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Jane Anderson

Miley Cyrus Goes Gluten-Free for Weight Loss - But Does It Work?

By April 11, 2012

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Teen pop star Miley Cyrus has been all over the news in recent days, and not because of a new hit album. The former Hannah Montana lead actress has lost a noticeable amount of weight, and consequently has been dogged by rumors that she's got anorexia.

Not so, says Miley. Instead, she's gone gluten-free ... adding her to the list of celebs such as Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow who have ditched the gluten to drop some pounds.

"Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing! U won't go back!" she tweeted.

Predictably, multiple media outlets used this news as an opportunity to opine once again that going gluten-free won't make you lose weight (and might even lead to nutritional deficiencies). But are they right?

Er, no. (And I'm getting really tired of hearing that.) Although the final verdict isn't yet in (the studies simply haven't been done), the available research indicates that yes, absolutely, many people can and do lose weight simply by going gluten-free. Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, says dropping wheat from your diet can lead to a 15- to 20-pound weight loss, even if you replace some or all of those carbs with gluten-free substitutes. (Of course, you'll do a lot better if you don't replace gluten foods with gluten-free grain-based substitutes.) The key seems to be wheat's particularly dramatic effect on your blood sugar.

I explain more in this article: Gluten-Free Weight Loss.

So when Miley Cyrus says that dropping gluten has helped her get skinny, I'm absolutely inclined to believe her ... not to mention the very positive effects on both physical and mental health that she attributes to her gluten-free diet (and which many of us know well).

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April 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm
(1) Budie22 says:

Well I beg to disagree with the media. I lost 30 pounds after going gluten free.

April 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm
(2) toni says:

im sure she did lose weight going gluten free but of course u need to substitute where needed

May 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(3) Szasza says:

Do you know whyt celiac eat instead of wheat? Corn.
Do you know what are pigs and geese fattened with?

July 21, 2012 at 2:38 am
(4) Nat says:

I madly hate you all. She has gluten allergy, it’s basically celiac disease. Is she needing to instagram her blog test and biopsy for you to believe her? Why don’t you make notes about how hard it is to be a celiac when EVERYTHING has gluten?

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