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.

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!

Week 8 Gluten Free Weight Loss Diet

  • I’m happy that I broke the 200lb. mark (220 down to 199.5)
  • I’m perfectly on schedule 2/3 weeks done (8 of 12 weeks) & 2/3 weight lost (20 of 30lbs)
  • I’m unhappy that I have not lost more. I wanted to be well under 200lbs at this point.
  • Every pound is getting harder and harder.
  • I’m frustrated that 2 days after weighing in, my weight can be up 3 or 4 pounds.
  • I’m mad that I have to work the majority of the week to get back to where I was, and then bust ass to lose a little more.
  • No more cheat days!
  • No more days off from cardio!
  • I’m going to sample some of Syntrax’s Thermogenic (fat burner) starting this week.

Diet Dedication, Weight Fluctuation

My weight fluctuates so much every day! Seriously, I can change 5 pounds, up or down, every day. It really drives me nuts during my diet! I know I’m not supposed weigh myself every day, but I do it anyway before getting in the shower. A lot of things play into this: salt/water intake, cheat meals, and ya know… going #2.

2 Quick Points:

Start you diet after your temptation days! I started my diet on a Friday(just because Jan 1st fell on a Monday). Never again! After I weigh in on a Friday morning and see that I have lost weight, I subconsciously think that I can cheat over the weekend, since I have seven more days to make up for it. For example, I weighed in last Friday at 201. On Tuesday, I was 206! Now, the whole week, comprar viagra generico, I am fighting just to get back to 201 and then praying that I am slightly lower by Friday morning. I hate this and am sick and tired of it. No more! I am now treating every day like I day I have to weigh in.

Treat every day as if you are getting on the scale that next morning!  No cheat meals, no big portions, no more “it will be OK by Friday.”  I realize weight will fluctuate a little every day, but I’m not allowing it to do so more than a pound or two.  Cardio every day!  I used to take the weekend off of cardio and pack it into the end of the week.  Real weight loss doesn’t work like that!  Every day!  Every day!  Every day!

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Week 7 Gluten Free Weight Loss Diet

Thankfully, I lost some weight this week!  2lbs!  I’m very happy with this!  Coming off a week where I didn’t lose anything, I stepped up my diet a little and kept a better eye on it. 203 to 201- Started at 220.

I was really worried about this week, since I went back home to my parents house Friday to Monday.  I saw a lot of old friends, and most of those meetings revolved around food and alcohol.  I didn’t drink much at all, but I can’t say the same about eat.  It seems we always go to my favorite places when back home.  The type of food and especially potions are not diet food material.

I’m happy with losing 2lbs per week at this stage in the diet.  Next week I HAVE to lose at least 2 more, which puts me under 200lbs!!!  I haven’t been under 200lbs since I started college.

Week 5 Gluten Free Weight Loss Diet

I lost 2 pounds this week! 205 to 203(Started at 220). I’m happy with this. This puts me in a good position to hit 200lbs at the end of week 6, which would leave me with 10 more pounds to lost in the remaining six weeks of my diet.
There isn’t much to say about this week. It was a normal week of solid work.

Tips:

  • Start your diet on a Monday.  I weigh in on Fridays, so over the weekend I have the tendency to cheat a little. If you weigh in on Monday, then you don’t want to cheat over the weekend.
  • Keep a healthy snack around for those moments when you are staving or it is time for another meal and you are tempted to cheat.  I keep Nectar protein packets around, since I can eat them anywhere I have water.

Gluten Free Protein: Nectar

Syntrax makes a protein product called Nectar that is GLUTEN FREE!

After taping many small videos during the last few weeks while trying each of the Nectar flavors, I found that I repeated one word an embarrassing amount of times: SHOCKING.  I guess that is the best way to describe my experience with these Nectar packets by Syntrax.

I’ve tried many different brands of protein shakes and drinks over the years.  In college, my friends and I would try a few brands, then put in a large order to one of them.  Just so we could stand the taste of drinking it every day, we would have to settle for a protein powder had some sugar.  Not any longer!

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Nectar has 23 grams of protein per serving: 0 carbohydrates, 0 fats, and 0 sugar.  I am amazed that something can taste so good without having any sugar or fat.  Seriously, I compare it to candy, Pixie Sticks, and Kool Aid when I drink the different flavors.  Everyone I have let try Nectar has agreed.  I can’t imagine something could taste any better that didn’t have sugar.

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They have been a great tool for my diet.  I keep some in my car, my briefcase, and at home.  If I am out somewhere, I just find a cup or a water bottle and make a shake.  It gives me that needed protein and holds me over to the next meal.  Even off my diet, I plan to keep these in my routine.  They are not a hassle to drink and don’t taste bad- actually they taste great!  Don’t grab a soda, drink a protein shake.  I wish Nectar packets were sold in every gas station.

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  • “It’s good enough to drink just by itself.  I like it as much as drinking a glass of orange juice or whatever.”  Dan- Chesterfield, MO
  • “The lemonade tastes just like Crystal Light”  Stephanie- Mission, KS
  • “This one doesn’t have sugar?” Jim- Overland Park, KS

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I’ve made a habit of having a couple servings per day.  I always make one my last meal of the day, since I don’t want to sleep with lots of food and carbs in my stomach.

I can’t say enough about how good these are.  It isn’t a struggle anymore to find the “least bad” protein powder.  Now it is about what tastes the best.  I challenge you try Nectar and see if you ever consider using your old protein again.

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