It is Friday yet again and along with it being the end of the week for many of us, Friday brings with it another Fitness Friday article where the goal each week is to improve daily in mind, body, and spirit. As of late I have noticed that everything now is "gluten free". Gluten free crackers, gluten free cookies (which are horrible by the way), gluten free seasoning,etc. Gluten free has become the new fat free where manufacturers try and make money off the newest health craze. Let's start by defining what gluten is. According to wiki, gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and other grains. So basically that chewy texture you taste in breads are a result of gluten. So why is gluten bad? Well the diet started because there are some people who are allergic to gluten and as a result causes inflammation in the small intestine (celiac disease). As you see the diet was not a diet for losing weight but helping people with food allergies. So going gluten free to lose weight when you are not allergic to gluten may be a waste of your time. Whether it be fat free, gluten free, or sugar free the best way to lose weight and/or live a healthier lifestyle is to keep it simple and fill your plate with more produce and lean meats and stay away from the food on the shelves (ie processed foods). Do not be a victim of the latest craze no matter what some person at the barber, salon, or gym tell you. Do the research for yourself and dig deep into what anyone tell you and if it sounds to good to be true then it probably is. The idea that you can continue to eat junk food such as pizza, cookies, ice cream, cake, etc as long as it is gluten/fat/sugar free is only going to set you up for a disappointing fall.