June 24th, 2011
07:25 AM ET

How do I lose weight on a gluten-free diet?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.

Asked by Mike of Colorado

I have celiac disease (gluten intolerance), and I am wondering how to lose weight given my restrictions in my diet.

Expert answer:

Hi Mike! This is a great question. It brings up a point that I discussed in a past CNN response: A gluten-free diet is not a weight-loss diet, but rather a way of eating that is essential for people suffering from celiac disease. That's a condition in which the body reacts to a protein called gluten present in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye, spelt, kamut and triticale.

Some people with celiac disease do lose weight on a gluten-free diet since they are unable to eat many foods often associated with weight gain, including refined-wheat products such as pizza, bread, rolls, pasta, crackers, pretzels and baked goods, as well as many highly processed and packaged foods that contain hidden gluten. But the diet was not designed for weight loss.

There's increasing awareness and diagnosis of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, a condition in which people test negative for celiac disease but still react adversely to the ingestion of gluten. And celebrity endorsement have contributed to the rising popularity of gluten-free diets.

But processed and packaged foods - baked goods, pizza dough, pasta, gluten free snacks and breads - are showing up more and more in the marketplace. So it is important to limit your consumption of these types of foods if you have celiac disease and are trying to lose weight.

Shauna James Ahern, author of "Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef" and creator of the popular blog of the same name, explains that most gluten-free baked goods are made with white rice flour, potato starch or tapioca flour. These are all refined grains that lack nutrients but are loaded with rapidly digested carbohydrates that can lead to weight gain or prevent weight loss.

In addition, these products often contain loads of sugar to improve the taste. If you don't want to cut baked goods completely from your diet, her website contains recipes for healthier options such as whole-grain muffins and quinoa cookies as well as other delicious and healthy gluten-free meals.

But remember that just because they are gluten-free does not mean that you don't have to watch portion sizes.

In general, to lose weight, build your gluten-free, weight-loss diet around lean protein (including beans), low-fat or fat-free dairy, large amounts of a variety of vegetables, moderate amounts of fruit and gluten-free grains (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat) and controlled portions of healthy fats.

If you continue to struggle losing weight despite watching your diet and exercising regularly, talk to your doctor about checking your thyroid, as an underactive thyroid can accompany celiac disease in some cases and can make it very challenging to lose weight.

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  1. riprap

    I'm convinced that Man was not meant to eat grass seed. (Grain) It causes obesity and diabetes and the associated problems. Protein and fat is the best.

    June 24, 2011 at 08:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lance corporal

      extreme over simplification that will give you gout, you preach this on a lot of articles and do it vociferously, your part right but but your narrow extreme version of it is very unhealthy

      June 24, 2011 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
    • jo An

      Fat is the worst thing we can eat...Pritikin which has the most successful weight lost/heath management diet...says as little fat as possible. Fruits and vegetable at the way to go.

      June 24, 2011 at 20:46 | Report abuse |
    • robert

      Read the China Study book. It will open your eyes if you are open minded.

      June 25, 2011 at 12:59 | Report abuse |
    • KFinCA

      If you want to lose weight. Search on HCG and find a reputable source. 2 gals at the office did it and I'm doing it now. I've lost 16.5 pounds of belly fat since June 1 and feel great. It's the only diet that has worked for me. BTW, to your responders, I've been doing a great deal of research on why I got fat in the first place. Carbs increate glucose in our system. Glucose increases Insulin production. Insulin is the core of many health issues in the US. Carbs are the culprit to weight gain and here are all these experts telling us to eat more. If you want to lose weight eat high quality protein and fats, plus cut down on carbs and starches. The HCG diet has really opened my eyes to what our body needs for fuel and good health. It's easy to eat gluten-free when you're eating for good health.

