The gluten-free diet has become very popular with celebrities worldwide. They are raving about the many weight loss benefits of a gluten-free diet, but does it really work?
Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus and diagnosed celiac Elisabeth Hasselbeck all said they lost weight going gluten-free. Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian and Emmy Rossum have also joined the crowd.
“Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, (physical) and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!” tweeted Miley Cyrus.
BUT….. there is no real research validating that people will lose weight eating gluten free. In fact there are studies showing going gluten free has no effect on weight loss.
Mayo Clinic’s gluten expert, Joseph Murray MD says there is no evidence that a gluten free diet will affect weight loss. The study conducted on celiac patients on a gluten free diet found some gained weight, some lost weight, and some did not change. AM J CLIN NUTR 79: 669, 2004 SOURCE: NUTRITION ACTION. JAN/FEB 2013. GUT MYTHS
BUT …… what I have seen and what our testing shows is that most people are not doing well with gluten in their diet and are sensitive to gluten.
Why are so many gluten sensitive?
Gluten protein is difficult for many people to digest, often passing through the stomach undigested. This undigested gluten then enters the small intestine and irritates the intestines wall, causing inflammation and other problems. Irritated intestines will leak undigested foods and toxins into the blood and lymph on the outside of the intestinal wall.
Fact: 3 million people in the United States (adults and children) have celiac disease. – U.S. National Institute of Health estimates. There is no treatment for celiac disease. The only thing to do is a gluten-free diet which eliminates most of the symptoms. Goldie Hawn and Juliette Lewis are just a few celebrities who have Celiac’s disease.
Going gluten-free isn’t easy. Gluten is a protein found in many foods not just in wheat products, it is in other grains, beers, imitation meats and even things like soy sauce, pickles and hot dogs.
Why is it that many people lose weight going gluten-free?
They eat less starchy foods that are full of gluten. All that bread, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins, cakes and many snack foods do not work for agluten-freee diet. Guess what? They lose weight. Anyone would lose weight eliminating all those carbohydrates and unhealthy foods.
So what do they eat? They eat more veggies and lean meat, which may also be responsible for the weight loss.
Why is it that many people GAIN WEIGHT going gluten free?
Answer: They start buying gluten free substitutes.