Why wheat is bad for the diet. There are good carbs and there are bad carbs. Try a gluten free/gluten reduced diet. Wheat is a notable bad carb to include in your diet because of the gluten, which is considered to be worse than sugar for maintaining health and achieving weight-loss goals. This means that white breads, pasta, cookies, crackers and white potatoes are off the list of allowable foods. When you are trying to lose weight and help prevent diabetes, choose better carbs and avoid wheat and wheat products. The weight will come off faster, you'll have more energy and you'll be healthier.
Wheat: Precursor of Bread and Staff of Life
There was a time when wheat, -and the bread made from wheat, was considered the staff of life. A loaf of bread was part of every meal in virtually every culture, especially western cultures.
In our lifetimes we have witnessed a changing perspective of radical proportions. We see an overfed, under-nourished nation of obese people. Round mid-sections, typical of gluten-rich diets, is almost pervasive in western society. The increase of heart disease, diabetes, Celiac disease, premature aging and an pervasive increase in other health-related maladies.
We cannot blame sugar, sedentary lifestyle and a lack of excercise entirely. Wheat gluten plays a major role in the fattening of western society.
Why is Wheat is Bad for Health? Gluten is the Reason
Wheat gluten sensitivity is being discovered to be more common than realized. Many people are sensitive to wheat / wheat gluten and may not even be aware of it. Bloating, gas, a general feeling of tiredness and abdominal pains are seldom directly associated with wheat gluten sensitivity but are known symptoms of slight intolerance to gluten.
What happens is that gluten (a protein composite) attacks the peptides formed when digested and broken down. Over time, this repeated exposure causes damage to the lining of the small intestine, reducing its ability to extract nutrients from food. More gluten, more damage leading to reduced ability to absorb nutrients.
The sensitivity created by constant over-exposure increases until the diner begins to exhibit health issues and can lead to full-blown Celiac symptoms. -The acute Celiac sufferer cannot ingest enough food to maintain proper nutrition and their health deteriorates.
Why Eating Wheat Products Feels so Good and the Glycemic Index
Have you ever sat down to a large pizza and ended up eating all or most of it yourself? Wheat is seemingly addictive. The high glycemic index of wheat gluten is every bit as addictive as sugar and sugary drinks. You get a 'high' from eating the starchy gluten product. You 'fill up' but remain hungry for more! And it gets worse!
Starch in Wheat Causes Insulin Spike, Sudden Drop
The starch in wheat is broken down and absorbed quickly. This causes a rapid spike in blood sugar levels.
High blood sugar means elevated insulin levels, levels which drop just as quickly. This insulin 'drop-off' causes that sudden 'late evening hunger' we're all familiar with. So you snack some more, -a sandwich, some crackers, a slice of cake or some cookies. -More wheat and more gluten. It is a repeating cycle.
Try to Limit and Reduce Wheat and Wheat Products
Monitor what you eat. Shop smarter: don't buy white bread, rolls or pasta for a week. Eat only foods with a lower glycemic index, foods like brown rice, whole grains, oat cereals, bran and barley.
Avoid gravies (often thickened with starch,) and pastas. Eating more raw and cooked (not processed) fruits and vegetable are always welcomed. Avoid or limit your consumption of white potatoes, -these are considered "high" on the glycemic scale due to their natrual starch.
To lose weight, -especially that difficult belly fat region, reducing or eliminating wheat gluten is a best first step to improved health and weight loss. You will have more stable insulin levels, feel more energetic within days the weight begins to come off.
-Even that stubborn belly fat will begin to disappear.