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The Truth About “Gluten-Free”

Unless you have been living in a cave then you have definitely heard about “Gluten” and how you should avoid it at all costs.  I met with a new client yesterday, a very successful entrepreneur who wants to lose 15lbs of fat. He explained what he eats and said, “I eat really well…I don’t eat any gluten.”

So I asked him, “What is Gluten?”
The fitness and weight loss industry is full of myths, lies, deceptive advertising and half-truths spread by a lot of well-meaning fit people who really don’t know. Often what you hear at the gym or from your fitness fanatic friends is simply “bro-science”.

The fitness and weight loss industry is full of myths, lies, deceptive advertising and half-truths spread by a lot of well-meaning fit people who really don’t know. Often what you hear at the gym or from your fitness fanatic friends is simply “bro-science”.

My client had no clue what gluten was.  He is a brilliant man; however, there is a lesson here.
We often form beliefs that are not true and that do not serve us.
In another post, I will talk more about how to handle limiting beliefs but for now let me tell you what gluten is….

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.  If you ever ate vegetarian meatless “meat” then you ate gluten.  Breads, Cereals, pastries, pizza, bagels, wheat pasta…all contain gluten.

Should You Go “Gluten Free”?

If you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease or if you have been tested for a food allergy to wheat then avoiding gluten containing foods is a good idea.  In fact, it could change your life for the better.
However, you must ask yourself…

“Why AM I Avoiding Gluten?”

Hopefully it’s not because someone in your yoga class told you it will make you fat and it is evil.

Everyone is different.  Get tested.  If you don’t want to get tested then eliminate gluten for 7 days and see for yourself.  How do you feel?  Do you have more energy? Did you lose a few pounds?

Do you feel better because you cut out gluten?
Or is it because you cut out breads, pasta and cereal and replaced it with healthier foods like lean meats, vegetables and fruits?

The Truth

Just because a food is labeled “Gluten Free” does not mean it is good for you.  Nor will it make you lose fat.  Gluten-Free Brownies Are Still Brownies. If you want to achieve a kick ass body and be able to kick some ass then you must realize there are no secrets.  You need to think it through and see if it’s right for you, your body and your goals.  There are no short cuts.

Before you go, you gotta see this….

Jimmy Kimmel, one of the funniest people in the universe, picked up on this emerging gluten-free trend and decided to ask people the question.  “What is Gluten?”

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