Gluten Free Diets & Weight Loss

A common misconception is that going gluten free is a fast way to lose weight, but this is not always true. Anytime you cut out almost a whole food group, you will most likely decrease your calories each day, which is more likely the real reason people lose weight when they switch to a gluten free diet. If you begin to add in high-calorie, low fibre high fat foods gluten free junk foods back into your diet, you will most likely gain that weight back. However, if you have a true food sensitivity to gluten, you can certainly benefit from avoiding it entirely, and you’ll absolutely want to make sure that you avoid gluten free junk food in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Another nutritional concern of a gluten free diet is that gluten free junk foods are rarely fortified. In fact, about 30% of people consuming a gluten free diet have nutritional deficiencies in protein, fibre, and certain vitamins and minerals such as b-vitamins B1, B2, B6, folate, magnesium, and iron. Most gluten free foods are not fortified with these nutrients following processing.  

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