The word “diet” is used in a variety of contexts, many of which are driven by the latest of the lose-weight-quick fads. The word is often associated directly, if not subliminally, with losing weight. Diets are popularly known as ways to help you shed those unwanted pounds!
But the word “diet” is also associated with the combinations and nutritional profiles of selected foods you eat over the course of time to promote health, not a crash or short-term program to drop some pounds. While a gluten-free diet is restrictive in one sense (eliminating gluten), it is not a short-term approach but a life-long commitment.
The gluten-free diet is not a fad or a program designed to help you lose weight. Frankly, it’s designed to save your life, particularly if you have celiac disease. But asking if you will lose or gain weight on the diet is a valid question. You should consult your doctor or nutritionist on how the diet will apply to your individual situation.
However, a gluten-free diet can promote weight loss in some individuals by virtue of eating less processed foods and enjoying the more natural, wholesome gluten-free foods available. Also, when the body is rejecting gluten, its metabolism can’t possibly be at peak performance because it’s not properly absorbing nutrients. When your metabolism properly regulates itself, losing weight may be a possible result.
However, gaining weight on a gluten-free diet is possible if you consume too many high-carb, high-sugar, low-fiber foods. As with any diet, poor food choices will not do much for weight management. Losing, gaining or maintaining weight on a gluten-free diet varies from person to person.