I recently overheard a woman telling another woman that she had lost a lot of weight by eliminating gluten from her diet. I am skeptical about such claims and I wanted to set the record straight. Also I am jealous and annoyed by people who lose weight easily by eliminating anything. And it appears that I have become the kind of person who enjoys bursting people’s bubbles. That’s what celiac disease has done to me. So here it is, the ugly truth: The gluten-free diet that people lose weight on is simply a no or low carb diet. I know I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. To illustrate my point I present you with two meal plans. The first plan is for someone (me) who can never again eat gluten anything, ever; the second is for someone (not me) who wants to lose weight, and be cool ( gluten-free is a lot hipper than weight watchers).
my gluten-free diet plan:
The basis of my plan is this flourless chocolate cake. I made enough so that I could incorporate it into my meals during the week.
Breakfast: 2 pieces of flourless chocolate cake and on cup of strong black tea with lots of milk and honey
Lunch: 1 piece of flourless chocolate cake and a V-8 juice
Dinner: hashbrowns and a half a bottle of white wine (because it was the only GF thing around) and for dessert, you guessed it, flourless chocolate cake
Bed time snack: flourless chocolate cake
Someone else’s gluten-free diet plan:
The basis of this plan is eliminating all carbohydrates.
Breakfast: fruit and yogurt, instead of the usual bagel with cream cheese.
Lunch: A gigantic salad, instead of the usual Panini
Dinner: Chicken, asparagus and greens with lemon water, instead of the usual large pepperoni pizza
Dessert: ice chips