Going wheat free is easy, right? You just stop eating gluten and you start losing weight and it’s wonderful. Not exactly. Unfortunately, there will be a few days where you may very well experience wheat withdrawal symptoms. In fact, it’s estimated that about 40 percent of people who go wheat free experience what they generally describe as ‘flu-like’ symptoms.
Assume You’re Going To Get Wheat Withdrawal Symptoms
You don’t know if you’re going to be one of these people or not, so it’s best to assume you are and to prepare for it. If the wheat withdrawal symptoms catches you unprepared, you may give in before you begin reaping the benefits and the rewards are definitely worth the short struggle, as awful as it might be.
Okay so the first step is to brace for the likelihood that you’re going to feel pretty cruddy for a few days. The second step is to understand why you feel so awful. For me, it helps to understand. Maybe you don’t care why you feel terrible. However, knowing why your body is behaving the way it is, may give you some strength to endure. Bear with me and if you really don’t care then skip to the next section.
Why Does Wheat Withdrawal Happen?
There are a few theories about why wheat withdrawal happens. The answer probably rests somewhere in the middle with a combination of reasons. Many people believe that wheat withdrawal happens as your body changes it’s primary fuel source. This is likely the case if you’re someone who eats a lot of wheat based products.
For example, if you have a bagel or cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and maybe pizza or a burger for dinner then you’re eating wheat at every meal. Stop eating wheat and your body all of a sudden doesn’t have those fast burning fuels to give it energy. So you might feel sluggish.