10 facts about gluten free weight loss you want to know!
Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Most people think that following a gluten free diet will automatically help them lose weight.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Most people start running to their favourite supermarket to stock up on gluten free products and they tend to buy everything they find just because it’s labeled “gluten free”.
The problem is that the GF biscuits, snacks, chocolates and lollies are still very high in carbs and sugar just like their non-GF versions.
Pasta, bread, baking mixes etc have the same calorie value ( if not more) than any other bread and pasta. No matter if it’s content rice, corn-based or wheat-based, it’s still very high in calories.
But what can you do to actually start losing weight?
Never skip breakfast! This is the most important meal in every diet. You need energy for the day and if you don’t have brekkie you tend to eat a larger portion for lunch and snack more in between.
Portion control- no matter what diet you follow, portion sizes are the key. Try to eat frequently -every 3 hours if you can- and small portions. Use small plates to avoid putting too much food on your plate, eat slowly and stop when you’re full! You don’t have to eat everything you see on the plate just for the sake of it. Check the recommended serving portions on the packages as well! Get a kitchen scale, it will be your best friend, trust me.
Chose low-GI whole grains to keep you feeling full for longer. Quinoa, brown rice and buckwheat are great choices, as well as sweet potato. These are very high in fibre as well!
Plan your meals ahead- this is the only way to make sure you eat the right food. Otherwise, you’ll end up buying sugary snack that will mess up your blood sugar big time. Get your food ready the day before and take it with you! For food ideas and products click here.
Be smart when you shop! Always read the labels but at this time don’t just look for gluten-free but check the sugar and kcal of the actual product. If it’s too high, put it back on the shelf!
Snack healthy: eat light yoghurt-based dips with vegetable sticks, mix up some fruit with yoghurt in a blender, have a handful of nuts, make yourself a chia pudding! You can’t go wrong with these options.
Skip the scale! You’ll just get frustrated with that – I know this with myself. See how your clothes fit you and this will be a good indicator.
Drink a lot of water and green tea- the best way to detox your body!
Cut back the alcohol! Now you can’t drink beer being gluten-free but it doesn’t mean you need to catch up on something else. I’m not saying not to drink at all but try to have a glass of dry wine instead of sugary cocktails and spirits.
Tell me how you lost weight living gluten free by commenting below!