Going Gluten Conscious

by Susan Elle
(Frederick MD)

Susan Elle

Susan Elle

By Susan Elle AFAA Certified Personal Trainer

I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of going gluten free. Many people are getting the habit of lower carb eating. I decided to give it a try and see what all the hoopla is about. Here are my tips if you want to try it out.

Gluten free regulates insulin levels

Wheat raises insulin levels the same way sugar does. So while you think that eating whole grains are better for you, it can act the same way that white flour does. So if you want to regulate blood sugar and not increase cortisol production.... get gluten conscious

High fiber foods speed up fat loss

When you are gluten conscious, your main source of carbs will be veggies, rice, potatoes and fruit. The emphasis should be veggies because they are the most nutritious and fibrous. They speed up digestion, speed up your metabolism and can replace the carbs in your diet.

Don’t get carried away with fruit

Fruit is ok in a gluten free diet, but the fructose can be bad for weight loss and thyroid. So limit it to 3 times a day

Don’t get discouraged

It will be difficult at first to follow this new diet. You will mess up at first and there will be times where you’ll cave and have wheat, sugar and flour. If you are not someone who has to be gluten free than you should not be so hard on yourself. It’s not a trend, for some people it’s a necessity.

Gluten conscious can prevent diabetes and regulate blood sugar

Cutting back on sugar, wheat, flour and fructose will help fight diabetes and maintain a healthy weight. It’s not about cutting them out completely, but being aware of the reasons we want them out of our diet.

From Cindy:
There are some good pointers here. Far too much of the average diet consists of wheat flour and sugar. These foods spike insulin release and fat storage so it only makes sense that cutting back will assist weight loss.

Thanks Susan!

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Sep 11, 2016
Good tips NEW
by: Anonymous

Being fit is the prime concern of me as well. Thank you very much for sharing wonderful ideas here. Looking forward to hear more from you.

Jul 17, 2015
Wow! NEW
by: Anonymous

Gluten for me is really evil. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle for past 10 years, and first of all I totally exclude all foods containing gluten and animal fats.

May 07, 2012
Well Said
by: RS

There has been a great deal of discussion in the scientific community about the effect of sugary diets on the childhood obesity. Many pediatricians are now actively recommending that parents not only cut out sugary sodas out of children’s diets, but also cut out or reduce fruit juice because of the added sugar in the juice. Going Gluten Conscious is an excellent call to action for a nation facing an obesity epidemic. Well-said Susan.

May 07, 2012
AFAA means you have a nutrion degree? I think NOT
by: Anonymous

It appears as if you read a magazine article talking about what the new trend on losing weight was, and decided to post an article. While this statement has fact in it "Wheat raises insulin levels the same way sugar does. So while you think that eating whole grains are better for you, it can act the same way that white flour does"....you mention nothing about needing to eat protein to help regulate level.

Gluten conscious can prevent diabetes. Really? What scientific proof is out there that if you are gluten free you will not get diabetes?

An educated individual reading you post would conclude you are posting your interpretation of what you read, and pieces of information you found on the internet or in a magazine.. It irritates me how people try to pass off being an expert on something, when they have little to no knowledge or education on the subject.

Gluten free is NOT the next diet miracle. Quit pretending it is. If it was "the answer" every bodybuilder, fitness model and professional athlete would be gluten free. The only answer to diet, is ones ability to assert self-control.

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