      June 25, 2011 at 20:22 | Report abuse |
    • hiss mannigan

      glutenfreegirl.com is only good if you are :

      a) ready to devote 8 hours a day to cooking
      b) unconcerned with something like high cholesterol
      c) lambently dancing in the sunlight while sniffing lotus petals
      d) all of the above

      June 25, 2011 at 21:37 | Report abuse |
    • riprap

      robert, The China Study has been thouroghly debunked. Check Denise Mingers blog.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:49 | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      KFinCA, that diet is dangerous and stupid. Injecting a hormone into your body to trick it into thinking you're pregnant may end up costing you your life when you get a blood clot. The reason you're losing weight is the 500 calorie/day limit, and the prohibition against dairy and other nutritious but fattening foods. If you ate 500 calories per day without the hormone, you would still lose weight. Either way, all you are doing is starving yourself. Your body needs you to eat to provide it with nutrition, as well as calories. Just eat less and carefully as a regular practice, and that belly fat will dissolve on is own.

      June 26, 2011 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
  2. reallynow

    I actually gained weight on a gluten free diet. After years of suffering malabsorption from eating foods (that I had no idea) bad for my body, gf diet helped my intestines heal. My body was able to take in the nutrition from foods that I was eating, and my malabsorption went away.

    As long as I eat an organic fruits, veggies and meats based diet, I am able to maintain proper weight. Watch out for processed gf foods. Processed foods in any form are not healthy.

    June 24, 2011 at 09:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • riprap

      Not eating gluten does not say you are not eating fattening food like rice, corn, potatoes and root vegetables.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • riprap

      Oh, I forgot to add sugar to fattening foods.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      most packaged GF foods positively suuuuuuck! ya gotta take responsibility for feeding yourself/family, cooking is a blast once you get in to it, try not to simply replace gluten with rice/millet etc and significantly reduce grain intake instead as it makes a world of difference, oh yeah and start a garden, good for the soul, good for the body both thru the work and the good eats!!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
  3. drsolo

    Gluten free eating is easy. Give up all processed foods and quit eating take out/restaurant foods. Fresh whole foods, meat, dairy, fruit and veggies, beans and nuts. If you MUST eat starchy carbs there is rice and potatoes and beans. But cauliflower can be prepared to resemble both mashed potatoes and rice.

    June 24, 2011 at 09:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lance corporal

      give up eating out? noooooooooooooooooooooooo! heh heh you can still eat out occasionally but you have to search out the good restaurants, they're out there and worth supporting, the cauliflower replacement works great! good tip

      June 24, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • thea

      Amen. I have been gluten for 20 years and the diet is simple. One just needs to be innovative and discover other wonderful foods. Of course, dining out is like walking through a minefield, but restaurants are getting so much more sensitive to the GF diet....amazing change in the past 20 years! I stick to vegies, nuts, meat, fruits, and very little simple carbs like rice to the diet. I am also allergic to dairy. I lost weight on the GF and DF diet – but this is mostly due to portion control and exercise. Most rice based GF treats are very high in calories...I avoid them.

      June 26, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      GF is easy, it's dairy that is really hard to avoid. When we discovered that my wife has celiac, she was advised to cut a whole list of substances from her diet. Dairy is even more pervasive than gluten, and soy seems to hide in places you wouldn't expect it.

      July 15, 2011 at 09:46 | Report abuse |
  4. tensor

    Some people, especially kids with developing systems, are just gluten *sensitive*, resulting in occasional constipation and/or diarrhea than can easily be dismissed or misdiagnosed. However, catch it early and eliminate gluten from the entire family diet, then watch everyone feel better. It's daunting at first, but if you find a large health food store or just Whole Foods – the gluten free choices in all manner of products makes it easy. There are also some very easy gluten free bread, cookie, cake, muffin and pizza mixes that are even tastier than the stuff manufactured by large food conglomerates. Seriously, 10 minutes to make, 30 minutes to bake and better than store bought. I fear we're not anywhere done seeing the injurious effects from 3+ decades of industrial processed foods from whoknowswhere that have been insinuated into the American diet, along with fast foods and anything food manufacturers can stick sugar into. Most everyone can benefit from getting gluten out of their daily diet; it's just a cheap filler.

    June 24, 2011 at 09:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Alexandra

    If you want to lose weight, I recommend staying far, far away form anything associated with Shauna James Ahern.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carrie

      Amen to that! Good stories, tasty recipes–yes. But I don't think she has much validity when it comes to weight loss advice.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:17 | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Have to agree with this comment. Ahern may have her place in the blogosphere, but to mention her in an article addressing weight loss is laughable.

