It seems like everyone is turning to a gluten-free diet these days to lose weight. Ever since major celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Zooey Deschanel opened up about their gluten allergy, fitness fans are dropping the bagels in hopes of dropping a few pounds. The popularity in sans gluten options are hot on the fitness radar, but what exactly is gluten and is it really safe as a diet for non-gluten sensitive individuals?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that adds to the texture and thickness of foods. Over the years, more and more people are realizing how common gluten allergies actually are. However, people with Celiac Disease suffer from a serious condition where consuming even the slightest bit of gluten can kill them because it damages the lining of the intestines.
For the less serious, gluten sensitive cases, consuming gluten can cause bloating, fatigue, and headaches. As for weight loss, gluten is found in many processed foods such as pasta, cakes, bread and cookies. Therefore, cutting out any of these foods can definitely help aid weight loss.
If you do decide to try gluten-free, make sure to stay true to a balanced diet filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. Potatoes, rice, and quinoa are also naturally free of gluten. As with any weight loss regimen, you should always combine a healthy diet with consistent exercise activities. Miley Cyrus has been hitting the Pilates classes hard to keep up with her long, lean body. Do some yoga or get on the elliptical. Just get moving.
Do your research before jumping the gun.
Good luck! xox