Can Gluten Interfere With Weight Loss?

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For some individuals, gluten can pose a serious health problem. For others, it is a sensitivity, but can still wreak havoc throughout the body. Gluten is typically a protein that is found in foods made from wheat. The inability to digest food inside the small intestine due to an extreme sensitivity to gluten is what will typically cause Celiac disease. While Celiac disease is the worst-case scenario for those individuals allergic to gluten, other individuals may still have sensitivity where claims are made to cause fatigue and possibly even contribute to inflammatory diseases.

Gluten can wreak havoc in your weight loss goals, as well. If you have not heard, a gluten-free diet is all the rage these days, especially in the world of celebrities. It is believed that gluten interferes with weight loss. Here are a few thoughts on how gluten interferes with weight loss.

Having a sensitivity to gluten can be the cause of the body holding onto excess water and, therefore, water weight gain that you simply cannot get rid of. It is also believed that gluten causes belly bloat to aggravate because of the sensitivity to this protein. Some studies have shown that eating wheat may cause your body to over generate higher levels of insulin, which is the hormone responsible for moving sugar from your bloodstream to the cells of the body. Higher insulin levels can cause your body to hold onto fat around your stomach, thus increase your risk for other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Also, if your body has too much insulin circulating around, then the process of low blood sugar can result. Of course, if you have low blood sugar and feel hungry, your first instinct is to grab something to eat. Some of the easiest and fastest foods are those with gluten, for example a bagel or a slice of pizza.

If you are interested in giving it a try, see if you can eliminate wheat products from your diet entirely for one month. If you notice that you’re losing weight and feeling more healthy and energetic, then perhaps, going gluten-free is the way to go for you.

Some foods that are healthy, nutrient-dense and free of gluten include fresh, organic fruits and vegetables; fish, lean meats, and poultry; eggs and most dairy products; raw nuts, beans and seeds. Many grains and starches can also be part of a gluten-free diet, such as quinoa, millet and amaranth. Now starches aren’t the best choice if you’re trying to lose weight, but if you must have it, watch your portions and choose the healthier gluten-free starches such as beans (such as: black, navy, pinto, soy, lentils), arrowroot, sweet potatoes and peas.

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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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