GLUTEN - What You May Need To Know.

Could one of the most under-diagnosed diseases be hampering your weight loss efforts?

If you have reached a plateau in your weight loss or are simply not able to make the scales budge, it is important to take a closer look at your diet and lifestyle. Sometimes, cutting out ‘cheat’ meals, dealing with emotional eating, stopping snacking throughout the day or increasing your physical activity can help you start losing weight again.

In some cases however, it seems that no matter what we do or how hard we try, it simply seems impossible to lose weight. If that is your situation, it may be time to suspect a gluten sensitivity ….

Gluten Prevents the Absorption of Nutrients

Gluten comes from the Latin word for glue. It is the adhesive properties of gluten which allows breads and cakes to hold together. Gluten is a protein found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye. Most of us unknowingly love it, because gluten gives our favourite foods that special touch: It makes pizza dough stretchy, gives bread its spongy texture, and is used to thicken sauces and soups.

BUT, it’s also those very properties which cause gluten to interfere with the breakdown and absorption of much needed nutrients. When you sit down for a meal which includes a gluten-rich product, gluten prevents the absorption of nutrients from all foods in that meal.

To people with a chronic digestive disorder known as Coeliac Disease, gluten is truly evil. Their bodies regard even a tiny crumb of it as a malicious invader and mount an immune response. The problem is, this immune reaction ends up damaging the small intestine, which causes both great gastrointestinal distress and nutritional deficiencies. If untreated, these responses can then lead to intestinal cancers as well as complications such as infertility and osteoporosis.

Experts once thought Coeliac Disease was a rare disorder, believed to affect one in every 10,000 people. But more detailed studies now indicate that celiac disease is far more prevalent than anyone had suspected, affecting up to one per cent of the population.

Now another problem, which experts refer to as non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, is up to ten times more prevalent then Coeliac Disease. Gluten sensitivity can lead to similar coeliac symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhoea, bloating and fatigue. But unlike Coeliac Disease, gluten sensitivity doesn't actually damage the intestine. As awareness of this condition increases, more and more people are realising why it is that they feel sick after eating a piece of bread.

Problems Caused By Gluten-Rich Foods

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have already been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, but there are 10 to 15 times more Coeliac Disease sufferers who have not yet been diagnosed. That's because people can be asymptomatic for years, and the symptoms of Coeliac Disease can also overlap with other medical problems, so it often confuses both patients and doctors alike.

The primary problem encountered is that gluten proteins are extremely difficult to digest.  These undigested proteins trigger the immune system to attack the inner lining of the small intestine. There are many symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity. Among these are;

 Gastrointestinal problems which may include bloating, pain, gas, constipation, and diarrhoea

 Aching Joints





 Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle, and miscarriage

 Cramps, tingling and numbness

The symptoms which may be associated with gluten are clearly representative of the common complaints of a huge portion of the population.

Thanks to an on-going increase in diagnosed coeliac and gluten sensitivity cases, gluten-free diets have now emerged from obscurity and many people have latched on to avoiding gluten as a cure for many conditions aside from coeliac, including migraines, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Whilst some people have found relief, that doesn't mean a gluten free diet will work in all cases - In fact, if we’re not careful, it can backfire; because gluten-free doesn't mean fat-free or calorie-free.

Without gluten to bind food together, food manufacturers often use more fat and sugar to make the product more palatable. As an example, a serving of regular pretzels has about 110 calories and just one gram of fat. Swap them for gluten-free pretzels and you could get 140 calories and six grams of fat.

Should You Avoid Gluten?

If you have Coeliac Disease or gluten sensitivity, the answer is easy: Yes, you have to.

But avoiding gluten altogether is easier said than done. It isn’t just about cutting out bread or eating less pasta; Because gluten makes foods thick and tasty, it is added to everything from salad dressing to soy sauce to seasonings.

Also, besides the hassle of trying to cut it out completely, you run the risk of ending up with serious nutritional deficiencies. Gluten-free doesn't necessarily equal healthy, especially when people cut vitamin-enriched and wholegrain foods from their diets and replace them with gluten-free snacks. In fact, research suggests that those who forgo gluten may be more likely to miss out on important nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, and fibre.

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TIME. The missing link to weight loss...??


Everyone seems to lead busy lives these days. We live in a world of fast food, ready meals, eating on-the-go and TV dinners!

But here’s the thing; the single biggest ingredient in sustaining a healthy life of long term weight control, is to invest some time in yourself.

I see it over and over again, where people are so busy taking care of other things, be it for their kids or grand-kids, their parents or grand-parents, their work, their studying or even their partner, that they seem to have almost no time left at all for themselves.

