It’s no secret: the gluten-free diet is taking over.
It seems like everyone is jumping on the gluten free diet plan lately. Should you join them?
There is a lot of confusion surrounding gluten-free dieting these days.
Many people believe they have a serious gluten intolerance (also known as being celiac) so they must avoid gluten at all costs.
This may be a stretch as most people are not actually celiac.
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But… there are still many benefits to be had by ditching foods containing gluten.
What are these benefits? What happens when you say good-bye to gluten?
4 Things That Happen When You Quit Eating Gluten
1. Your Mood Increases
That’s right – avoiding gluten might just bring a better mood. Gluten causes many people to feel foggy minded and potentially experience higher levels of anxiety and depression. Upon giving it up, these symptoms should lessen.
A better mood might help you stay more positive about your weight loss goals and nutrition plan.
2. Your Tummy Will Tighten
Gluten, and all the carbs that typically come with it can cause many people to retain extra water. This means you’ll be looking a little more bloated and ‘puffy’ than normal.
Cut out gluten and you’ll see less water retention, slimming you down almost instantly.
3. Improved Blood Glucose Control
When you avoid foods with gluten, it means you’ll also be avoiding many of the highly processed, flour-based foods that can wreak havoc on blood glucose levels.
It’s this fluctuation in blood glucose that often leads to fat gain, so it’s not abnormal to see those cutting gluten experience an immediate boost to their weight loss results.
Without gluten, they maintain stabilized blood sugar, giving them more control over their food choices and their hunger.
4. Enhanced Insulin Sensitivity
Your insulin sensitivity levels will also increase when you banish gluten from your day. One study noted that when subjects gave up gluten for a six month time frame, their overall insulin sensitivity was enhanced.
Then, when they introduced gluten again after the test period was over, their insulin sensitivity decreased again.
As insulin sensitivity does play a key role in how lean you are able to get – and stay – with your nutrition plan, this shouldn’t be overlooked.
Is Gluten Sneaking In?
Now that you can see the many benefits to limit how much gluten you consume, it’s time to take action and start removing it from your meals.
Sadly, many people fail miserably at doing so. The reason?
Gluten sneaks in. It’s in places you’d least expect it.
Some of the sneaky gluten culprits include:
- Soy sauce or any condiment with a base of soy sauce
- Salad dressings and/or other marinades
- Spice mixtures
- Imitation fish
- Orzo (which is a rice-shaped pasta)
- Soup (dried mixes)
- Ground meat
- French fries
Always be on the lookout. Start reading labels so that you know exactly what you’re taking in.
Need some smart alternatives to gluten-rich foods?
- sweet potatoes
- brown or wild rice
- beans or lentils
- fresh fruits
These will help get your carbohydrate needs met without gluten.
Yours in Health,
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