If you’ve been on the Internet in the last few weeks, chances are you’ve seen photos of Miley Cyrus coming or going to her pilates classes and looking super skinny. While pilates may be contributing to her svelte new bod, Miley also recently announced that she’s been strictly following a gluten-free diet.
Gluten what? I thought being vegan was still cool? Is Miley’s gluten-free diet the cause of her recent weight loss? Is it a new nutrition fad? It could be, according to Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, a gluten-free diet expert.
“Certain people who have Celiac disease (a gluten allergy) require a gluten-free diet for optimal health,” Dr. Muth tells Hollyscoop, “[But] the majority of people who have recently adopted gluten-free diets do not have celiac disease, but report that the elimination of gluten from the diet decreases gastrointestinal discomfort and overall makes them feel better.”
Miley isn’t the only celeb that has adopted a gluten-free diet. Zooey Deschanel, Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Emma Rossum, Serena Williams, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Chelsea Clinton are all gluten-free.
However, Dr. Muth says the nutrition lifestyle is NOT meant to help you lose weight.
“Because so many foods contain gluten, it can become a very restrictive diet and contribute to disordered eating,” says Dr. Muth, “Also, if the diet is not well planned out, it can also contribute to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.”
As for Miley’s incredible shrinking waist, Dr. Muth thinks she may not be doing “gluten-free” the right way.
“It can contribute to excessive weight loss only if the person has become extremely restrictive with her eating and is taking in very few calories. A gluten-free diet in and of itself is not a weight loss plan.”
But, when done correctly, going gluten-free will make you very healthy.
“Most processed foods are gluten-containing so if going gluten-free inspires someone to eat a more wholesome diet rich in fruits and vegetables, then it is a good thing.”