Why do so many people choose the gluten-free diet? The thing is, it is the only way to get rid of the allergy to gluten in starchy foods and sweets. Besides, this diet is a guaranteed way to lose weight.
A GLUTEN-FREE LIFE
Some people have a condition which prevents them from eating wheat, oats, rye or barley. It is called a coeliac disease—an intestinal disorder involving gluten intolerance: the body immediately responds to the foods containing gluten by bloating, gassiness, diarrhoea, and vitamin deficiency.
To improve the functioning of your gastrointestinal system, avoid the following foods:
- Foods containing wheat, oats, barley or rye
- Dairy and sausage products containing starch
- Tomato sauce
- Juice and instant coffee
- Dutch-process cocoa
So what foods are allowed? This diet includes the following foods:
- Butter and vegetable oils
- Fish and meat
- Fruits and vegetables
- Coffee, tea, and cocoa (containing only natural ingredients)
The gluten-free diet provides for 4-5 meals a day, with the last meal of the day before 6 p.m.
IS IT WORTH IT TO GIVE UP GLUTEN JUST TO LOSE WEIGHT?
Many people compare the gluten-free diet with the equally popular paleo diet that suggests giving up fast food and ready-to-cook products. That is why the first food you should give up when following this diet is wheat: it has got more and more modified over the last 100 years.
Note that giving up gluten does not mean that this diet will instantly become a safe and effective way to lose weight. Even without foods containing gluten, there are a lot of foods that can make you put on weight. So, try to eat healthy and low-fat foods and don’t forget to drink enough water daily (about 2 litres).
Remember that gluten is a food-based allergen causing problems with your digestive system and weakening the immune system.
WHAT WILL MY MENU FOR A DAY LOOK LIKE?
The gluten-free diet will help you to lose weight due to the balanced ration. A menu for a day can look as follows:
|FOR A DAY|
|BREAKFAST||Curd dessert with fruit, rice crispbread, cocoa and honey|
|LUNCH||Cauliflower soup with sour cream, mashed potatoes, baked hake, green vegetables salad, and berry compote|
|SNACK||Buckwheat bread roll with jam, tea|
|DINNER||Millet porridge with nuts and dried fruit, kefir|