Do you need to follow a gluten free diet to lose weight? The answer to that question is no, you do not need to follow a gluten free diet to lose weight - unless of course you have Celiac Disease (CD). If you aren't familiar with CD, people that have it follow a gluten free diet for the rest of their life because consuming gluten is damaging to their intestines. Will a gluten free diet help you lose weight? The answer to that question is..... maybe.
So, let's talk for a second about why a gluten free diet might help you lose weight. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats (oats themselves are gluten free but they are often contaminated). When you remove gluten from your diet, you also, by default, remove all sources of processed
Now, let's talk for a second about how a gluten free diet could make you gain weight. Remember how in the previous paragraph I said going gluten free forces you to remove processed
Also, it's important to take into consideration that over the long term a gluten free diet can be low in B12, folate, niacin, iron, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. The reason for this is the fortification of most wheat flours - so you're removing those things from your diet. Not to mention, you have to be pretty cognizant of your fiber content each day to make sure you're getting enough. Gluten free diets can occasionally leave you feeling deprived
So, if you're looking to lose weight and you don't medically need a gluten free diet, what's a better option? First, throw out all of the processed
Did you lose or gain weight when you became gluten free? Any future topics you want to see on "Ask the RD"?