By Dr. Garry D’brant
Original post on www.drdbrant.com
Have you been trying to lose weight without much success? Putting your faith in an unceasing line of “miracle” diets to only find that you can lose a little weight or not and what weight you do lose comes back with five or ten more pounds as soon as you stop doing the diet. The answer may not be in the calories you are eating or the combination of foods that you are consuming. The answer may lie in the hidden and often insidious effect that food intolerance or food sensitivities has on your body and its ability to stay lean and at its optimum weight.
What is Food Intolerance?
Food intolerance covers several areas which are not the same as having a food allergy. These areas still cause a variety of symptoms and will make it difficult if not impossible to lose weight. These areas are: true food intolerance, food sensitivities and food responses.
True Food Intolerance:
There are some people whose bodies have trouble tolerating certain foods. These foods include gluten, lactose, MSG and soy. The food intolerant person is lacking an enzyme or a specific chemical necessary to digest the food. There really isn’t anything to do about this except eliminate the food from your diet because this stems from a genetic problem.
Having a food sensitivity is related to having a food allergy but not as severe. They both imply an immune reaction involving the body mobilizing different types of antibodies. In food allergies the body mobilizes the antibody IgE in an aggressive and fast reacting response whereas in the less dramatic food sensitivity the body mobilizes IgG. These IgG antibodies will absolutely produce symptoms but will do so over a longer period of time (several hours to a few days) than food allergies which produce reactions within a short period of time (hours after ingestion).
With food sensitivities the response is chronic meaning that you may eat this food over and over again creating a low level problem that never reduces or resolves, especially if you eat foods that you are intolerant to every day Some of these foods may include things like eggs, whole-wheat bread, yogurt or sugary or simple carbohydrate breakfast cereals. Your system becomes overwhelmed, never has a chance to calm down and thereby produces inflammation and inflamed people very rarely succeed at losing weight.
Some of the things you might want to look at to see if you are suffering from food sensitivities include: digestive problems, mood shifts, sleep disturbances, skin problems, weight gain, muscle and joint pain, dark and puffy circles under the eyes, chronic sinus problems and energy fluctuations. If these types of symptoms are fairly common then you are like a lot of other Americans who suffer from food intolerance. Different authorities quote different rates of food intolerance in the population. From my own work in helping people achieve sustainable, healthy weight loss I estimate the percentage to between 70 and 80 percent of the population suffers from some level of food intolerance.
The major culprits in food intolerance include gluten, soy, corn, dairy, eggs, peanuts, sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods. Be aware that this list may not include every food to which you may be sensitive. There can be others foods which will trigger a food sensitivity reaction. It is important to check with your wholistic physician to determine which other foods may affect you.
Another important area to consider are foods that cause your blood sugar to raise up suddenly and then drop just as quickly and therefore cause your insulin response to destabilize. Avoiding this insulin disregulation is vitally important to the process of lessening inflammation and supporting weight loss. The foods that are most significant in dramatically raising your blood sugar and destabilizing your insulin response are sugar and simple carbohydrates. All sugary foods whether candy or fruit juice fall into this category as does baked goods, dried fruit and even too much fresh fruit.
Eliminating the foods that I mentioned is a good starting point in cleaning up your diet, making it much less pro inflammatory, less blood sugar and insulin destabilizing and thereby making your body more conducive to achieving its optimum healthy weight.
In another post, Dr. Garry D’Brant discusses how to implement the changes necessary to reverse the years of food sensitivity eating and realize the body and health that you thought were beyond your reach.