Some experts believe that shunning foods with glutena protein found in wheat, rye, and barleyhelps with weight loss. And celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah have reportedly gone on gluten-free detox diets for just that reason.
- But any weight loss is probably because youre reducing your overall calorie-and-fat intakenot because you‘re cutting out gluten. What‘s more, theres currently no science that indicates youll lose weight by replacing a gluten-filled food with a nongluten food that has the same number of calories.
You may eat more filling whole grains that dont have gluten, such as corn, rice, amaranth, and buckwheat …
- But some of those non-gluten whole grains actually have less fiber than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Some people feel more energetic on a gluten-free diet …
- But it may simply be because theyre cutting back on their total food intake.
The bottom line: Going on a gluten-free diet for a few days may do no harm and may even give your diet a jump-start if it helps you limit calories. But its not a long-term weight-loss strategy, Sandquist says. And, in spite of rosy forecasts for the gluten-free-product industry, crafting a whole meal plan around the limited number of products available would be a challenge, she says.