      June 24, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • Ingrid

      Carrie, even saying tasty recipes is a bit generous. I'm glad they worked for you, but I've seen a lot of commenters mentioning that several of her recipes haven't worked for them. In my experience, I only tried three of her recipes, but they were all busts (and I'm a decent GF baker). I wasted a bunch of expensive ingredients on total culinary disasters, so I don't risk using her recipes anymore!

      June 25, 2011 at 04:10 | Report abuse |
    • Anya

      Shauna James Ahern looks so unhealthy to me. She herself is overweight, and her obsesson with food borders on disturbing. I would not use her as a model for healthy living.

      June 25, 2011 at 18:52 | Report abuse |
    • hiss mannigan

      I've already mentioned this, but glutenfreegirl.com is only good if you are :

      a) ready to devote 8 hours a day to cooking
      b) unconcerned with something like high cholesterol
      c) lambently dancing in the sunlight while sniffing lotus petals
      d) all of the above

      June 25, 2011 at 21:39 | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Totally. It's not even so much that she's overweight to me, but her pathological obsession with food and disparaging those who don't share her fixation indicate she is an unhealthy person in many ways.

      June 26, 2011 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • Kaylynne

      Recipe quality aside, whatever it is that Shauna Ahern advocates clearly isn't working for her. She has gained a lot of weight since she first got off gluten. I think her basic premise for people with celiac disease is sound: try new foods that are naturally gluten-free, which are mostly vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and seafood, and cheese. However, she doesn't seem to have any real knowledge of nutrition. She eats a lot of fat (A LOT) and also sugar, and she mistakenly thinks that honey and other unrefined sweeteners are way better than white sugar. And she is constantly making muffins, pies, cookies, bread products, etc., to replace the glutenful products that she can no longer eat.

      So no, not a good model for weight loss or good nutrition.

      June 26, 2011 at 09:10 | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      As already mentioned, many of Shauna's recipes are FAR from healthful. They also call for hard-to-find ingredients and are generally NOT quick and easy, because of course she has a LOT of time to devote to cooking. Just recently on Twitter she openly disparaged those who want/need to make dinner in 15 minutes. Shauna lives in a fantasy food world, and her recipes show it.

      June 26, 2011 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      It's so funny...I didn't know who she was so I went to her blog. The current recipe is for gluten-free corn dogs! Regular old fried corn dogs made with gluten- free corn. Amazing...

      June 26, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      Shauna Ahern has actually admitted on her blog that the recipes in her first book "do not work, now." Not sure how recipes can go from working to not working but I do know that Ms. Ahern's "lifestyle" is one of unhealthy food obsession. Ms. Ahern has also never actually been tested by a doctor for celiac.

      June 27, 2011 at 18:06 | Report abuse |
  6. Katie

    One way to lose weight, while staying away from gluten is to check out Mend-A-Body Solutions at http://www.mendabody.com. Mend-A-Body Solutions wellness coaches educate clients throughout the nation on a low glycemic, low inflammatory lifestyle that provides results for both effective weight loss and relief from pain and/or inflammation-related disease. It's great for those with celiac or gluten sensitivities. There are also tons of products available for sale on the website that are gluten free. Check out the website and/or the Facebook page.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • riprap

      Looks like some good stuff at Mend-A-Body Solutions.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:10 | Report abuse |
  7. lance corporal

    the same way you lose weight eating anything else...... 1st step is educate yourself as the question indicates a need for knowledge about nutrition, 2) limit gluten grain alternatives, if you just replace all of your previous gluten products with ones made with rice/millet flour etc you will still have issues, if you get a celliac diagnosis limit grains in general. 3) the same way anyone loses weight..... EXERCISE!!! this cannot be over stressed, lo impact cardio and lots of it, do it now! REDUCE fat intake in a big way, remember to still get good fats in fish etc but significantly cut bad fats cheese etc PORTION control..... yep, eat less AVOID sugar and processed food, eat raw frequently, get in to cooking for yourself.
    gluten free for 20 years and never healthier!!!!

