Should i continue to go gluten free and will it help me lose weight? I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. I have been trying to go gluten free the last 6 months. I have lost 37 pounds but really need to lose another 30. When I do eat bread, crackers etc., I find I am tired, bloated, and feeling pretty crappy.

Amy Campbell


First, congratulations on losing 37 pounds! That’s no small feat. Second, a gluten-free diet is really only necessary for people with celiac disease, a disorder that leads to damage of the small intestine and malabsorption of nutrients. Following a gluten-free diet is not a guarantee that you’ll lose weight. One reason that you might lose weight on this type of a diet is that you end up eliminating high-calorie, higher-fat carb foods such as cake, cookies and pastries, for example. But at the same time, you’re cutting out more healthful carbs, too, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal and whole-grain pasta. The other possible downside of a gluten-free diet is that you may end up eating gluten-free breads, cookies, cereal and snack bars that can actually be higher in calories and fat and less nutritious, overall, than the “regular” versions. The real key to losing weight is to cut back on portions and calories, and increase physical activity. You might consider meeting with a dietitian for guidance on a more healthful approach to weight loss.