Saturday, May 31, 2014

10 Gluten Free Foods that Will keep You Fat

                                     Gluten Free desserts that pack on pounds

There I've said it. No one likes to hear the word FAT, but I knew it would get your attention. There seems to be a misconception that if you eat a gluten free diet, you will lose weight. Sorry, In order to lose weight, you have to follow the same guidelines for any weight loss program. After all just about anything that can be made with gluten free safe flours and ingredients ( bread, pasta, pizza, crackers, ice cream, soda etc.) and regardless if they are gluten free , they still have the same calories or more.

Most likely, whatever you weighed before starting a gluten free diet, you will probably maintain the same weight while eating a gluten free if you continue to eat pasta, pizza, cookies, cake, pancakes, etc..  If you were overweight before you started a gluten free diet, you will probably maintain the same weight if you don't change your eating habits

Why?  A Gluten free diet  is not that much different than a regular food diet except for the elimination of wheat, rye, and barely products- which are in breads, crackers, pasta, cakes, etc. However, each of those products can be made or purchased as gluten free. The products are just made using gluten free grains like  rice, quinoa, corn, buckwheat, etc. The calorie content and carbohydrate content is similar in most grains..

If you shop the processed ready to eat packaged gluten free isle in the supermarket, the gluten free packaged foods are highly caloric, high in sugar and starch. Or if you do your own baking using gluten free ingredients, the recipe may be healthier, but equally caloric.

10 Gluten Free Foods that Can Keep You Fat ( If you are trying to lose weight) 

  1. Gluten Free Baked Goods- ( cookies, cake, breads, rolls, pie ,crackers, donuts )
  2. Gluten Free Packaged goods ( pretzels, corn chips, Pirate Booty  etc.) 
  3. Fried foods ( french fries, potato chips, ) 
  4. Chocolate Candy ( M and M's, mints, peanut butter cups, etc.) 
  5. Ice cream
  6. Soda 
  7. Diet Soda ( artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite and fool the brain to trigger hunger) 
  8. Salad dressing ( can be very caloric and very high in fat)  
  9. Gluten Free Pasta ( rice pasta, quinoa pasta-) - pasta is all starch 
  10. Gluten Free Pizza - very tasty, but high in carbs and calories
To lose weight on a gluten free diet , one must follow the same guidelines as if they wanted to lose weight on a regular diet. .
  • Eat real food ( food that is a close to nature as possible )
  • Evaluate portion sizes- don't overeat
  • Exercise daily- at least a brisk 45 minute walk or go to the gym to exercise
  • Eliminate junk food- snack on real food like fruit, vegetables, hard boiled egg, yogurt

10 Gluten Free Real Food Snacks that won't pack on the pounds

  1. Jicama sticks ( jicama speeds up metabolism) - nice and crunchy and low calorie
  2. Cut up vegetables ( carrots, red pepper, celery, tomatoes, radishes, mushrooms) 
  3. Hard boiled egg - take it with you only 60-70 calories
  4. Cheese stick - low fat has only about 60 calories
  5. Fresh Fruit- ( apple, pear, banana, orange, strawberries, blueberries )
  6. Handful of almonds ( 8-10) I soak mine first
  7. Celery and a tablespoon of raw nut butter ( almond, peanut, etc) 
  8. spaghetti squash ( love it ) - use this to replace regular pasta
  9. plain yogurt and fresh cut up fruit
  10. Water, herbal tea, Green Smoothie
A gluten Free diet is not necessarily a weight loss diet unless you make healthy choices and stay clear  of the Gluten Free isle in the supermarket which is mostly processed packaged caloric foods.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? How do you deal with weight on a gluten free diet?

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  1. Good article. There are many misconceptions with labels and greenwashing these days.People need to check labels very carefully and eat real food only. Fat-free is another label that has a lot of misconceptions to it. Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop. Will share on twiiter & google.

  2. Great article. When people hear I'm GF they all assume I'm buying all the expensive stuff in the GF section and I'm not! I find that kind of funny in a way. I only eat a GF grain once in a while and then limit to 6 oz. per day per my dr. instructions.

  3. Stopping by from the GF Blogger group. :)

    I hear you about the GF junk food! There is more and more out there every day. Truth is, you can find junk minus gluten, allergens, etc. and that doesn't make it good for you! I am one who really has to watch portions more than anything. Thanks for the great reminders! :)

  4. Great post! You are so true, the only change in gluten free diet is the type of flour. Dropping by from live it up blog hop. Have a nice week!

  5. this is so true! so many people tell me the go GF to lose weight and aren't having success. I really feel like the reason a lot of people lose weight when they go GF is because they cut out so many foods they used to eat...but you can def still gain weight! thanks for sharing! gotta try some jicama sticks now (:

  6. It seems like gluten free is a new buzz word that people think will help them eat better, when really most people just need to eat real food from scratch. Thanks for sharing on Let's Get Real (I'm co-hosting this week)!

  7. Jicama sticks sound good, especially if I did them in hummus. :) I love cucumbers too!

    I did lose weight when I had to cut out dairy because it ruled out so many high calorie foods. I can eat them now, but I need to watch my portions.

  8. Thanks for sharing I have never tried jicama before good to know!

  9. Hi Judee - Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party.

  10. Great information! I have friends that I believe started the gluten free lifestyle because they thought it was like a diet. Thanks for the educational post!

  11. Thanks for clearing up the misconceptions about GF diets. I never understood why people think it would equal weight loss. So glad shared this with us on foodie friday.

  12. I agree!
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday linky party!

  13. Hi Judee,
    A lot of us have misconceptions about gluten free eating.I am so glad you pointed out that if we shop the gluten free section of the store, gluten free packaged foods may be highly caloric, high in sugar and starch and home-baked goods could be healthier, but equally caloric. Proper meal and snack planning and exercise are key to remaining healthy and fit on a gluten free diet so thank you so much for sharing this valuable post with us at the
    Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop!

  14. Hi Judee,
    This is such an important issue to raise awareness of! Thank you so much for enlightening us about gluten free shopping problems and pitfalls at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I sincerely appreciate it!

  15. Good post, Judee! Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!


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