Get The Skinny On Gluten-Free!!!!

Get The Skinny On Gluten-Free!!!!

img_3329As the popularity of the gluten-free diet grows, so does the waistline of those who follow it. Gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat, rye and barley just to name a few. Many of my personal training clients have informed me that they have heard of the gluten-free diet used as a weight loss tool. However, these gluten-free foods tend to be higher in calories and fat and therefore less suitable for weight loss than regular, wheat-based foods. For instance many of the products that are gluten-free have more calories in them. Potato chips are gluten-free but are still a terrible choice for a snack.

When compared common gluten-free products such as bread, snacks, cookies and cakes generally have the same number of calories, fat and carbs as their gluten-filled counterparts. Individuals in hopes of seeing a smaller waistline must know that kicking the gluten and turning to gluten-free products is not necessarily the way to go. In some cases, gluten-free products have more calories because of the added sugar.

Consuming gluten-free products can actually result in deficiencies. Whole grains infuse much-needed fiber. Sometimes gluten-free diets result in fewer amino acids, B vitamins and iron. While gluten-free foods are essential to people suffering from Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine when gluten is consumed, there is no real health benefits for the rest of us.

Get the skinny on gluten-free diets before you fall victim of the gluten-free craze. Gluten-free doesn’t mean guilt-free and remember to always proceed with caution when you see products boast they’re free of something, whether fat-free, sugar-free or gluten-free, for they often have extras added to make them more palatable, extra sugar or even salt. Follow a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean meats, which are naturally gluten-free.

For more information on gluten-free diets or if you’re looking to improve your health, lose weight, build strength, or if you’re frustrated with your current level of fitness and looking to hire a personal trainer, contact us.

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