3 gluten-free pasta choices (how to use to max out fat loss)

Most of the time, pasta is a disaster for your body, not only because of excessively high carbohydrate content (that's only useful if you're an extremely active athlete), but also because most pasta is loaded with gluten, which as we've established in previous newsletters, may cause chronic inflammation and digestive issues even for people that are not officially celiac or "gluten sensitive". 

The jury is still out on long term health consequences of eating too much gluten, but many researchers believe that excessive gluten over time can cause possible digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, and a huge list of other possible health problems that are starting to be linked to gluten.  Personally, I don't get crazy trying to completely eliminate gluten (since I don't seem to have immediate problems digesting it), but I've made the effort to dramatically reduce my gluten intake, usually only on 1 cheat day per week or only when traveling.

With that said, there still are some delicious pasta options available to you that are gluten-free, and you can take your choice of low-carb, medium carb, or high carb, depending on whether you're doing a carb cycling fat loss program like Shaun Hadsall's.

I'll let Shaun take it away here and show you his favorite 3 pasta choices that are gluten-free and can be used for different purposes...

3 Healthier Pasta Choices that Can Support Your Fat Burning Metabolism
By: Shaun Hadsall – CPT and Creator of 4 Cycle Fat-Loss

Gluten-Free Pasta #1Shirataki Spaghetti (low carb)

I had this particular pasta last night because I’m going low carb this week as this is a light exercise week for me.

It only has 4 grams of carbs per serving, it’s gluten-free and vegan…and it tastes like real spaghetti, but with a lighter flavor.  It's made from mostly soluble fiber and water, so very low in calories and carbs.

My wife cooked it up and than added some free range chicken breasts, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, broccoli, bamboo shoots, ginger, red pepper flakes…and then added some gluten-free low sodium soy sauce.


*Use this on your carb down or deplete days when you follow my carb cycling program.

Gluten-Free Pasta #2Gluten-Free Organic Black Bean Spaghetti (medium carb)

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was. My wife threw some homemade red sauce on it and cooked up a grass fed burger with some Swiss chard, garlic, and mushrooms on the side.

Man she can cook. :)

This has 16 grams of healthy low glycemic carbs and 20 grams of protein. It also only contains one ingredient. Well two really; black beans and water.

*Use this on your baseline days when you carb cycle.

Gluten-Free Pasta #3Gluten Free-Organic Brown Rice Pasta (higher carb)

This pasta is still considered a starch, but if you’re a pasta freak give this a try a few hours before or after a workout with a piece of wild caught fish or a turkey burger.

Keep in mind that this pasta is equally as high in carbs and calories as regular pasta, so it's only good use is strategically before or after workouts to be utilized in replenishing muscle glycogen.  This is the one to be most careful with and use only at the right times that your body won't deposit it as fat.

*Use this on your Carb Up days when you carb cycle.

So there you have it.

Three healthy pastas that can help you stimulate your fat-burning metabolism when used at the right times.

Just make sure to…

a.    Always combine these pastas with a complete protein source (you can get away with eating the black bean spaghetti by itself, but I still recommend adding a little more complete animal protein).

b.    Time your intake of these pastas properly.

c.    Don’t use them everyday.

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Good luck!

-Shaun Hadsall, CPT and creator of 4-Cycle Fat Loss