The interweb has been buzzing in recent months about a slew of celebrities who’ve gone g-free in the name of losing weight. If you’re here because your coworker’s counsin’s best friend from gradeschool went g-free and lost, like, 30 pounds, I’m about to disappoint you: G-free doesn’t equal weight loss.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a g-free diet has not been shown to aid weight loss. The only potential benefit, says Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, N.C., in this US News article, is that a g-free diet means you’re cutting out the refined, high-calorie carbs found in things like pasta, bread and baked goods. But as any g-free person knows, you can still score pasta, brownies, cookies, bread and many more diet-offending food in their g-free forms.
So if there’s no proof that going g-free helps shed pounds, why would anyone elect to go g-free when a medical need doesn’t exist? Rachel Krantz at The Daily Beast has an interesting theory: People need a socially acceptable reason for an extreme diet (read: eating disorder).
People suffering with eating disorders thrive on the need for control, says a 2008 study by the International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research in Australia. According to Krantz, the ultra-controlled diet required by g-free eating provides ample opportunity to obsessively control every item eaten, without the stigma associated with eating disorders. Miley Cyrus had to publicly debunk rumors of an eating disorder, instead crediting her g-free diet for her super slim physique.
If you’re considering a g-free diet to lose weight, experts (even this unofficial one) agree that a traditional low calorie, low fat diet paired with an active lifestyle is the best way to shed weight and keep it off. Check out MyLifecheck for some easy tips and healthy living information.