A Gluten Free Diet for Weight Loss (Not So Fast!)
If you’ve gone gluten-free, you’ve probably noticed some significant changes in your health. Better digestion, more energy and a brighter mood are what most people report feeling after a few weeks on a gluten free diet.
But what about a gluten free diet for weight loss? Isn’t a going gluten free supposed to help you lose weight?
While removing gluten can certainly reduce inflammation – a cornerstone of an unhealthy metabolism and chronic disease – it is often not enough.
And the reason is that…
Gluten-Free Foods are LOADED with “Fat Fertilizer” (a.k.a – Sugar)!
Take a look at any of the gluten free products out there – from pancakes and all-purpose flours, to cakes, breads and brownie mixes. You will quickly see they share something in common:
They use a combination of high-glycemic ingredients like rice flour, potato starch and sorghum flour.
So while the gluten is missing, all the blood sugar-spiking effects are still there.
But here’s the good news: There is a healthy, low-glycemic, gluten-free option you can use that actually BURNS fat…
Coconut Flour: The Superfood Flour You Need in Your Healing Kitchen
(Here’s a little story about the fat-burning abilities of this ingredient. In the 1940’s, farmers were feeding coconut to their livestock to help them fatten up. But they realized they were not fattening – but getting lean, active and hungry instead. Farmers then switched to soy beans and corn which allowed the livestock to fatten without using much food – go figure!)
But coconut isn’t just a metabolic power ingredient. It is also a prebiotic fiber that helps your body maintain or restore your gut flora (or internal ecosystem, as I call it). A healthy gut flora is vital to fat loss, but more importantly to keeping a healthy immune system.
If you haven’t ever used coconut flour, there are a few things you should know.
First: a little goes a long way. While it might look light and fluffy, it is actually a dense, fiber-rich flour. A good rule is to use one egg for each tablespoon of coconut flour in your recipes.
Also, most recipes that call for coconut flour specify “sifted coconut flour”. One half cup coconut flour does not equal one half cup sifted coconut flour. If you don’t sift and then measure, your baked goods can end up dry and dense.
My favorite brand is Let’s Do Organic. Not only is it organically sourced, but it has superior flavor and quality, and is economical, to boot.
A Low-Glycemic Gluten Free Diet for Weight Loss
To get lean and lose body fat on a gluten free diet, base your meals around whole foods including grass-fed beef, pastured poultry, wild seafood and above ground veggies.
And when the craving strikes for a slice of bread, a muffin, cookie or treat, reach for coconut flour (and other low glycemic nut flours, like almond flour) to create delicious, low glycemic baked goods that won’t spike your blood sugar. (Learn more about healthy gluten free baking here).
Here are a few great gluten free recipes using coconut flour to get you started: