Gluten-Free Diets No Help in Losing Weight

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Also oddly enough I don;t have the constant urgency to urinate. But sadly, any time you eat more than your body can use or burn, even from healthy foods, you create surpluses, which get shuttled straight to your body's storage units—fat cells. Another small but undetermined percentage of people experience milder gastro symptoms, brought on by some level of gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Cutting out the dairy alone may have produced the same results for you as it seems you have quite and intolerance. He dedicates a chapter in his most recent book, The Paleo Answer , to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Too often people associate gluten sensitivity with weight loss.

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People with celiac disease face a double whammy if they want to lose weight, Green says. The food has to be satisfying, as well as providing fiber and adequate nutrition. More weight-loss companies are recognizing this dilemma and taking steps to help. Once a person is diagnosed with celiac disease and goes on a gluten-free diet, the lining of the small intestine begins to heal, allowing the body to absorb more nutrients and calories, Welstead says. High-calorie, high-fat, gluten-free processed foods, which are far more prevalent today, are often to blame for post-diagnosis weight gain, Welstead says.

Gluten creates flaky, fluffy or crunchy textures in foods, she explains. When companies eliminate gluten from processed foods, such as cookies and crackers, they substitute other, often not-so-healthy, ingredients. People who are newly diagnosed with celiac disease should be aware of the possibility of weight gain and choose naturally gluten-free fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods, high-calorie carbohydrates and fats, Green says. EA Stewart, a registered dietitian in Del Mar, California, says a gluten-free diet can be very healthy with proper planning and the right nutrients.

Those who have celiac disease have to avoid a large number of foods, so they should make sure to get enough fiber and other nutrients, especially iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin D and B vitamins, she says.

A multivitamin is generally a good idea. A celiac disease diagnosis is a lot to take in, Stewart says. People who are newly diagnosed have to learn how to deal with issues that range from avoiding cross-contamination to finding gluten-free restaurant options.

People on gluten-free diets who want to lose weight sometimes make the mistake of cutting or completely eliminating carbohydrates, which provide filling fiber and can prevent overeating, Stewart says. How much balance are they getting? People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity would have to make lot of changes for many diet plans to be viable choices, Stewart says. Nutrisystem does not offer a gluten-free plan, a spokeswoman says.

And Slimfast, which is based on the consumption of diet shakes for several daily meals, discourages gluten-free consumers. Low-carb diets, like Atkins or South Beach, and other plans that emphasize protein, fruits and vegetables over grain-based foods, might be easier for someone on a gluten-free diet to follow, Stewart says.

But in general she recommends a balanced diet over one that is low in carbohydrates. The Atkins website notes that its diet plan can work well for those who are gluten free because of its emphasis on avoiding foods high in carbohydrates, including wheat, barley and rye.

Alissa Lupu, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at the Center of Advanced Digestive Care at New York Presbyterian at Weill Cornell Medical Center said that a gluten-free diet was never intended to help people slim down.

In fact, many people with celiac disease who go on a gluten-free eating plan find that without the grain protein in their system, they can properly absorb the calories and nutrients from their food for the first time and they wind up gaining weight.

For dieters who focus their gluten-free efforts on eating more lean protein, fruits and vegetables, the diet can produce some initial weight loss, registered dietitian and nutritionist Jennifer Neily said. But dieters shouldn't be fooled. Weight loss comes from reducing calories, not the absence of gluten. When you cut out whole food groups, Neily said, you have fewer choices and tend not to eat as much. Problems arise when taste buds get bored and dieters go in search of junk food.

Elizabeth Putsche, a celiac sufferer from Baltimore, said she is baffled as to why someone who does not have celiac or gluten sensitivity would think that eating a lot of processed gluten-free products would help them drop a few pounds.

Neily said people often overdo gluten-free snacks and baked goods because they have a "health halo" surrounding them. If these foods are a big part of your diet, you probably won't be losing weight," she said. Her point is well taken: Gluten-free Glutino pretzel sticks, for example, contain calories per ounce, compared with calories per ounce for standard pretzel sticks.

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are approximately calories per cookie, while a regular chocolate cookie is about 90 calories. Gluten-free chocolate cake delivers approximately calories and 5 grams per slice, slightly more than a piece of chocolate cake with the gluten intact. Although the gluten-free weight-loss fad shows no signs of slowing down, some dieters are catching on — and giving up. Dyana Flanigan a year-old public relations manager from Chicago, said she tried a gluten-free diet for six months and wound up gaining 5 pounds.

Maybe because I was eating more of other things as a reward for denying myself what I really wanted," she speculated. And, she said, she found gluten-free an expensive way to eat.

You may have seen a friend, co-worker, or celebrity suddenly slim down after proclaiming to give up gluten. And while going gluten free may absolutely lead to dropping a dress size or more , the weight loss is generally caused by giving up foods that contain gluten, which are loaded with dense amounts of refined carbs, like bagels, pasta, crackers, pretzels, and baked goods. Axing these foods altogether, or replaced them with more veggies and healthy gluten-free whole grains, like quinoa and wild rice, automatically cuts excess carbs which may have been feeding fat cells , ups fiber and nutrients, and results in soaring energy.

However, going gluten free can also lead to weight gain. Best Superfoods for Weight Loss. Because gluten free has exploded in popularity, there are dozens of gluten-free options in markets these days, including carb-laden but gluten free versions of… bagels, pasta, crackers, pretzels, and baked goods!

One popular brand of gluten free cookies pack 60 calories each, more than a "regular" sandwich cookie. And some gluten-free foods are made with refined gluten-free grains, which have been stripped of their fiber and nutrients, like white rice. The bottom line is, simply going gluten free doesn't guarantee the loss of pounds and inches—quality and quantity still matter most.

In addition to quality and quantity, balance is critical for feeling well and achieving weight loss. I've seen people trade white pasta for healthy whole grains like quinoa or wild rice, but still eat portions that are far too large, and therefore not see weight loss results. Others believe it's OK to eat unlimited amounts of healthy gluten-free foods, like fruit and nuts.

But sadly, any time you eat more than your body can use or burn, even from healthy foods, you create surpluses, which get shuttled straight to your body's storage units—fat cells. If you have celiac disease get tested if you suspect you do, but you're not sure , you absolutely must avoid gluten, and it's important to note that it lurks in many products, from salad dressings and seasoning mixes, to vitamins, and even lip balm, so eliminating it completely is a big commitment.

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