"The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan" Book Review

“The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan” Review and Giveaway!

Most of the gluten-free books that I review are targeted at people who have a gluten intolerance. This gluten-free weight loss book can definitely help those individuals. However, if you are seeking to lose weight while on a gluten-free diet, this book is for you whether you have a gluten intolerance or not. Many of the gluten-free foods we gluten-free dieters eat contain high amounts of starch (carbs), resulting in weight gain. In addition, if you’re not gluten intolerant, a gluten-free diet is known to help a variety of symptoms due to a variety of conditions. This gluten-free weight loss book is filled with many useful guides, logs, eating plans, lists and exercises that can help you on your road to a healthy, fit body.


Allison Westfahl

The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan Book Review

The book is written by Allison Westfahl, who asked me to review her book. Allison is a nationally renowned trainer, exercise physioligist, endurance sports coach, fitness model and author. She attended Yale University, where she sang for President Clinton’s White House Holiday Party and ran her first marathon. In 2002, Allison became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and founded “The Athletic Edge”, a training and fitness consulting company. She now resides in Boulder, Colorado.

When her publicist sent me her book, it sat for almost 2 months, while I contemplated whether or not I wanted to review a book which I thought was written by someone who did not have a gluten intolerance, themselves. Well, I had to at least look at it, right? Well, once I did, the first thing I noticed was that her lists of gluten-free manufacturers were the top leading brands, many of which make certified gluten-free products. She got that right, I thought.

Then I read the chapter on “No Gluten Allergy Required-This Book is For Everyone!” She explained why once we lose weight and then eat one cookie, we gain back 3 lbs. “How could that be?” we ask ourselves. Finally, an answer to my long unanswered question! Her fat loss plan is permanent, not temporary. I like it! And in the same chapter I learned that she has an aunt that is diagnosed with celiac disease. This made me feel much better. I thought, “Okay, then she has some really good guidance, here.” I discovered that because Allison had some of the symptoms of celiac disease herself, she committed to the gluten-free diet for 6 months. Her endometriosis disappeared; she lost 15 pounds; had more energy, which was very important to her fitness regimen; and her gas and bloating were gone (which alone can shrink a waistline!) She’s now been on the diet for over 6 years.

The book is in 2 parts: educational and the actual gluten-free weight loss plan. The gluten-free weight loss plan is divided into 3 parts: over 10 lbs. to lose, under 10 lbs. to lose, and a section for maintaining your weight. The meal plans are set up separately for those who like to cook and for those who do not. The snacks never require more than 5 minutes to assemble. How ideal is that?

The exercise section teaches you how to make your body tight and fit without any equipment. It can all be done in the comfort of your home.

She includes 30 of her favorite gluten-free recipes, many of which her mother created. You can keep track of your diet in the nutritional log she provides. As always, the bottom line is calories, but she concentrates on nutrition, as well. I love it! Not all recipes are soy-free and corn-free, though many provide soy-free options, and most are corn-free, though a few call for corn tortillas or polenta. You’ll see words such as GMO free variety, grass fed beef or buffalo (bison), etc. I love it!

Allison also includes a list of restaurant chains that carry a gluten-free menu and many of other gluten and celiac resources which you may find very helpful. She also includes testimonials with photos, documenting proof that her gluten-free weight loss plan works. Her parents began the gluten-free diet last year and have each lost about 30 lbs.

I’m actually thinking about giving her plan a try, myself! I recently lost 10 lbs., but I sure could use a boost for getting over the hurdle of my next 10 pounds! More importantly, I need some incentive to get my sagging body, fit!

You can find The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan on Amazon (see below). Or you can enter a chance to win 1 of 2 copies below.



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Two lucky winners will receive the following:

  • 1 copy of The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan.

Suggested Retail Value of approximately $19.99.

How to Enter and Ways of Entering Additional Times

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What you should know

  • Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on October 3, 2011.
  • The winner will have until 11:59pm PST on October 6, 2011 to reply to the winner’s notification email to supply us with their U.S. shipping address and phone number.  If they do not respond within that time period, a new winner will be chosen.  Therefore, use an email address you check often or check back to this site on October 4, 2011 to view the winner announcement.  The winner’s shipping address, phone number and email address will be kept confidential between us and Allison Westfahl.
  • The name of the winner will be announced on this page, right below this line, on October 4, 2011.

Disclaimer: Allison Westfahl provided us with a review copy of her book to review, and we were under no obligation to review it, if we so chose. Nor were we under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free copy.

Check out all of our current gluten-free giveaways.

And the winner is…


Congratulations, Betty!

Betty has until 11:59pm PST on October 6, 2011 to reply to the winner’s notification email to supply us with their U.S. shipping address and phone number. If she does not reply within that time frame a new winner will be chosen.

