Because gluten is often present in high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods, as well as processed foods,  avoiding those foods lowers calorie intake, and lowers blood sugar spikes, reducing your body’s need to create and store fat. The same is true for today’s wheat. Typically, people who eliminate wheat from their diet, lose a pound a day for the first 10 days. There is a protein unique to wheat that stimulates appetite. When wheat is eliminated, average daily calorie intake drops 400 calories per day–with less hunger, and less cravings. Wheat also raises blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods, including table sugar and many candy bars.

Other Reasons to Avoid Gluten

Lower Cholesterol – When your blood cholesterol level is high, excess fats and cholesterol accumulate on the inside of the arteries that nourish your heart. As these vessels narrow and become less flexible, you develop coronary heart disease.

Enhanced Digestion – Our digestive systems are bombarded these days with a host of substances that can put a lot of stress on a system that’s designed to break down and assimilate whole, natural, unadulterated foods that provide nourishment to our bodies.

Boost in Energy – Eating less gluten and wheat dramatically lowers your intake of processed sugars, and foods with high-fructose. Eating gluten-wheat-free can provide your body with the natural nutrition it needs, which in turn allows your body to naturally improve its performance.

Totally eliminating gluten and/or wheat can be very difficult to adhere to, and it’s almost always a struggle when eating at restaurants. Gluten/wheat is hidden in many different food items. The best way to stay true to a the gluten-wheat-free diet is to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, and to prepare most of your own meals.

List of gluten-free foods