    June 24, 2011 at 11:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. FoodAllergyQueen

    Sadly, many people on a restricted diet buy into the idea of only getting prepackaged and manufactured food for that restriction. Real food is always the best, both for health and weight loss. Managing portions and cutting back on all grains, not just those with gluten continues to be effective. Most #gf foods are replaced by white rice, which is almost as nutritionally void as white flour. Grilled salmon with asparagus, and quinoa salad with vinaigrette is a good example of real food that's simple to make and gluten free. You can easily order something like it at a restaurant as well, but cooking your own meals not only ensures that you stay gluten free but also that you have control over the quality of ingredients. I blog at foodallergyqueen.com.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. April

    I've been able to lose weight on a gluten-free diet by paying attention to the FIBER content in my food. Women need at least 25 grams a day, men about 38. Most of us don't get enough. Fiber helps you feel full. I start my day off with either certified gluten-free oats or raw oats mixed with my favorite gluten-free cold cereal & milk. I try to have a 350-400 calorie lunch that includes beans (another source of fiber), followed by a snack-sized chocolate bar or a quinoa cookie (Andean Dream makes great choc chip ones). Veggies whenever I want for a snack. I eat a dinner that includes protein (usually grilled) relatively early, and I aim to be finished eating/drinking calories by 6:30 PM every day. If I follow this routine most days (6 out of 7), then I can still lose weight slowly and gradually while still enjoying the occasional "free" day for birthday celebrations and dinners out.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jen

    Although we're challenged by having to avoid many flours and foods, I find losing weight on a GF diet to be not so dissimilar from any other diet – watch the portion sizes, stick with lean proteins and veggies, drink enough water, and allow occasional splurges. True that eating out is a challenge, but I've learned to manage it by sticking to restaurants I know well, or calling in advance when I am unfamiliar with a place. I'll eat a big meal before I go somewhere and just get a salad if I'm going to a social event at a place that doesn't easily accommodate GF folks. Socializing isn't as easy, but with a little forethought, it's doable and you can still have fun.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Krystyna

    I'm gluten intolerant & I simply watch my carbs. I eat meats, salads, green vegetables & almost NO prepared foods. As the article states, being gluten free does knock out many foods that are fattening, but try adding being allergic to chocolate & peanuts! There's not a whole lot of fattening things I can eat anyway, so maybe there's a silver lining to the gluten intolerant cloud!

    June 24, 2011 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Susan

    Try a program called Transitions. I have lost 40 pounds and have kept it off over a year.

    June 24, 2011 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Fuyuko

    I didn't find the 'gluten free' lifestyle helped any with weigh tloss. I do have a lot of sympathy for those who must eat gluten-free 24-7. I found it quite difficult to do.

    June 24, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rbnlegend101

      GF can be difficult, especially at first, and it has nothing to do with weight loss. My experience is that GF tends to make weight loss harder, if you do anything to replace the wheat flour products you remove from your diet. Eliminating and not replacing those food items would help with weight loss, but life without any breads, pastas, cakes, cookies, etc looks grim when you have lived your entire life with those foods.

      July 15, 2011 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
  14. jw

    I've recently discovered that I have sensitivites to many things – gluten, dairy, egg, soy. The thing I've found the most surprising after eating almost no processed foods for the last six months is that when I do eat them, I can't get past the taste of all the preservatives. I never noticed them before I changed my diet. I'm finding I can't help but lose weight if I eliminate all the things I'm supposed to, no matter how much I eat. I never did transition to GF processed foods, though. I guess it's a blessing to have so many sensitivities because it really restricts almost all processed foods for me.

    June 24, 2011 at 16:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • riprap

      What foods have the tastes of preservatives?

      June 24, 2011 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
  15. riprap

    What foods have preservatives?

    June 24, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jw

      I especially taste the preservatives in breads and cakes. I made a lemon cake for my husband's birthday from a box cake mix and had a small bite – I could really taste the preservatives in that. He's not completely following my new diet but is eating enough of it that he's also started noticing the preservatives taste in various foods.

      June 24, 2011 at 22:13 | Report abuse |
  16. GFree Guys

    This story underscores the overall need for clarification and education on what living #GFree is all about. We shouldn't have to give up eating out at restaurants or even food with taste for that matter. The marketplace needs to see that GFree customers have spending power and in turn they'll flood the shelves of your local grocer with options. Restaurants are starting to see the need for more items on their menu and education of their staff. Want the best of a Gluten Free lifestyle? Sign up at gfreesource.com "Together We Eat!"

