Gluten-Free Challenge Recap: Bring On The Gluten!

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #5

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes) - Pasta Label

Check out that pasta. Not only does it contain wheat, wheat flour and wheat starch, but there is also "Wheat Gluten" as an added ingredient!

Thirty days have come and gone, and if you haven't listened to the live radio show yet, I'll recap. The first 14 days or so have been the roughest for every challenge I've completed. After those first two weeks it's smooth sailing.

Because of the gluten-free diet, I lost 10 pounds this month. Now here's where things get muddled. The weight loss didn't have anything to do with gluten itself as much as it did with the overall calories that were cut out from my diet. When you can't have bread, BAM!, you automatically are eating less calories. No cookies? Shit, that's more saved calories.

Here's what fat people have been purposefully neglecting to believe all these years:

That's it. The diet game is that fucking simple, yet when these fad diets come along that tell people to cut out foods (ie. calories), they're SHOCKED to see that it actually works. So, yes, people following a gluten-free diet can lose weight as long as their overall calories have decreased and/or they're burning more calories. But that's not always the case.

The gluten-free versions of foods aren't always healthier for you. Let's bust that myth right now: Since they're made from high-glycemic flours and starches like rice, corn, and potato and are loaded with added sugar to make them taste better, gluten-free products are total sugar bombs. Are some products tasty? Sure. Are they all good for you? No.

Also, gluten-free products tend to be higher in sodium and saturated fat, and some may be lower in fiber, iron, folic acid and B vitamins. No benefit has been found in excluding gluten from the diet to lose weight and only people with a medical condition should warrant such elimination. Again, see the formula above if you're seriously looking to lose weight.

Anyway, tomorrow I get to be a gluttonous glutton eating gluten! - Glutes Gluten to the MAX!


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