Winners are chosen using random.org:


  1. kathryn

    Would love to get on the right track managing all these new carbs in my diet!

  2. Elizabeth

    I have Celiac Disease and have to eat Gluten Free. I have been struggling with losing weight, in fact I have gained some. I would love to see the recipes and all of the tips on weight loss in her book!

  3. Sandy Rodriguez

    I need a new diet plan,The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan, so wish I could read this one and for free. I already “like” your facebook page and really “like “it.

  4. Cheryl

    I have more than 10 lbs to loose and although I been gluten free for 4 months , I would like the guidance needed to eat well, but loose the weight. Thanks.

  5. Karen McMahan

    The Gluten-Free Weight Loss Plan may be just what I need to lose weight! I was told by my allergist to go gluten-free but I may have picked up some extra weight by eating substitute foods. I couldn’t figure out why I was gaining since I have not been eating any wheat products. I want to find out how to be gluten free without gaining weight!

  6. Heather

    this book sounds great … would love to know how to maintain and not keep gaining with the gluten free diet !

  7. Deb

    I’ve been struggling with my weight for the last 20 years; along with fibromyalgia, endometriosis, hypothyroidism, and a host of miscellaneous issues. Blood tests for celiac came back negative, but every time I remove gluten from my diet I lose some weight. But I can’t seem to sustain the diet. Finally, a book that combines gluten-free eating with dieting and fitness. Look forward to reading the book.

  8. cindy

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have gained 20 lbs. since I have healed from my initial diagnosis of celiac. I’ve lost 8 so far – but it’s SO hard.

  9. Marissa GF

    This looks like a GREAT book! I would absolutely LOVE to hear her perspective! It “sounds” right in line with my thinking on weight and gluten-free. oooo I hope I win! :)

  10. Shari W.

    I would like to be entered into the drawing for this book because I am gluten intolerant and have about 20 pounds to lose. It would be nice to have a gluten free weight loss plan.

  11. Valerie Ferrara-Ryan

    Liked The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan on Facebook – I am so interested in this – I have voluntarily put myself on a gluten free diet because for years I have noticed problems around certain foods – mostly containing gluten – and would very much like to loose 40 pounds – I had gastric bypass in 2001 and lost 100 pounds and gained back about 70 – last year I lost about 30 pounds and I am stuck again – I have started to feel better but I am concerned about all those carbs – I get very upset when I watch chefs on the foodnetwork saying oh have wheat pasta – it’s so healthful – well not for everybody! Thanks for considering me!! Valerie

  12. Lisa Loyd

    This book would help me so much! I was not diagnosed with Celiac until I was 42 and well over 270lbs… Now, two years have passed, family members tell me I eat less than a bird and I’ve gained another 40lbs-I’m so ashamed of myself that I’ve thought about going back to a gluten filled diet so that I could use the weight-loss products that are out there to try to loose weight! I haven’t yet because I’m scared of the pain and damage I could do to myself if I did.. A diet based on a GF lifestyle would be a Godsend to myself and to others like me. Thank you.

  13. Valerie Ferrara-Ryan

    I already liked Gluten Free Carla so I guess that doesn’t count but I did just share this page on facebook.

  14. Betty

    I would love to win The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan book, because I have been trying to lose weight my entire life.

  15. Debbie

    I have tried hcg diet and lost weight but discovered I feel much better without breads. Have been curious about the gluten free side and would love to win this book.

  16. Adele L

    I would love this book, I am always looking for a safe way
    to lose weight while maintaining my gf way of life due to celiac.

  17. Cat

    I would LOVE to win this book! After having 3 kids in 3 years I still have some pounds to shed before I hit my ideal weight. But most traditional diets require eating lots of ‘low fat’ wheat based foods which I can’t substitute for without adding tons of calories! Sounds like an amazing book.

  18. Kathy Perman

    This book will answer all of my concerns..have gained weight more so since being gluten free, so really could use the guidance that goes along with the food plan.

  19. Sierra Nunley-Gross

    I would love to win The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan book, because I have been trying to lose weight my entire life. I’ve been teased and bullied, because I’ve been a little larger than all the other kids my age. I started the Gluten Free diet May 2010, and you can definitely see a change. I’m constantly looking up fun things to bake and cook, I love food.

    • Sierra Nunley-Gross

      – I’ve been a fan of Gluten Free Carla for about a year or more now.
      – I’ve shared this on both my Twitter (@SierraGross) and my facebook page @Sierra Nunley-Gross.

  20. Sandy Rodriguez

    I would love to win The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan book .I am looking to lose weight and a lot of it.

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