The diet and health industry is a billion dollar business, with self-conscious men and women the world over trying to shed a few extra pounds. It doesn’t matter how you look at it: we live in a very self-obsessed and narcissistic world, one where appearance takes priority and where beauty is God. This is what nutritionists feed-off, and what the latest diets try to exploit.
There are a few diets out there that seem to be very popular and have achieved big results with influential people, but when you look at them a little closer, you realize that not everything is at it seems.
Gluten-Free seems to be the “in” thing these days, and it is a diet that is causing a stir. Gluten is a harmless substance often found in breads and grains, but it stops being harmless if you suffer from a gluten intolerance, also known as celiacs disease. Suffers of this disease can have serious, even life-threatening reactions to consuming gluten. However, followers of this diet have no such reactions and are reducing their intake based on the belief that their body will be better for it and they will lose weight. There is no solid evidence to back this up, although it goes without saying that if you take fattening substances such as white bread and beer out of your diet, you will lose weight and feel better for it.
However, you have to feel bad for the actual celiacs, the people often labelled as fussy easters and picky dieters, because while the Gluten-Free trend has increased the amount of Gluten-Free food they can find in their local supermarket, it has also lowered the public’s tolerance of this unfortunate disease.
There are many celebrities who owe their trim figures to a Gluten-Free diet, including former Disney angel and current hell-raiser Miley Cyrus, who claimed that the diet helped her to lose weight and to improve the condition of her skin.