There are several reasons why you should easily avoid wheat and other grain products when you are trying to lose weight. We'll talk about a few of them here and sometimes if you have hit a bit of a road block in your weight loss journey this information can be of some help.
When we are talking about grain products and weight loss probably the top concern is the high carbohydrate content you will find in grains. As you may know carbohydrates has a high impact on your blood glucose levels and in turn on your insulin levels. Since heightened insulin levels promote fat storage we naturally want to strive to keep our insulin on the low side so that we can release stored body fat and use it for day to day energy needs.
The starch in grains, flours and the like gets converted to glucose as it is digested and this glucose when combined with the other forms of sugar the average person consumes merely adds to the excess glucose load in our bloodstream. Insulin ramps up to store this glut of glucose as fat and prevent toxic levels of blood glucose from accumulating.
Removing grains from your diet can be one of the most effective ways to reduce your carb load and bring your insulin levels down from an abnormally high every day level.
Another huge problem with grains that makes them a dubious source of nutrition is the anti nutrient content. When we talk about anti nutrients we are talking about gluten as well as the phytates and lectins you'll find in one form or another in all all grains. You will often read that health conscious folks should take care to consume whole grains instead of the refined products like white flour since these whole grains have more vitamins and minerals.
The trouble with that advice is the fact that the phytates in grains effectively bind up the minerals and make them unavailable for your body to use. Lectins are often described as a type of self defense mechanism which basically is an attempt by the plant to reduce it's likelihood of being eaten by causing sickness or discomfort to the creature eating it. Gluten and the lectins in grains can cause damage to your intestinal lining and allow particles from the gut to slip into the bloodstream where they can trigger autoimmune responses that range from mild discomfort to extreme reactions.
All these are reasons why you should highly consider eliminating grains from you diet not only when you want to lose weight but just as a general practice and lifestyle.