Article: Is Gluten Making Us Fat?

Here is a good article about gluten that I ran across a few months ago and have been meaning to post…

Is Gluten Making Us Fat?

Aside from the topic of the title, it is good overall article about gluten.  It is worth sharing with some who wants to know about eating gluten free.

What do you think about the article?  Specifically, about weight loss/gain?

I am used to hearing people talk about losing weight when switching to a gluten free diet.  This may be true as people go through the learning cure.  People who switch 2 a gluten free diet typically cut almost everything out of their diet and have trouble finding things to eat.

I believe weight loss or weight gain has nothing to do with eating gluten free, but comes from the overall problem of this country… overeating.

Yes, gluten is found in most carbohydrate-rich foods, but it is not the root cause for gaining weight.

Once I figured out what contained gluten and what did not, I just went back to eating huge portions of gluten free things.  I still craved fat and salt, like most people, and overate in those areas.  I still gained weight.  People will find a way around anything to satisfy a craving or continue doing what is normal to them… overeating.  I could simply substitute corn for flour, and bingo!  Overeating is the root cause.  It is simple calories in vs. calories out, no matter the diet restrictions.

So you may lose weight in the beginning, but once you figure out the diet, you will be back to your old habits.  Losing weight is a lifestyle change: cut portions and increase activity.  Cutting portions as first can be hard, so start with filling yourself with low-carb and natural foods.  Overeat on lettuce and vegetables.  You’ll probably have to eat more often since you are used that full feeling and not having to eat until the next meal or two away.

OK, time to end my rant… I’m getting too much into weight loss and away from gluten… plus, I’m not the model or perfect health, but at least I admit it and think I understand why and how to fix it.

Fyre Natural Thermogenic Fat Burner

Syntrax makes an All Natural Thermogenic called Fyre.  They suggested I try it on my gluten free weight loss diet, so they threw in some samples with my Nectar Protein. Being all-natural, it is gluten free.

I have always been very skeptical of any “fat burner” in the past, so I had very low expectations for this.  I can drink all the caffeene in the world as a bed-time snack and sleep like a baby.  So, I couldn’t imagine anything having an affect on me.

The first day, I figured out quickly, that I had to moderate my dosage!  The first day, I took two pills about 7 hours before I wanted to go to sleep…. I was up all night!  I was awake and wired all night!  Didn’t even consider trying to go to sleep!  This is the first product that I could tell worked.

It is tough to say if I lost any weight because of it, but when taking it, I felt great and wide awake, so it must by hyping me up.  I got much more work done than usual and just felt good.  I continued taking one pill 3 times per day before meals.

I would/will purchase Fyre again.  Despite helping me lose weight, it just made me feel wide awake.  It wasn’t a bad or jittery feeling, just a revitalized type of feeling.

Fyre is for sale on the Boosters4Health site.  You can use coupon code: MH3090 to get 40% off of your purchase on that site.

It is relatively inexpensive, with the 40% off, compared to other thermogenic products and I can verify that it works!  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Week 9 Gluten Free Weight Loss Diet

199.5 down to 197.5… 3 weeks to go.

Well… Not a lot to say this week.  The video pretty much sums it up:
Do normal things and you get normal results.  Time to stop being normal!

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Gluten Free Diet Foods: What I’ve Been Eating

Do diets always consist of boring and bland food?  NO!

There is no way I could stick with a diet if I couldn’t still eat foods that taste good and eat a variety of foods.  Especially in the beginning, I have stuck to 45% protein, 35% carbs, and 20% fats in each meal.  My daily total of calories started at 2300 and has slowly dropped to around 1800-1900 calories per day.

I do eat a lot of boring and bland foods, because they are quick and easy to make, but I usually have one “good” meal each day which takes a little more time and preparation.  Below, is a photo gallery of some of the “good” meals I have made.  Each one sticks pretty close to the nutritional breakdown of 45/35/20.  Some of these meals I portion out and save some for later.

I try and use any kind of sauce or dressing in moderation… something that is new to me.  Wild Thymes and San J have a wide variety of sauces that help keep my meals interesting.

I don’t have any photos of my breakfasts, because those are usually the boring ones.  I usually have 2 whole eggs, 4 egg whites, a red potato(or brown rice), and some vegetables(onions and green peppers).

You will even see some fried chicken!  Believe it or not, with the chicken, corn meal, eggs, and olive oil, the nutritional facts are pretty much perfect.  I may be a little over on the oil sometime, but I am usually lacking in my fats each day.