The reality is, a successful weight loss journey means that we really do need to allot the time we deserve, to allow ourselves the chance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Without that investment in time, it’s like building a brand new state-of-the-art airport without a runway; nothing is going to get off the ground.

Everyone wants ‘instant results’ when it comes to losing weight and the global diet and weight loss industry carve out a very nice living tantalising this desire with their seductive, “Lose A Dress Size A Week” type marketing for their latest ‘fad’ diet or product. In reality, it didn’t go on overnight and it isn’t going to come off overnight either. We really are going to have to invest some time into planning and maintaining our weight loss journey

Planning ahead

Having the best intentions is one thing, but you have to make sure you have all the right stuff in”. That was a great quote from one of my clients recently.

Planning ahead plays a big part in a healthy lifestyle. It isn’t just about knowing what to eat, it’s also about having it there when you need it. Planning your shopping, your meals and your snacks keeps you in control. We all know we need to have a breakfast, we need plenty of water and we need food and snacks to sustain us through the day. So taking a little time at the start of the week to prepare for these, can help keep you from finding yourself hungry in the middle of the day and more prone to making unhealthy choices.

Many of us have busy careers and work long hours, so planning evening meals in advance is also essential, to steer us away from the convenience of a take-away at the end of a busy day. Planned evening meals can be just as convenient if we’ve taken the time to prepare them in advance. It might even be a meal you had earlier in the week, where you deliberately made enough to freeze for another day.

Make time for breakfast

Making time for breakfast is another huge way to help towards your weight loss goals. Your body actually burns off calories more efficiently once you’ve had something to eat; so the sooner in the day you can have a breakfast, the sooner you’re kick-starting your body's ‘calorie burning’ time!

And, as I say to my clients, it doesn’t need to be a Kings Banquet! … Just a small slice of wholemeal toast, or a small banana, or a hand-full of bran cereal or porridge are examples of all it takes to fire your body up in a morning.

Those people that kid themselves into thinking they don’t have time for breakfast are hindering their own weight loss efforts and often find themselves ‘bumbling’ through the morning feeling lethargic, without any energy and propping themselves up with coffee.

Don’t skip lunch

It’s often a similar situation with many of us at lunch time. I remember having a conversation with a client last year, she had a very busy job, driving up and down the country and was telling me she simply did not have time for lunch. “Look”, she said, holding her open diary out in front of me, “Where am I supposed to find time for lunch?”.
Her diary was clearly filled with appointments, so I asked her, “You obviously live by this diary, don’t you?”.
Yes”, she answered.
…and, if it doesn’t go in here, it doesn’t get done. Right?”, I continued.
That’s right”, she agreed.
So, I then asked her, “So, where are your appointments with yourself, to have a half hour lunch every day?”.
You see, it doesn’t necessarily come natural to us to diarise time for ourselves, but if we live by a diary, get those appointments with yourself in there. Yes, this may sound odd, but once those appointments are in there, your thinking changes and you plan your day around them. You just treat them like any other appointment. I know this works because I do it myself !!

Skipping breakfast or lunch is like trying to drive across the country along the ‘b’ roads. If you really want to get going and stay moving throughout the day, a wholesome breakfast and a healthy lunch gets you straight onto the motorway and motoring through your day.

Take your time

Eating quickly often causes us to miss those signals from our stomach that tell us we’ve had enough for our physical needs. (As does eating in front of the TV or whilst on Facebook, etc). Come on, what’s the rush?

All it takes for you to feel satisfied is for your body to signal your brain that you are indeed full. When you begin eating, it takes some time for your body to tell your brain that you've had enough. Experts claim that it can take as long as 20 minute before your stomach tells the part of the brain (the hypothalamus) to initiate the satisfied response. Therefore, if, in those 20 minutes, you eat speedily, you are ingesting more food that contributes to weight gain. Alternately, if in those same 20 minutes you eat slowly, you are consuming less food that will contribute to no weight gain. Your brain will eventually send the signal communicating the satisfied response; it's just a matter of what you do with the 20 minutes or so until that point is reached.

A good way to help slow your eating speed down is to put your knife and fork down between each mouth full. Now, this doesn’t always come naturally at first, but making a conscious effort to do this for about two weeks, will be enough to have re-wired the neurological pathways that kept you in the old habit. In other words, after about 2 weeks you’ll find it has become second nature.


I haven’t got time to drink lots of water. I’ll always be needing the loo”. There isn’t a week goes by where I don’t hear that a few times.

It’s true though, drinking more water will indeed cause more trips to the loo initially. It’s a natural function of our body and helps in flushing away lots of toxins from our bodies.