    June 25, 2011 at 04:44 | Report abuse | Reply
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    "123 Samples" is the largest directory of free samples You can try brand name products for free and enjoy. You should definitely check them.

    June 25, 2011 at 05:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Neal

    From my view, gluten is something to be avoided. It is present in grains of all kinds, (and that includes the flours of grains) and is difficult for our bodies to digest. Also present in grains are mycotoxins that the plant puts there to kill grazers and it's working. There is little nutritional value in grains and they come with anti nutrients. I would, (and do ) avoid them. Good Luck.

    June 25, 2011 at 09:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Qerly Girl

    I am gluten intolerant and have struggled for years to lose weight. Once I was diagnosed, I thought the weigh I had gained would come off easily due to the diet restrictions (I am 49 and found out 8 years ago). I have only recently starting losing in my hips and abdomen (where I had gained excessively before finding out my problem was gluten - big gut sign of the disease). How did I lose? By following the protein power diet. While you are allowed bread on the diet, for the most part, the food within the diet plan followed the "no gluten" path anyway. My cholesterol has gone down significantly, and I am feeling great. I still have much to lose, but protein power is the best diet I have found to date (and I have tried a lot!). Anyway, I was hoping this article would be useful, but alas, blah, blah blah, it was NOT! Hope someone else with the disease finds this useful. Go to amazon and look for the book.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • riprap

      Going gluten free is not telling about the rest of your intake. Potatoes and rice and fruit are all high carb.

      June 25, 2011 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • KFinCA

      I'd also suggest trying the HCG diet if you have a good bit of weight to lose! Be careful to find real HCG as there are many scams. Dr Simeons book Pounds and Inches discusses how it works. I'm 25 days into my diet and have dropped 16.5 lbs of belly fat. I also feel great on it.

      June 25, 2011 at 20:32 | Report abuse |
  20. Sally

    I would have thought that the default with gluten-free diets would be weight-loss, simply because it's also lower-carb. It's when you start adding in replacement grains that you'll have a problem. I'm not saying get rid of grains or carbs altogether, just try to get as many of your carbs as possible from fruit and vegetable sources. And when you do go for replacement grains, cook home-made food rather than eating any of the processed junk on the market.

    June 25, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. tinyrice

    I have gluten insensitivity and and have lost 50 pounds in a year and KEPT 50 POUNDS off a year later eating a gluten free diet. I don't eat packaged foods, eat fruits and lots of veggies and haven't felt this good for years. It took just THREE days of not eating gluten to just know I'd found and fixed a problem that the medical industry could find and fix in THREE years.

    June 25, 2011 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jen

      Yes, this is how you do it, gluten free (or even gluten-y). Gluten free doesn't automatically mean no carb – there is plenty of opportunities for potatoes, rice and sugar. It doesn't mean low-calorie when you can saturate your diet with animal fats. You still need to apply common sense and good nutrition.

      June 26, 2011 at 08:34 | Report abuse |
  22. Realist52

    If you're interested in gluten-free, dairy free and sugar free recipes go to spunkycocount.com

    June 25, 2011 at 17:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. dthomasn

    For eating gluten-free, losing weight and improving health I read "The Paleo solution by Robb Wolf" and "The Paleo Diet" by Loren Cordain. Not a fast weight loss way of eating but helps one gain muscle and lose fat over time without hunger.

    June 26, 2011 at 08:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. LaLa

    Eating Gluten free is NOT an easy way to lose weight nor survive. We were forced by a physician to try it for health reasons for a13 yr old child...Talk about tough..NO RICE, NO Grains, no oats and and you can't eat anything processed in a facility that MAKES those products either. You ahve to learna new language as manufacturers change/modify labels and hide gluten in everything.....Soy souce is LOADED with it! No sharing utensils, or cooking skillets/pans either. Was VERY hard. My child is an athlete and after 3 weeks, lost somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 lbs and was sick as a dog. If THAT is what you must do: it can be done, but forget eating anywhere but home from now on...no salad dressings, no shredded cheezes (prepackaged), no condiments, not seasonings (only a few allowed), and no icecream unless U make it yourself. Schools can't even TRY to accomidate a child with a gluten allergy.
    The intake of fresh fruits/vegs and meats in endless so the argument against fat goes out the window. You eat enough roughage to make up for it.
    I DO think it's healthier than Adkins...although only slightly due to unrestricted intake of freuits/veggies. It is a diet VERY HARD to adhere to for a serious allergy sufferer to Gluten. My heart goes out to thse people..no Oats eaither so breakfast becomes tough too. Gluten free foods are extremely expensive and taste....well I can't say here.....
    We dropped the diet after 3 weeks. She recovered.

