Bye, bye, bread and pasta: The gluten-free fans devotees avoid gluten from wheat and foods it’s in! Here is all the important information — and for you to try out the gluten-free day plan!
The latest food fashion to quickly lose weight, which is reaching us from the USA, is called “gluten-free” or “low gluten.”
This means no bread, no pasta, no muesli, no cake — everything that is made from wheat.
Gluten-free diet actually comes from the disease diet. Those affected by celiac disease must avoid gluten — otherwise, damage to the small intestine is imminent. However, only one percent of Germans suffer from severe metabolic disease.
Gluten-free diet: what proponents say
The gluten-free diet has many fans — including celebs including Lady Gaga, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus and Anne Hathaway.
Bestsellers such as ‘wheat wamp’ and ‘stupid as bread’ claim that wheat makes stupid and sick and ‘ destroy the brain’ — thus contributing to the trend of voluntary gluten renunciation. They specifically target the highly bred wheat, which has a particularly high gluten content to improve baking properties. Industrially produced wheat should also contribute to the development of diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, schizophrenia and also premature ageing.
However, an increasing number of people are maintaining a gluten-free diet because they suffer from an irritable bowel and wheat products have an unpleasant bloating effect on them.
Gluten-free diet: what opponents say
Gluten-free diets may work if you have a hypersensitive gut and frequently feel bloated. The decreasing effect, however, is that you automatically eat much more consciously when you are supposed to give up: cereal products, sauces, seasonings, ready meals, sweet stuff.
The list can be continued at will. The guaranteed gluten-free products are only foods that do not naturally contain adhesive white and have not been mixed with gluten-containing additives.
Similar to the so-called “pudding vegetarians” one imagines eating healthier because one dispenses with certain things — without paying attention to what one takes instead. In plain language, gluten-free brownies are still calorie bombs even without gluten. If you want to lose weight, then you can’t avoid critically questioning your eating habits as well. So: In what situations do I eat? How often do I eat? How big are my portions? And: How full-fledged is what I eat, actually?
Healthy eating should still come before gluten-free diets for anyone who does not suffer from celiac disease. Those who suffer from gluten intolerance, i.e. celiac disease as a variant of food intolerance, can combine low-gluten and low carb perfectly by feeding fewer cereal products overall and instead using more vegetables and legumes.
Is gluten-free helpful for weight loss?
If you want to reduce weight, you have to change your way around in everyday life: no cereal for breakfast, no pasta for lunch and no sandwiches in the evening. “If you eat too many vegetables and fruit, natural dairy products, lean meat, and fish instead, you can certainly lose a few kilos,” says nutritional psychologist Burgel. “But it would be even more important to restrict sweets and sweet drinks in excess.”
Those who omit only cereal products, but continue to consume other carbohydrate sources unchecked, will not be able to achieve great success on the scales either. Especially if you replace the wheat-containing products with the countless gluten-free alternatives that are currently coming to market: Bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta, cereal, baking mixes, muffins, pretzels … Of course, everything is significantly more expensive than conventional products with gluten.
Eating gluten-free does not harm adults, but the bottom line is that as a slimming diet makes little sense.
Suitable for celiac disease sufferers or in consultation with a doctor. If you want to lose weight, you should focus on the whole diet rather than a single active ingredient.