Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Years Resolution Challenge: What's the Deal with Gluten?

This is something I get asked all the time. And while everyone is looking for the magical diet…going gluten free is not it. There is certainly no reason to be gluten free UNLESS you are gluten intolerant, gluten resistant, or have Celiac Disease. Then people tell me,  "Well why are we losing weight on the gluten free diet?" The answer is simple. When a person decides to go gluten free, they are cutting out calorie dense foods, leading to a lower caloric consumption throughout their day. And in terms of calories, the golden rule of weight loss is to "put in less than we put out," meaning to burn more calories than you eat. 

So, the bottom line here is that unless you're gluten intolerant or gluten resistant, it is OK to have gluten in your diet. Just enjoy these foods in moderation (like I keep saying...Balance is KEY)!

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