    June 26, 2011 at 09:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • riprap

      How tough can it be to make bacon and eggs for breakfast. It will lower your triglycerides and keep your cholesterol in the good range.

      June 26, 2011 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
    • myrna

      I went on the GF diet and I don't find it as hard as your saying. There are ways around some of the foods.
      I have no trouble...yes Gluten is in a great deal of foods, you just have to look at the labels and ask at restaurants. Many restaurants now have GF menu's. Ice cream: there are a great deal of Ice Creams that you can eat. All salads you can eat as long as there are no crutons in them and I use oil and vinegar...In a chinese restaurant, I get steamed shrimp & veg., and no soy sauce, there is also GF pizza's now. You don't have to stay home. hope I helped.

      July 31, 2011 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
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    June 26, 2011 at 09:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Andrew

    Why do you need to diet?
    Just eat healthy food and do exercises.


    June 26, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • riprap

      I cringe when I see someone say "eat healthy" or " eat a balanced diet". It says nothing.

      June 26, 2011 at 18:10 | Report abuse |
    • Kaylynne

      rip-rap, "eat healthy" and "eat a balanced diet" is just shorthand. Not everyone has the time or desire to go into explaining what each of those means in a given conversation.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:08 | Report abuse |
    • myrna

      Wrong! I have been eating healthy and exercising and I can't lose an ounce. And I do not eat GF Foods at all.

      July 31, 2011 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
  27. Ryan

    <1% of the population has an allergy to gluten. Its this kind of article that makes worthless fad dieting so popular.

    June 26, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • GFree Source

      Ryan – Actually, 1 out of every 133 people in the United States have a Gluten Intolerance. This is not even entering into the conversation on how effective living Gluten-Free has been for managing Autism and many other ailments. Do your research and you may be surprised.

      June 27, 2011 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
  28. Jordan

    Right, so 1/133, that's...<1%.

    June 27, 2011 at 21:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. JW

    "Fat is the worst thing we can eat"

    Again a complete over simplification of reality. Ever heard of essential fatty acids? i.e. fats that humans must consume to be healthy as we can not synthesize them?

    Perhaps you have missed much of the recent research which indicates that saturated or unsaturated fat intake isn't so bad after all:


    "Other work presented in this issue shows that a diet high in saturated fat has very different effects in the presence of carbohydrates than in their absence. A low carbohydrate diet that is high in saturated may actually lead to a reduction in plasma saturated fat compared to one that is also high in carbohydrate, a consequence of reduction of triglycerides in the low carbohydrate diet and persistent de novo fatty acid synthesis in the high carbohydrate diet."

    June 28, 2011 at 12:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. John

    Some of the free articles at the Diet Solution talk about being gluten free. Check it out at http://diet.lollyink.com

    July 3, 2011 at 00:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. myrna

    To Reallynow: I posted my comment and I don't see it, did you get It. Please let me know. myrnklein@yahoo.com If you didn't I will rewrite it. thanks, myrna

    July 31, 2011 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. myrna

    To reallynow:
    I guess my first comment didn't get posted, so I will rewrite what I thought was sent.
    In 2005 I was diagnosed with Silent Celiac Disease. I was 106pds and have gained 45 pds since . I went on the GF diet (I do not eat GF Foods at all), I eat healthy and I have been walking 3 1/2 miles a day....I can't lose an ounce. I have been to every Dr. you can think of and have had many endoscopy's....I watch what I eat and watch my portions. Drs., have checked my thyroid and it's normal, I will bring it to their attention again. Losing this weight is quite Challenging to say the least. Is there any hope? could you e-mail me? Thanks, Myrna

    July 31, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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    thanks for the info on a gluten free diet. I also believe that cutting out gluten can help a myriad of other health problems.

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