You’ve probably heard claims about how bad gluten is for you. But what really caught your interest are the stories from your friends who say they lost a TON of weight going gluten-free.
Is it worthwhile to avoid gluten so you can lose more weight too?
Here’s what you need to know about wheat and gluten– and what these things can do to your body.
Gluten and Gut Inflammation
For the last 10 years or so, wheat-based foods such as bread, bagels, cereals, muffins, cookies, and cakes have been under fire because they contain gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in cereal grains, most particularly found in wheat.
For some people, such as celiacs, gluten is a serious issue. When celiacs eat gluten, an immune response is triggered that destroys their small intestine.
But even if you are not celiac or officially gluten-intolerant, gluten may affect your gut as well.
There are a number of studies that say gluten may be causing inflammation in your digestive system.
What’s the problem with an inflamed gut?
Leaky Gut Syndrome
If your digestive system becomes inflamed, the gaps between the cells of your intestine become larger than normal.
These large, porous gaps allow fragments of undigested food, toxins, bacteria, and other items to escape your intestinal tract and enter your bloodstream (where they don’t belong).
This is called Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Once these foreign particles are in your blood, they wreak havoc on your immune system. Your body goes into overdrive to remove them before they can do any damage.
And you feel awful– with digestive upset, fatigue, aching joints, food cravings, bad skin, and weight gain.
Ok, So Should You Go Gluten-Free?
Maybe…but there are some things you need to understand first.
Remember those friends who bragged about their amazing weight loss when they went gluten-free?
Did you notice that a few months later they started gaining weight and looking tired again?
What happened here? Did their gluten-free diet just stop working for them?
In a way, it did.
Let’s go back through time, before they eliminated gluten. A typical day might look like this: cereal for breakfast, a bagel sandwich for lunch, and pizza for dinner. Gluten for every meal!
Then they tossed all their wheat products in trash. There was nothing left to eat except maybe some eggs, meats, butter, and vegetables in their fridge. So that’s what they lived on while they learned what is and isn’t gluten-free.
But after a few weeks, they wanted their cereals, pizza, cookies, beer, and bread back. So off they went to the natural foods grocer to buy a bunch of expensive gluten-free foods (242% more than foods without the gluten-free label, to be exact).
‘Gluten-Free’ Does Not = Healthy
So yeah, those foods are all gluten-free, but… they can also cause Leaky Gut Syndrome and worse.
These pricey ‘gluten-free’ foods will disrupt your hormones, kill your metabolism, promote cancer, trigger type 2 diabetes, increase your risk of heart disease, cause Alzheimer’s, and prematurely age every cell in your body!
Why? Because they are made with rice, potatoes, tapioca, corn …and sugar. All gluten-free, and all will spike blood sugar levels. Now a completely different intolerance is going on here– to insulin.
You must understand that a blood glucose level above normal is TOXIC to every single human being on this planet, celiac, gluten intolerant, or not.
The higher your blood glucose soars, the more your body is damaged. And the higher the spike in blood sugars, the more fat you pack on.
What our gluten-free friend unwittingly did was follow a low-carb, low-sugar (low-GI) diet for the first couple of weeks when they eliminated gluten.
But after their trip to the natural foods store, they loaded up on high-GI foods that drive up blood sugars like crazy.
And the gut inflammation and leaky gut syndrome started all over again.
PTF and Gluten-Free Diets
The bottom line: everyone benefits from eating a menu of real foods designed to keep blood sugars low so you can lose weight.
It’s THE MOST POWERFUL WAY to reduce inflammation and Leaky Gut Syndrome too.
If you are someone without allergies or intolerances, reducing gluten will help your body recover from the ravages of a high-sugar diet– further allowing your gut to heal.
That’s why 84% of our menu is naturally gluten-free. And of the 16% of our foods that contain gluten, the quantity is so small (soy sauce, or some bread crumbs) that it is of little concern to healthy individuals.
With Personal Trainer Food, you’re already eating a very low gluten diet, and chances are your diet is healthier than many people who claim to be ‘gluten-free.’ If you are losing weight, feeling better, and have more energy, there is probably no need to go 100% gluten free.
But you can if you want (or need) to*.
That’s because you can fully customize your order to create a 100% gluten-free menu –-for any meal plan.
Did you know?
- 100% of our Breakfast items are gluten-free.
- 100% of our Snack items are gluten-free.
- 100% of our Vegetable items are gluten-free
- More than half of our Meat entrees are gluten-free.**
*Celiacs and those with underlying medical conditions should always consult their doctor regarding their dietary choices.
**Menu selections may change over time. Please check our Nutrition Facts by clicking on the image of the menu item you wish to order for the latest information.
P.S. Unlike your grocery store, we never charge more for our gluten free items!
About the Writer
Jan is a certified nutritionist, trainer, and yoga teacher. As a 13-year veteran in the fitness industry, she has personally coached and trained thousands of people to live fit and healthy lives around the world. 100 pounds ago, she knew exactly what it is like to be obese, sick and unhappy, feeling like there was nothing that could be done about the excess fat she had gained. That is why she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Personal Trainer Food team today. She has successfully and permanently lost the fat using the principles of this program.