Gaining Weight and Losing Weight On A Gluten Free Diet

gluten and sugar free diet

You may have heard the term “gluten and sugar free” a lot these days but what does this mean? Basically, it is an elimination diet that eliminates certain foods from one’s diet. This can be both good and bad depending on how strict you are when doing it. While eliminating gluten and sugar from your diet is good for most people, it can cause some problems for those with certain medical conditions.

Decent Portion Of Ingredients

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One of the first things you will notice when starting a gluten and sugar free diet is the lack of ingredients in your regular meals. No more bread, pasta, cookies or baking mixes. You will be forced to find substitutes for them at grocery stores. This can be difficult for some people who still love their old favourites. Those who have Celiac disease may not have the ability to eat foods that contain gluten if they have been diagnosed with this condition. Those with diabetes will also have a hard time transitioning into this diet.

Eat As Many Fruits And Vegetables

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It is recommended that you eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want while on your gluten and sugar free diet. The reasoning behind this advice is two-fold. First of all, you are going to eliminate all the foods that contain “gluten”, which means you are going to be eating “healthy” and not “gluten”. Second of all, by removing sugar from your diet you are also going to be getting rid of a major contributor to weight gain.

Avoid Additives

Many people mistakenly think that by eliminating sugar from their diet that they are eliminating foods that cause weight gain. This is simply not true. Sugar is just another additive to food that can give you extra weight. In fact, there are more ingredients in the food that contain sugar than there are that actually have sugar. Therefore, while you may lose weight on a gluten and sugar free diet you may actually gain weight if you overeat.

Lower The Quantity Of Sugar

While on your gluten and sugar free diet you may be tempted to purchase products with a lot of sugar in them. That’s why it’s important to read labels and not assume that every product you buy has absolutely no sugar in it. Take for example any food product that has honey. If there is sugar in it that has a lot of fructose (a form of high sugar) in it, you should avoid that product. It will only end up making you crave more sugar!

Avoid Refined Sugar

If you must consume products that have sugar in them, look for “sugar-free” on the label. Foods containing a lot of refined sugar can aggravate symptoms of IBS, so it is best to avoid them. Other sugar-free snacks and desserts may be okay for you if you take them slowly and not overindulge. For example, ice cream, sherbet, frozen yoghurt, and more.

Maintain The Diet Regularly

There are many different types of gluten-free diets, each suited to certain types of people. Gluten intolerance doesn’t mean that you can never eat bread again. It simply means that you must change the kinds of foods you eat on a daily basis. Most people find the gluten-free diet to be a great way to lose weight and gain back the self-confidence they lost when they first got diagnosed.

Bottom Lines

You can learn about the different types of foods you can eat by searching online. There are web sites that give tips and tricks for those who are just starting out or those who have been living with gluten intolerance for years. It can be difficult at first, but once you are eating a gluten-free diet for a while and gaining weight, you’ll see how easy it really is!

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