Why Am I Still Gaining Weight Even Though I Am Gluten Free?On by
This is a common question that is brought up online. Gluten-Free is all the rage right now. And the food industry is responding with a plethora of gluten-free foods.
It is no secret that I am a firm believer that gluten wrecks havoc on the body. Even individuals that test negative for Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease or gluten altogether, many still have problems.
One does not have to have a true gluten allergy to suffer the effects of gluten. In fact, it has now been documented the gluten can be tied to over 200 symptoms or diseases in the body.
What most people also do not realize is in addition to gluten there are other compounds not only in wheat but in all grains that cause imbalances, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies in our bodies.
Two other lesser-known protein-based compounds: gliadin and lectins also lead to inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and auto-immune conditions in the body.
So yes going gluten-free is one of the healthiest choices one can make. People begin to lose weight and feel better but another problem is the food industry replaces wheat and glutenous foods with rice, corn, potato, and tapioca flour.
As a result, our bodies are flooded with these excess sugars which lead to weight gain, unstable blood sugars for diabetics, and again, inflammation due to the high levels of omega 6 fatty acids in most grains.
Scientists over the last ten years have finally concluded that all disease processes including auto-immune, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s have one thing in common; INFLAMMATION.
It is the overconsumption of grains with high levels of omega 6 fatty acids that lead to the degenerative disease processes in the body. That is why I take it a step beyond gluten-free and advocate the elimination of all grains from our diets (rice, corn, wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc.)
Cutting grains out of the diet which Atkins, Paleo, and Primal Blueprint advocates recommend leads to the reduction or elimination of auto-immune, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.
Individuals have more energy and vitality allowing them to do the things in life they were unable to do while overdosing on grains, gluten, and gliadin.