of gluten.”
How Can I Lose Weight Quickly, Safely and Effectively?
To lose weight quickly, safely and effectively, we suggest seeking out a registered dietitian or nutritionist to create a customized meal plan based on your individual goals and lifestyle. A proper meal plan can help you achieve safe, sustainable, rapid weight loss.
At Weigh Less Global, our medical weight loss experts perform a full evaluation of all of our clients and develop unique meal plans and exercise regimens specific to your goals. Our weight loss clinic is conveniently located in the heart of Fort Lee, New Jersey. To schedule your free consultation please call us today at 201-944-0283.