By Lauren Denos: 9/4/2015 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I have been told that gluten is something that I should be staying away from, that it may be the cause of my weight gain. Should I get off of it?

Thank you,


Dear Danielle,

Well that all depends. There has been a lot of hype around gluten free and it is very helpful for those with actual sensitivities or allergies to gluten. But I think many people are using it as the next big thing to grab onto when it comes to wanting to lose weight. I think many of the people who are having luck with a gluten free diet are the ones who are simply not eating as many refined foods. If you go off gluten but you are still eating gluten free pizza, and gluten free bread slathered in butter the weight will probably not budge. If you eat whole grains, not bread, but the actual steel cut oats then you would probably lose weight anyway, because you are eliminating the refined carbs and replacing it with a whole food with more of it's nutrients intact and no added garbage.

If you think that you have a gluten sensitivity then you should see a doctor and get tested for it. If you refuse to go to a doctor then you can do an elimination diet to see what foods you are reacting to. If you have an allergy to the gluten then yes, getting rid of it can affect your weight.

If you are doing this purely for weight loss and not because of any specific issue then I think you are just making your life harder for no real good reason. That being said if you are not super hardcore about it, meaning you do not have to worry about having some gluten when you go to a restaurant or to eat at a friends house, and you are making sure you get plenty of other carbs in like healthy vegetables, then it is probably not going to hurt anything either.




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