GLUTEN FREE DOES NOT MEAN CALORIE FREE: WEIGHT GAIN ON A GLUTEN FREE DIET

Gluten Free is Not Calorie Free

Gluten Free is Not Calorie Free

I see several people, proudly posting pictures of massive portions of food and dessert on Instagram. There’s a general misconception that it’s fine to consume larger portions of food because it’s Gluten free. When it comes down to it, in order to lose weight on any diet, one must technically consume less calories than expended in order to have a deficit.

If a person is following a gluten-free diet, make sure that portion sizes are still accountable and a balance is found in all the food groups such as gluten-free grains/starches (potatoes, yams, rice, quinoa, etc.), vegetables, proteins, fats, fruits, milk/dairy. Also, make sure to read the labels on gluten-free packages because a brownie is still a brownie. Even if the brownie is gluten-free, it still has calories, fat, and sugar. One should still be aware of portion sizes and frequency with packaged goods.

Going gluten-free does not guarantee that your diet will be either healthy or lower in calories. It just means you’re avoiding foods with gluten, a protein found in wheat. There is nothing magical about gluten-free for weight loss. Your body still does the age-old calorie math of “Calories In (food) vs. Calories Out (exercise and metabolism)”. Too many Calories In means weight gain. When Calories In equals Calories Out, you just stay the same weight. Even when the calories are from gluten-free foods.

If you’re gaining weight, you’re eating more calories than you need. A gluten-free diet that’s full of gluten-free cookies, gluten-free cakes, gluten-free snack foods and bars is easily going to be high calorie. Soda pop, candy and ice cream are technically gluten-free, but they’re still high calorie.

The best way to lose weight is to stick to simple, unprocessed foods: vegetables, fruits and non-wheat whole grains like rice or quinoa, lean meats and dairy products. This is always good advice, whether or not you’re eating gluten-free. A diet of gluten-free junk food is not going to help you lose weight.

It’s a surprising statistic, but a study found that 81% of people suffering from celiac disease (gluten intolerance) who followed a gluten-free diet gained weight. That’s because there is a common misconception that anything labeled “gluten-free” must be good for you.

Many processed gluten-free foods and gluten-free junk foods not only contain almost twice the calories as their traditional counterparts, but they can also be double the price. In addition, processed gluten-free foods are lower in fiber, so you won’t stay full as long, and many people who follow a gluten-free diet are missing out on the benefits of good carbohydrates like brown rice, fruits or beans, which all help to regulate blood sugar.

Armed with this information, go forth with an awareness that GLUTEN FREE IS NOT CALORIE FREE!!!!

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