A weighty issue

When Miley Cyrus dropped a significant amount of weight from her already slim frame this April, tongues immediately started wagging about a potential eating disorder. Miley dismissed this claims, insisting that she had dropped the kilos as a result of eliminating gluten and dairy from her diet. While the singer/actress/serial dieter added that she is allergic to these products, she also recommended that everyone does the same. Yes, it is true that gluten and dairy foods are often high in carbohydrates or fat, making it a no brainer to reduce these levels when trying to shift some kilos. However, there is much research to suggest that banning entire food groups in a plight to lose weight can actually do more harm than good. Gluten free products, for instance, can have a much higher kilojoules and sugar content than its gluten-containing counterparts. This is because manufacturers may be forced to include less-than-wholesome additives to try and replicate the taste of the original product. Gluten free alternatives also tend to be lower in nutrients including iron, zinc and folate.

Slim and slimmer- Miley Cyrus before and after her diet overhaul.

Waving goodbye to dairy can also make it challenging to sustain a balanced diet. Products like cheese, milk and yoghurt are rich in calcium, protein, vitamin D and minerals including phosphorus.  Luckily, most of these health benefits can also be attained by chowing down on things like eggs and tofu. However, many dieters seem to turn to alternatives like soy, not realising that these can contain an equal amount of sugar (or even more) than full-fat dairy products. Now, it goes without saying that the Ingredieat team would never try to deter you from experimenting with gluten and dairy free foods and drinks. After all, showing you just how exciting and accessible this lifestyle can be is our ultimate goal. Our only bone to pick with Miley’s claims is that ‘EVERYONE’ should try out a gluten and dairy free diet. We believe this should only be taken on as a result of allergies, intolerances or a desire to FEEL better, not as a short-term weight loss fix.

What are your thoughts on this contentious issue, Ingredieaters? Have you ever considered nixing gluten and dairy to lose weight quickly?

Emma

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2 responses

  1. Over the past 3 months I have been attempting to lose weight. So what I did was completely cut out complex carbs (rice. Bread, pasta) out of my diet. Within the first month of dieting I had lost 4 kilos. I was happy, looked good and felt even better. After losing some weight I began eating complex carbs again and soon enough I started to gain weight. I realised that I could not cut out a food group entirely.

    Everyone and every body is different. Their biological and physiological make-up varies so the results of dieting is different to everyone. I don’t think anyone should cut out a food group completely because you need those basic nutrients for energy and maintain healthiness. I think that it’s ok to indulge once in a while, consume dairy or complex carbs just as long as it’s in moderation. So my lesson learned was that I need to consume a variety of foods from each food group, eat less processed foods and drinks lots of water

  2. Great post! Really informative about the potential negatives to gluten free diets which many are unaware of. I agree that a gluten free diet is not the answer to weight loss, especially if many alternatives contain an equal amount of sugar. Here’s an article which further explains the situations of when you should (or shouldn’t) go gluten free http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/gluten-free-diet

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