Debunking 5 weight-loss myths

Having problems dropping that last five or 10 pounds? Don't believe all the diet hype. We uncover the real reasons your scale won't budge. 

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Myth No. 1: Gluten-free products facilitate weight loss

Embraced by celebs and diet gurus, going gluten free is one of today's most popular food fads. A protein found in grains such as rye, barley and wheat, gluten can cause digestive distress, including gas and stomach cramps, in those who suffer from celiac disease. However, many individuals without a celiac diagnosis are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon, too.

"People believe that if they eat gluten free they'll lose weight and their digestion problems will go away. It's not that simple," says Melissa LeBlanc, a Vancouver-based registered dietitian and nutrition consultant. "A lot of gluten-free products are marketed as healthy, but they're full of sugar, low in fibre and have no nutritional benefit." In fact, some gluten-free items can actually cause weight gain.


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