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The Celiac Expert

Control Your Weight on the Gluten-Free Diet

You’ll hear of celebrities like Russell Crowe and Miley Cyrus lauding the gluten-free life as their ticket to weight loss. The word is that Lady Gaga, in the quest for onstage bloat control, doesn’t allow her dancers to eat wheat. But it’s time for a reality check: the truth is that many people who give up gluten because of celiac disease or non celiac gluten sensitivity struggle with weight gain not loss. So here are some important tips to maintain your healthy weight on the gluten-free diet.

Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast

Studies prove it: those who skip breakfast tend to overeat later in the day – often resulting in weight gain. So fuel your body with a healthy breakfast such as: a gluten-free cold cereal made with a nutritious grains like amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa or teff and topped with fresh fruit. Compare cereal nutrient levels in the comprehensive chart I created for Allergic Living magazine. (Canadians, see this version.)

For a hot cereal, make a tasty bowl of oatmeal from pure, uncontaminated oats with raisins and slivered almonds. Try a smoothie with low fat yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, ground flax, dash of vanilla and honey. Or bake and freeze muffins from a healthy gluten-free mix.

Next: Portion sizes

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