Weight Loss In Gluten-Free Diet

We all have that one person in our lives who doesn’t let a day pass by without being all too anxious about his or her weight, it can be a friend, a sibling, a relative, or yes, ourselves.

And since it is the end of the year, we are most likely to hear “diet” in everyone’s list of New Year’s resolution. Been there. Done that.

Needless to say, only a few can really succeed in their weight loss comings and goings. Most people even gain more pounds as time passes by. Why is it so hard to keep the weight off?

One study showed that it’s all in the mind. In an experiment done to lab rats in an attempt to understand why most people can’t rid themselves of the unwanted pounds, scientists limited the amount of food intake of the mice until they lost up to 15% of their total body weight. At the point where in weight was dropped, the researchers found out that rats that lost weight had higher levels of the stress hormone corticosterone.

To sum it all up, the mice that lost weight showed signs of depression. Thus, the scientists concluded that dieting can actually cause even humans to have mood and behavioral changes.

Scientists found higher levels of the melanin-concentrating hormone and a hormone known as orexin as well, both are known to have control over eating behavior. In addition to that, even after the mice regained the lost weight, the hormone levels remained the same. And yes, weight loss followed by weight gain typically results in more pounds than you originally had.

Celiacs or those intolerant of gluten usually lose weight on a gluten-free diet since they are not able to eat foods that are often associated with gaining weight. These include wheat products like pizza, pasta, pastries and baked goods as well as processed foods that contain hidden gluten. It’s not designed as a weight-loss diet, but you lose weight without even trying. So yes, if you opt for gluten-free diet, you don’t only rid yourself of the suffering, but you can shed off the extra pounds!

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