A small amount of initial inconvenience is a tiny price to pay for all the masses of benefits we gain from staying hydrated, particularly if we’re wanting to lose weight. Besides, our bodies soon adjust to the higher water intake, meaning the trips to the loo gradually become less frequent as our bladders adapt to holding more fluid.

Remember; there isn’t a single diet or weight loss plan in the world that can override your body’s natural demand for water.

Time for a treat

Occasional treats aren’t necessarily bad news. In fact, allowing yourself a treat now and then as a reward, can have a much more positive psychological effect on your mind-set then depriving yourself of something.

The key is to plan it. Having a small, planned snack during the afternoon can help keep your blood sugar level stable and eliminate your body's need to begin craving all of the wrong things.

You can also plan yourself a ‘reward’ for achieving that next 'milestone' in your weight loss journey. Keeping some of these ‘naughtier’ foods as ‘allowed’, as opposed to ‘not allowed’, can actually keep us spurred on in the right direction, as long as they are planned right.


Like meal times, it’s a good idea to set and prioritise times when you can get active. With our busy lifestyles, I realise this isn’t always easy, but it’s often down to just how far up your list of priorities activity actually lies? For example, is it above or below watching Eastenders??

The hard facts are that to lose weight and stay healthy, we need to become and remain active. Setting aside some time to commit to this, will set you up very nicely for a successful weight loss journey. For people who haven’t been that active in the past, just a small amount of time is all you need to commit to at the start; 10 minutes on an exercise bike, a 20 minute walk, a few minutes cycling.

Keeping your activities within an achievable time constraint initially, will certainly keep you motivated for much longer, allowing you to slowly build upon your initial efforts, until you reach a point where you’re exercising regularly and benefitting from an increased metabolic rate.

Keep Moving

If you’re unable to take part in regular exercise for whatever reason, the trick is to keep the ‘Meep Moving’ message in mind.

Write the word ‘MOVE’ on post-it notes and put them in places you’ll notice them when you’re sitting still.

Then, take every opportunity to move – here are some ideas for burning calories:

Tap your feet
Swing your legs
Drum your fingers
Stand up and stretch
Move your head from side to side
Change position
Wriggle and fidget
Pace up and down
Don’t use the internal phone – go in person
Use the upstairs loo
Park in the furthest corner of the car park
Stand up when you’re on the phone
Clench and release your muscles

Eating times

As a guide, it’s best not to eat within 4 hours of bed time. Clearly, this isn’t always possible; late nights at the office, meals out with the family, etc, are generally going to cause us to eat on the wrong side of this deadline. It’s important however, to make sure those occasions are the ‘exception’, rather than the ‘rule’.

For example, carbohydrates we eat late into the evening are unlikely to be burned off and so will be converted into fat and stored by our bodies.

So, for those occasions where eating later is unavoidable, low fat, low carb meals such as prawn, turkey or chicken in a salad, stir fry or soup.

Definite late-night no-no’s would be pizza, kebabs, pies, burgers, take-aways, pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, cakes, biscuits, milk chocolate … you get the picture!

Client Stories

"I feel Fantastic" (M Nicol, Chorley)

30th May, 2012

"3 weeks since my session and I have already lost a stone in weight. My addiction to chocolate and all things sweet seems to have vanished which has delighted me more than my weight loss. I am now capable of leaving food on my plate when I am full and I don't constantly think of my next meal. I am truly pleased with the results of my hypnosis . I would certainly recomment Tony and wish I had been to see him sooner."

"weight loss" (C Harrison, Leyland)

31st May, 2012

"I had hypnosis to lose weight, tried everything else with no success, I have a thyroid problem from the first hypnosis session I have found that I am starting to lose weight steadily ,and so very easily without any effort at all, would recommend Tony Schofield to anybody."

"Thank God for Tony" (Jenny Ashworth, Burnley)

8th Jun, 2012

"After years of dieting and going to slimming world and wight watchers I always managed to let the weight creep back on after I had stopped going so I wanted something that would help me lose weight once and for all and keep it off!! I noticed an article in the local newspaper about weight loss hypnosis and thought I would give it a go. The hypnosis session itself was very relaxing and I remember everything about it - it wasn't scary at all!! It's now 4 weeks since that session and I am half a stone lighter :-) I have not eaten any chocolate or cakes since and that is because I simply just don't want them (before the hypnois I would eat chocolate for breakfast, dinner and tea) I don't feel like I have been on a diet but the weight is still coming off. Thank you Tony for helping me change my eating habits for good !!! :-)"


To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed an exam.

To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the loving couple that is waiting to meet.

To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realise the value of ONE HUNDREDTH OF A SECOND, ask the athlete who just won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Make good use of your time.