Gluten-free diet an idea for slimming?


Fashion for gluten-free slimming continues. Those who managed to get rid of unnecessary kilos in this way say that at last they found the only method to return to their full figure. Is this really true? Is it worth to get rid of an ingredient’s diet that only makes up one in 100 people?


William Davies, the propagator of a slimming diet without gluten, claims that wheat is the main source of many chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity and many more. As the culprit of these pathological processes, it gives its ingredients – gluten and quick-digestible starch.


What is gluten

Gluten is a protein that gives the dough elasticity and elasticity. It is provided not only by wheat but also by many other cereals such as spelled, oats, rye and barley. Therefore, deciding on a gluten-free diet, we have to give up the majority of bread, muesli, breakfast cereals, groats, but also from many products that we would never suspect that they contain gluten, eg sweets, cold meats or dairy products.

Of course, there is a group of people who are allergic to gluten and in their case the ban on its consumption has a scientific basis. However, this problem only affects about 1% of the population.

The second wheat ingredient, i.e. the fast-digestible starch, causes high blood glucose levels (hence the high glycemic index of wheat).

Is this a novelty?

William Davies mainly focuses on wheat, but his recommendations clearly show a tendency to significantly reduce carbohydrates in the diet. It is in vain to look for the equivalent of gluten-free cereals, such as millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth or rice. As a result, Davis’s diet is based on meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and fats. It is therefore a classic low-carbohydrate diet similar to the one formerly promoted by Dr. Dukan, which was considered unhealthy by the scientific community.

Fashion for gluten-free food

Currently, the trendy diet has become a slimming diet, which is in fact a modification of the Davis diet. It contains gluten-free bread, pasta and cereal. Absolutely excluded all products that contain gluten (for example, sweets, some cold cuts and dairy products). Such a diet provides the body with few simple sugars and fat. It abounds in lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. Such a way to lose weight is nothing wrong, because such a diet (if it is properly composed) provides the body with everything that is needed.

However, the question arises whether it is certainly the lack of gluten in the diet that causes weight loss? Those who decide on a gluten-free diet read insightfully on nutrition information on products, reach for unprocessed food, eliminate unhealthy snacks, sugar and sweets from it. So they just eat healthy! Therefore, it is not the lack of gluten in the diet that causes weight loss, but a profound change in the nutrition method for a healthier one. This in turn suggests that it is not the presence of gluten in the diet that causes weight gain. The culprit is a bad diet, not the one containing gluten.

Any change and exclusion of unhealthy processed foods from the diet will surely come to our best. If you do not have celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and avoiding gluten causes only healthy products and dishes to land on your plate, that’s great! Remember, however, that a gluten-free diet is not a miracle diet. The same results will give you healthy nutrition. Obsessive avoidance of gluten is not necessary to lose weight.

Author Ewa Buczkowska

Posted on: October 22, 2018

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