Gluten-Free Diet: Is it right for you or not?
The buzz around a gluten-free diet
The term gluten-free sounds familiar and is also a lot more popular nowadays. Everyone around us, starting from celebrities to economically high-class people, is mad about the association between gluten-free and weight loss. Is it a gluten-free diet for everyone? Are you on the right journey? Let’s go inside the depth and meaning of a gluten-free diet and its pros and cons.
What is a gluten-free diet?
A gluten-free diet includes everything free of protein, “gluten”, usually found in rye, wheat, oats, etc. Foods that don’t contain gluten include brown bread, brown rice, corn, coconut flour, milk, pea flour, potato flour, etc. People usually associate a gluten-free diet with weight loss, which is not true. People who are on a journey of weight loss avoid eating carbohydrates and prefer gluten-free food, but the potato is gluten-free and has carbohydrates, so it is not necessary to associate gluten-free foods with weight loss.
Who should eat a gluten-free diet?
1.) If you have Celiac disease
If you have a disease called Celiac, you have gluten intolerance. If through any kind of food material, gluten reaches inside your body, you will experience pain in your stomach, as your body will start attacking your small intestine.
2.) If you have gluten sensitivity
Although no research proves whether or not you have gluten sensitivity, you must always be careful of the fact how you feel after you have eaten food that contains gluten.
3.) People who are allergic to wheat
Some people are allergic to wheat, so they should avoid eating wheat. The allergy is not due to the gluten in wheat, but mainly due to wheat’s composition, so that such people can eat the gluten present in rye and barley.
Does a weight-free diet lead to weight loss?
Although people who follow a gluten-free diet experience weight loss, that’s because they also stop eating processed food, which contains refined sugar, and carbohydrates, and is the main source of weight. In combination with processed food, people also leave other sources of gluten. You must take a regular portion of nutrition, water, and fruits.
Can I go all Gluten-free if I don’t have celiac disease?
Few food materials, like wheat, rye, and barley, contain whole nutrition and micro-nutrients, if you completely cut on gluten, you will deprive your body of the necessary vitamins, which will gradually reflect in the quality of your hair, skin, and overall health. Therefore, it is recommended to eliminate processed food that has gluten, refined sugar, sodium, etc, and analyzes your results.
Will I go through gluten withdrawal if I remove gluten from my diet?
No study proves this. But it is usually seen that people who completely cut gluten from their diet start feeling dizzy, anxious, and weak. That happens because a person feels a lack of energy. Although after a few weeks, these symptoms disappear, still, if they persist, talk to your doctor for further instructions.
How to start a gluten-free diet?
Well, you should always consult a trusted doctor or dietician, as they will suggest to you the best way to start your journey and a plan that fulfills all your nutritional needs.
Tips to go gluten-free if you have celiac disease
1.) Always check your food package before buying it, whether it contains processed food or not, as you are on a journey of weight loss, such food items will deteriorate your health.
2.) Always keep the utensils that are used in the preparation of gluten-containing food away from your utensils.
3.) Always check the ingredients before buying anything as they may contain unnoticed colors, preservatives, sauces, sugar, and seasoning that may contain gluten.
4.) Replace oat flour, quinoa, jowar, etc with wheat- flour.