what's the deal with gluten?
Around 6% of the United States is gluten intolerant. This does not mean they cannot have any gluten, but they should moderate it and adjust their gluten intake according to what their body is telling them. Gluten sensitivity can cause irregular bowels, bloating, digestive discomfort, fatigue and joint pain. There is also a wheat allergy, which like most allergic reactions, can cause skin rashes, respiratory difficulty or gastrointestinal pains. You will know immediately if this is you. You should not self-diagnose any disease in your body but particularly gluten problems. If you have an intolerance to gluten, there will be elevated antibodies in your system that are easily seen by a doctor. If you have self-diagnosed and gone gluten free, the tests will be inaccurate and further testing will be needed.Will a gluten free diet help with weight loss?No. Actually the opposite is true if you choose to consume gluten free products. When something is made gluten free, sugars and fats are added to give it the flavor and texture from the missing wheat. This in turn will be higher in calories causing you to gain weight! Most people who go gluten free will gain 15-20 pounds in the first year. The only way a gluten free diet helps you to lose weight is if you stop eating gluten products and their gluten free equivalents. This is basically a diet free of carbohydrates, meaning mostly fruits and vegetables with some meats. Anyone will lose weight eating like this, but very few will be able to maintain the eating regime for very long.So what is the answer with gluten?Most of us can and should eat gluten. The less processed we can get food, the better. If you want to lose weight, then consume less calories, eat more natural foods and exercise. If you're unsure of what to eat in general, let Veestro create a meal plan for you. We offer full weight loss programs as well as 21 day Kickstart programs to get your health in check. We do offer a gluten free menu, but this is designed for all of those whose bodies will not allow them to eat it. It is not intended to be for everyone.