Gluten free diets, as we all know are the latest 'trend' and most people believe that avoiding it helps with weight loss. Is it true? Well, NOPE. . .
What is gluten & Celiac disease? - Gluten is nothing but protein found in wheat, barley and processed food such as bread, pasta, cereal etc - People who have the celiac disease avoid gluten. This is an auto immune disorder where their bodies don't respond well to gluten which results in pain, bloating, nausea etc.
Some people are intolerant to gluten which again causes the above health issues. .
Should you avoid gluten to lose weight?
There is absolutely no evidence that simply getting rid of gluten will result in weight loss.
Eating gluten free only causes you to eat more whole, unprocessed foods where the options you have left are basically fruits, veggies ,lean meat, legumes. This basically tricks you into consuming lesser calories overall. .
For eg- You'd avoid that double cheese burger and fries and rather consume a chicken salad - which basically avoids a lot of calories. Eating lesser calories than usual, overtime results in weight loss. .
Bottom line : Gluten free diets are and should be consumed by only those are unable to tolerate gluten on a biological level. Which doesn't mean, one shouldn't quit gluten if they wish to.
There is no harm in avoid gluten but neither does it make any sense spending on expensive gluten free food when your goal is 'weight loss'
You lose weight when you expend more calories than you consume - NOT BY AVOIDING GLUTEN.