Could a Gluten Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?

The hottest diet craze among Hollywood celebrities is a gluten free diet. This diet plan excludes all foods containing gluten.

Gluten is the protein found naturally in a variety of grains including all forms of wheat, rye, spelt, barley, oats and triticale which is a cross between wheat and rye.

Gluten is also used as a single ingredient in many processed foods as it makes an ideal binder or filler. This means you could be consuming additional gluten without knowing it.

If you are sensitive to gluten it could be causing a broad range of symptoms as gluten irritates the lining of the digestive system which triggers systemic inflammation.

Symptoms are linked to specific digestive problems as well as broader health issues. There is little doubt emotional stress plays a significant role in intensifying symptoms.

Could you have gluten intolerance? The major symptoms include:

  • Digestive problems: bloating, pain, gas + diarrhoea
  • Weight loss or weight gain, especially abdominal weight gain
  • Fatigue or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten
  • Weak + brittle nails
  • Fat in the stools due to poor dietary fat breakdown
  • Joint + muscle pain
  • Mood swings + depression
  • Poor memory + concentration
  • Skin rashes including dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Migraine headaches

The best way to discover if gluten is a problem, and to what degree, is by strictly excluding gluten from your diet for at least 4 weeks as it takes this long to clear gluten from your system.

If you feel fare better when you exclude gluten or feel worse when you reintroduce gluten, then it is likely a problem for you.

Minor symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, brain fog and indigestion can disappear fairly quickly while improvements in conditions made worse by gluten sensitivity such as arthritis, eczema, weight gain and autoimmune disorders may take longer.

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