No, I didn’t drink the Redbridge beer… that was only put there for the effect.

Diets don’t always consist of boring foods!

GF Weight Loss Diet: Week 4

After not losing any weight last week, I was really praying to at least see a few pounds gone this week.  I lost 3 pounds: 208 to 205.

This was a good week, so I don’t have much to say.  I stuck to the diet, no big cheat meals, and got some cardio in.

My Nectar protein packets have really become a staple on my diet.  One is always my last meal of the day around 10PM.  I shouldn’t have any carbs this late at night, so getting 23g of protein, 0g carbs, 0g fats, and 0g sugar is perfect!

My goal for the next two weeks is to lose 5 pounds, so I will be at 200 starting the second half of my diet.  I don’t see any big obstacles in my way this week, or next, so I will be upset if I don’t get there.

Free Cheesecake Contest

How would you like a FREE gluten free cheesecake delivered to your door?  I have an easy way for that to happen!

The contest will run from February 1st to February 29th, 2010.  The winner will be announced on March 1st.

EARTH CAFE

If the word FREE didn’t get you excited enough, I’ll tell you a little about Earth Cafe’s cheesecakes:

You can also read my full review HERE from my order at Christmas.

  • Wheat Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • No refined sugars
  • No harmful oils or fat
  • Organic ingredients
  • Hand made
  • No cholesterol

If you are a cheesecake lover and want to go ahead and order a cheesecake, Earth Cafe has offered my readers a coupon code for 20% off:  S2GF

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THE CONTEST

This is so easy.  There are 4 independent ways to enter.  Even better- each way to enter is assigned a point value.  Each point is equal to one entry!  You can have up to 10 points/entries!

  1. Comment– 1 point:  Check out Earth Cafe’s website, then comment in this article below with your first name, city/state, how long you have been gluten free, and which flavor of cheesecake you would like to try.  Make sure to put your email in, acheter cialis, so I can be sure you don’t entered twice 🙂
  2. Tweet– 1 point:  Tweet this exact phrase:  @switch2GF I want a free #glutenfree cheesecake from @EarthCafe http://ow.ly/12sL9  You are allowed to tweet this once per week! (4 possible points!)
  3. Email– 2 points:  Email me, and I will email you back an email to forward to 3 of your gluten free friends.  You MUST copy mike@switch2glutenfree.com on that email so I can enter you into the contest.
  4. Blog/Website– 3 points:  Write a blog article linking to this contest or the original review of Earth Cafe Cheesecake, or just include a link to this contest or the review article on your website.  Make sure to email me to show your work!

So there you go!  Simple & Easy, just like you wanted!

I will track the entries in a spreadsheet.  Each entry will be assigned a different line and entry number.  On March 1st, I will use a random number generator to choose the winner.  The 2 runners-up will have their choice between a Gluten Free Awareness Wristband or a Gluten Free Bumper Sticker.

Email me if you have any questions.

Here are some photos to get you excited!

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Thank you to all who participated…

The Winner Is….

GF Weight Loss Diet: Week 3

Everything finally came together in week 3 of my diet.  I was eating right and exercising.  I was looking forward to my Friday weigh-in.

On Friday, I got on the scale…. 208.  NO CHANGE!!! How could this be?  I had my best week yet perfecting my diet and did the most exercise.  Was I eating too many calories?  Was I eating too little with the amount of workouts I was doing?  Was my last weigh in with very little water in my body and this week with a lot?  What’s the deal?

Overall, I am not too frustrated by it… but really hoping for a better weigh-in next week.

2 tips:

No big cheat meals!  I was out with some friends on Friday night.  I only had one drink- I was being good.  Everyone decided to go to my favorite Mexican restaurant.  I decided it was OK to have the half order of my usual nachos.  So, I ate the whole thing.  I felt like absolute crap for the next 3 days.  I couldn’t even sleep well that night.  It wasn’t because of the guilt of eating something I wasn’t supposed to, but all that unhealthy food, just made me feel like crap.  Even Saturday and Sunday, I still felt terrible.  So, maybe you can have a cheat ITEM, but not a huge meal.

Start your diet on a Monday- not on a Friday.  I started on a Friday, because that was what January 1st fell on- not by choice.  I find that if I have a good week and weigh-in on a Friday, then that gives my the mentality that I can cheat over the weekend, since I have many days until I weigh in again.  I need to work as if my weigh-in is every day, taking every day as if it was the same.  No more cheating on Friday after the weigh-in!!!