If recent celebrity reports are any indication, the gluten-free diet is the way to go. The Gluten-free plan means that rye, barley and wheat are all eliminated from the diet. The idea behind the diet is to avoid the gastrointestinal reaction that gluten causes in some people. For those with an intolerance to gluten, even the tiniest amounts ingested can result in all kinds of reactions which ultimately cause the small intestine to sustain damage.
Once the lining of the small intestine has been damaged, it can leave it vulnerable to a host of health issues including diarrhea, depression and skin rashes. In addition to this, continuing with the ingestion of gluten can result in intestinal cancer, as well as nutrient deficiencies and dehydration, which can occur as the result of moisture and many nutrients being flushed out of the body via diarrhea.
A diagnosis of celiac disease, which is the acute sensitivity to gluten, will have little choice but to adopt a gluten-free diet, which will reverse the damage done to the small intestine, as well as reverse symptoms and reduce the chance of intestinal cancer. But what if you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease? Should you still consider going gluten free?
According to experts, the desire to lose weight should not be a reason to adopt a gluten-free diet. This is because gluten isn’t responsible for weight gain. In fact, it’s calories that are the culprit. And believe it or not, although gluten-free foods may be healthy, they can also contain more calories than their gluten-filled counterparts. As well, you may not get the fiber you need from gluten-free products, which is responsible for helping the stomach feel fuller for longer, thereby resulting in weight loss.
As well, buying gluten-free products means paying more, as they tend to still be considered ‘specialty’ items. If you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease and are currently not exhibiting any of its symptoms, then your best bet, the experts advise, is to locate a plan which meets your individual needs for nutrition as well as one that will help you reach your weight loss goals.
In addition to a healthy diet that works for you, you will need to incorporate exercise. This means doing about thirty minutes of some kind of physical activity each day, whether it’s walking, running, housework or swimming. Anything you normally do can be considered exercise and can be stepped up a notch so that you get more benefit from doing it.
Keep in mind that it may take a few tries to realize success. You may find that you may have to tangle with more than one of the best diets for weight loss before you find the one that works best for you. Speaking with your doctor about your goals, as well as staying positive and focused on the level of health you are aiming for can help you not only lose the weight you want, but keep it off for life. There are also many online resource where you can go to get the support you need.
Posted by Leah Burton on July 16th, 2013 :: Filed under Uncategorized