Gluten Free Diet – Weight Loss Approved – Better Lifestyle Guaranteed

Increasingly, people are turning to gluten free diets, and not just for medical reasons.

Sticking to gluten free foods can also be an amazingly easy diet for weight loss.

Gluten is a protein existing in wheat; barley and rye (although those on medically recommended gluten free diets are often also advised to avoid malt and oats).

While it is true that a lot of delicious foods contain these ingredients (the main ones that spring to mind are bread, pasta and bakery items) we have to consider that Western diets contain very high concentrations of these stodgy foods that can actually slow digestion down and leave us bloated and lacking in energy.

In addition, a lot of foods containing gluten are high in fat and preservatives, such as deserts and pre-packaged meals – definitely things best avoided if we are planning on losing weight!

Changing over to a gluten free diet can help you lose weight and feel healthier, without you having to dramatically alter your lifestyle.

Many major supermarkets hold a wide range of gluten free alternatives, and mark products with the ‘gluten free’ logo, and most health food shops stock gluten free diet foods as part of their selection.

Gluten free recipes can also be found online at numerous locations, try www.coeliac.org.uk (aimed at those following gluten free diets for medical reasons), for an assortment of delicious gluten free recipes.

There are similarities between the well-known Atkins Diet and gluten free dieting.

However, carbohydrates don’t need to be avoided entirely when eating gluten free; potatoes are a great way to fill up and keep your energy levels high throughout the day, as are buckwheat, rice, millet and maize.

Also, consider quinoa as an amazing high-fiber alternative to wheat.

You will no doubt also notice the similarities between gluten free and vegan diets – weight loss resulting in both are inevitable.

However, a gluten free diet is more advantageous in comparison because it is less restricting and you are more easily able to maintain healthy levels of protein, so you won’t risk feeling that your energy levels are slipping away.

In fact, many people report the opposite, increased energy levels once they embarked on a gluten free diet.

There are however a couple of things to bear in mind.

First, just because a product is gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.

I’m sorry to say gluten free cakes will definitely not help you lose weight!

It is still important to consider what you are eating, making sure you get all the nutrients you need, that you eat a balanced diet and that you get a healthy amount of protein which will ensure your body continues to function at its best and that weight loss is sustainable.

Second, if you are considering kick-starting weight loss by going gluten free remember you don’t have to be as stringent as those following the diet for medical reasons; the hours spent poring over food packaging labels is probably time wasted.

Instead, use ‘gluten free’ as a guideline, avoiding it where possible and instead replacing it with healthy alternatives and an increased amount of fruit and vegetables.

Ultimately, the result of this change in diet will be a healthier, slimmer and more energetic you.

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This article was written by professional blogger and fitness enthusiast, Amy Corcoran.

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