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Nov

When Healthy Diets aren’t so healthy

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The term diet is pretty much automatically associated with the idea of weight loss, but as it turns out, some of the worlds most popular dietary choices have nothing to do with weight loss at all.

This sometimes creates a problem, especially when well-meaning dieters attempt to try one of these popular dietary strategies expecting great weight loss results, only to find that the diet plan did little for their waist line. Making the choices to go gluten free, or to eliminate meat or other animal products from your diet can have a lot of benefits, especially if you are religiously or medically inclined to participate in this dietary lifestyle. However, these diet plans are not intended to support weight loss.

The assumption that going vegan or gluten free will help you lose weight is one of the reasons why so many people become frustrated with the idea of these diet plans. Rather than get frustrated, it is better for you to know from the start that if you want to lose weight, the best thing that you can do is to make an appointment to talk with your weight loss surgeon about the healthiest strategies that are likely to help you achieve your personal health goals.

Finding a Diet that Supports Weight Loss

People stop eating meat for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the choice is medically-driven, such as the desire to cut down on cholesterol intake after experiencing a heart attack. Other times the dietary restriction is the result of a religious or political preference. The choice to remove gluten from one’s diet is typically the result of autoimmune disease. Neither of these dietary strategies are recommended for weight loss, yet so many people fall into this trap every single year.

The bottom line is that when you cut out one type of food, there are other foods available to take their place. Gluten-free cakes, cookies, breads, and even waffles are certainly no healthier than the gluten-filled alternative. There are also plenty of ways to create baked goods and sweets without adding any animal products. In fact, some of your favorite sweets are naturally vegan, and making a few simple substitutions like using oil instead of eggs can remove most of the challenge from finding a quick vegan-friendly sweet.

If you are trying either of these diets for weight loss purposes, then you are likely to be disappointed with the results. Meeting with your weight loss surgeon can prevent a situation in which you put needless stress and time into a dietary plan that isn’t right for your health goals. Learn more about the dietary strategies that are going to help you see success by talking with your bariatric surgeon.