The Gluten-Free Diet

No one really knows for sure when the Gluten-Free Diet first made its way onto the always-heavily-populated diet scene. But since its arrival, it’s habitually been one of the most popular diet programs out there.

Realistically, this is a diet not really “started” by anyone, but rather one that naturally evolved with our knowledge about the weight-causing effects of gluten-laden products.

What is Gluten?

Gluten isn’t a type of sugar, per se, but the body still has a rather difficult time breaking it down, especially in its processed form. Latin for “glue,” gluten is a protein composite that is found in many food sources, including wheat, rye, barley, and many more. It is found in the endosperm of grass-related grains, and it is definitely not a water-soluble compound.

Gluten contains a lot of elasticity, and it is responsible for the stretch in pizza dough and that air-pocket-laden texture of breads.

Interests of following a Gluten-Free Diet

To understand the Gluten-Free Diet, you only have to understand this: you want to completely eliminate every source of gluten from your everyday diet.

Traditionally, the Gluten-Free Diet was used in order to treat celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting the small intestine. This disease is thought to be inherited through genetics, and its symptoms include chronic fatigue, diarrhea, and possible lower abdominal pain.

As far as weight-loss is concerned, the Gluten-Free Diet can help you to drop pounds when used in conjunction with: proper exercise, proper portion control, and proper calorie intake.

You do not necessarily have to count your calories, but you still do not want to exceed more calories than what you normally ingest. That basically defeats the purpose of dieting, even if you are eliminating gluten. So, for a rule, we want to cut back our calorie intake by around 350-500 calories. That, along with exercise and the lack of gluten, should have those pounds falling off in no time.

How to Implement the Gluten-Free Diet

Now, it’s important that you realize, for the Gluten-Free Diet, we’re only focused—apart from portion control and exercise, as mentioned above—on actually eliminating the gluten for your diet. And while this might sound ridiculously easy, you will find that there is a whole lot of gluten out there.

To break this down, we’ll go over foods that you should always avoid, avoid unless you have confirmation, and foods that are gluten-similar but are still okay to eat on this diet.

Foods to always avoid

Unlike the Atkins and the CSIRO, we don’t want to limit or monitor gluten consumption. We’re not looking to restrict it at all; we’re looking to completely eliminate it. For that, you’re going to have to pay a lot of attention to the way you shop. Check out the food labels, and always make sure you avoid any food containing gluten.

The foods you should always avoid include: wheat, triticale, spelt, rye, matzo meal, kamut, Durham, barley, bulgur, semolina, graham flour, farina, and any other food containing gluten.

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