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How the Gluten-Free Diet Fosters Weight Loss

Weight loss weighs heavily on many people's minds. The good news is that the gluten-free diet may be the key to losing and maintaining a healthy weight.

Unfortunately, gorging on gluten-free brownies and cookies isn’t part of this weight-loss plan; the key to weight control is that you adhere to a high-protein, low-glycemic-load, nutrient-dense diet.

These tips make sense for a weight-loss regimen whether you go gluten-free or not:

  • Leveling blood sugar: Your blood-sugar levels affect hunger and cravings. When your body absorbs sugars slowly, as when you eat low-glycemic-load foods and foods high in protein, the rise in blood sugar is gradual, and so is its descent after insulin begins doing its job. The gentle decline in blood sugar means your cravings are less.

    So stay away from foods high on the glycemic index such as bread, crackers, and pretzels — even gluten-free varieties — if you want to lose weight.

  • Harnessing the power of protein: Protein is a strong ally in the battle of the bulge. It revs up your metabolism and helps you burn calories. It also makes you feel fuller than fats or carbs do, so you tend to eat less than you would if your meal were mostly carbs and fats.

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