One of the trendiest diets of the moment is to go gluten-free. Some people are cutting out bread and noodles with the goal of losing weight. However, not everyone knows what gluten is or why some do not eat it. Here is some information to understand the g-free diet:

What is gluten?
According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is a protein that acts like a glue. When you are enjoying a piece of tasty wheat bread, the slice maintains its shape because it contains gluten. The protein can be found in many edibles that contain rye, barley, wheat, spelt, farina, farro, emmer, durum or triticale. You likely eat it in baked goods, pasta and cereal. Gluten also resides in foods like soy sauce, salad dressing, soup, beer and food coloring.

Why do people stop eating gluten?
The main reason individuals decide to eradicate gluten from their diet is because they have digestive issues. One common cause is celiac disease, a condition that causes the small intestine to become infected and decrease the amount of nutrients it absorbs from the food you eat. People who have celiac disease often feel sick after eating and experience pain in their abdominal region. The condition is almost like an allergy to gluten. When these individuals avoid the protein, their symptoms go away and they can better digest food. 

celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, dietGluten sensitivity can cause stomach pain when a person eats bread or other baked goods.

Should you stop eating gluten? 

"Avoiding gluten won't help you lose weight."

If you're having digestive issues, you may want to consider going gluten-free as a way to manage your symptoms. Just remember though, going gluten-free is not a weight loss plan – simply avoiding gluten won't help you lose weight in and of itself. To lose weight you'll have to modify your food intake and eat the right combination of protein and fats as well as fast and slow carbohydrates. You can learn all about eating to lose weight from the Food Lovers Fat Loss Program.

Always check with your doctor before drastically altering your diet. See your physician if you are experiencing digestive troubles. He or she may suggest an elimination diet to try going gluten free for a few weeks. If your symptoms go away you may be gluten sensitive. It's important to note that other irritants like sugar and dairy products may be the culprits of your tummy troubles too, so make sure you discuss these possibilities as well. A temporary diet that removes all these items can show what's causing your discomfort. After a few weeks of staying away from sugar, gluten and dairy you may start to ease back into eating the ingredients one at a time to gain insight into potential triggers.

Can you try Food Lovers Fat Loss Program if you're gluten free?
Yes! Our program does not involve prepackaged meals that would make it difficult to remove gluten from your diet. Instead, we provide you with information on how to kickstart your metabolism to burn fat. Our recipe books, like "How to Make a Fat Loss Plate" and our Eating Out Advisor help you learn how to cook meals that will make the best of your metabolism. You can easily alter the ingredients for a gluten-free diet by replacing wheat, rye and barley with other similar items, like rice. There are also plenty of gluten-free alternatives to your typical foods available at the grocery store - think pasta, bread and other baked goods. Eat these foods instead of the versions that contain gluten and you'll be on your way to healthy fat loss with the Food Lovers program. 

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