I am planning to go gluten free in the hope of losing weight. Do you think this is a good idea?
If your intention of going gluten-free is to lose weight, then this might not be a good idea.
Gluten should be given up by those who have gut sensitivity to it.
Most of the human population has it now because most of the wheat that we get today is genetically modified. It has more gluten that our digestive tract can handle. But if you replace gluten with gluten-free flours like buckwheat and ragi, you will not lose weight.
The reason is that these flours are still going to cause gut inflammation and they are all very high in carbohydrates that will raise your sugar levels causing your insulin to be elevated.
There are so many people who go gluten-free and in fact, gain weight because of the wrong gluten-free choices in food.
If you do cut off gluten from your life for weight loss, I recommend you have carbs from good sources like sweet potato, white rice and white potato (cooked and cooled), vegetables and very little fruit.
Step up your protein intake to about 30 - 35 per cent of your daily calories and start your day with fat first – a tablespoon of ghee, butter or coconut oil.
Working out even going on regular walks if you can’t do anything intense is always a good idea for weight loss and general well being.
All of this will not only help you lose weight, get rid of crazy carb cravings, but help with better sleep and gut healing.