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Gluten and Weight Loss

Monday, 19 Mar 2012 11:49 AM


Question: I am a 58-year-old man who is overweight. My wife has started a gluten-free diet (no wheat) and seems to be working for her. She has lost about 15 pounds so far. I’m hesitant to start this diet because I very much like bread. Do you think a no-gluten diet is valid?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
A gluten-free diet is not a weight-loss diet, but rather a way of eating that is essential for people suffering from celiac disease. Some people with celiac disease do lose weight on a gluten-free diet since they are unable to eat many foods often associated with weight gain. But the diet was not designed for weight loss.

Does your wife have celiac disease? If not, and you both want to lose weight, you should build your gluten-free, weight-loss diet around lean protein (including beans), low-fat or fat-free dairy, large amounts of a variety of vegetables, moderate amounts of fruit and gluten-free grains (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat), and controlled portions of healthy fats. Also, remember that just because they are gluten-free does not mean that you don't have to watch portion sizes.




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