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Multiple Food Sensitivities and Weight Gain

By Theresa Harding         This post contains affiliate links.

One of the many challenges to my weight loss efforts was trying to figure out why I was always feeling bloated.  It seemed like, the more careful I was at selecting my snacks, the more I was feeling bloated after snacking on my favorite treat.

I always noticed that I would feel bloated after eating my favorite blue corn tortilla chips, and this caused me to increase weight in return for my indulgence.  This was my favorite snack.  I figured it’s only a snack, so why would I feel bloated only after eating a simple snack?

I did consider at one time, to see my doctor for food sensitivity testing, but I never did.  I started taking digestive enzymes to help alleviate the bloating.  I did get some relief, but I continued to eat the corn tortilla chips because I craved them all the time.

Well, after doing more research, I learned that I am now sensitive to this snack food.  So, I no longer eat blue corn tortilla chips for a snack.  I’m also happy to say that my midsection does not inflate anymore, lol!

Whether it’s low fat, low carb, low GI – most of us have tried, and failed, to lose weight at some point. Some of the weight gain problems could be much more deep-rooted – a multiple food sensitivity. According to medical estimates, food sensitivities affect 75% of the population, having a profound impact on their health and weight.

How it Affects the Gut Lining

Multiple food sensitivities can damage the gut lining. Damage to the gut can lead to a leaky gut, allowing food particles to be exposed to the gut’s immune system. This then triggers a system-wide immune response, leading to inflammation all over the body and producing obesity by increasing insulin resistance.

Inflammation from any cause — infections, food sensitivity, or a high-sugar, bad-fat diet — will produce insulin resistance, leading to higher insulin levels, and an increase in weight.  Since insulin is the hormone that signals your body to store more fat — mostly around the belly.

Symptoms of Food Sensitivities 

Food sensitivities, also referred to as food allergies or food reactions can result in digestive disturbances such as gas, belching or bloating after meals. But they can also cause symptoms not related to the digestive system including headaches (including a migraine), joint pain, arthritis, hyperactivity, skin rashes, asthma, dry cough, wheezing, diarrhea, kidney damage, and elevated liver enzymes.

Food sensitivities can make you feel lethargic, sleepy, or low in energy, especially after eating. They can also be responsible for mood swings and cravings.  No one ever thinks about getting a food sensitivity testing done, to find out the underlying cause of their weight gain.

Food Cravings

I always craved the blue corn tortilla chips all the time, even though I would feel bloated while eating them.  They were my guilty pleasure.  Unfortunately, the foods that most people crave are also the foods that they are likely to be sensitive to.

Some people feel that they are addicted to their problem foods, but it is not the food itself, but the endorphins—the body’s opium-like painkillers which are triggered by the problem foods—that they are addicted to.  Because of the cravings associated with food sensitivities, there is a tendency to overeat and increase weight, which is likely to be a problem.

For underweight individual’s, food sensitivities may have the opposite effect, making it difficult for them to gain weight. Both overweight and underweight individuals often find it easier to reach and maintain their ideal weight.  This is because their food sensitivities are properly addressed through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

You can find out now, what foods to avoid by simply seeing your doctor for food sensitivity testing.  This might be the solution to your weight gain.

Common Food Intolerances and Food Sensitivities

These are the top foods to which people are sensitive. Some of the common food sensitivities are;

  • GMO, genetically modified Organism, foods.
  • Gluten (in wheat, rye, barley, and some oats).
  • Dairy
  • Corn
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts).
  • Nightshades are a family of vegetables that include potatoes (except sweet potatoes and yams), tomatoes, peppers (green, red, yellow, orange, jalapeno, chili, and pimentos), eggplant, tobacco, spices (from peppers like cayenne, chili, red pepper, curry mixes, paprika)
  • Citrus
  • Yeast (baker’s, brewer’s yeast, and fermented products like vinegar)

Common Reasons for Food Sensitivities and Food Intolerances

There are also common reasons why most people suffer from multiple food sensitivities. The reasons are related to too much of one food, Leaky gut syndrome, Deficiency of Probiotics, over-worked immune system, and Genetics.

If you are overweight and can’t seem to lose that last ten pounds, multiple food sensitivities are likely part of the problem. They are the cause of inflammation, which is the underlying cause of weight gain. You can lose a significant amount of weight just by eliminating foods from your diet which you are sensitive.

It is also recommended to short-term, eliminate dairy and gluten because, both dairy (milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt) and gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye, some oats, spelled, triticale, and kamut) are linked to insulin resistance and, therefore, weight gain. Temporarily cutting them out of the diet, allows the inflamed gut to heal. This one move may be the single most important thing you can do to lose weight.

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The Correlation Between Weight Loss and Green Tea

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By Theresa Harding          This post contains affiliate links.

Maintaining the proper weight is key to a healthy body. Why? Obesity and overweight have been linked to the development of life-threatening diseases. Such diseases include Diabetes, High blood pressure, Kidney disease, and heart diseases just to name a few.

That said, it is imperative to maintain proper weight. And in order to do this, some have ventured into weight loss programs. Weight loss may be easier for some than it is for others.

Yet, weight loss requires more than just exercise. It calls for the right diet that will compliment your weight loss program. Admittedly, the right diet and proper exercise will make your weight loss journey more effective.

Speaking of diet, Green Tea is one addition that many swear by. What is more, various studies have shown its effectiveness in aiding weight loss. Yet, this begs the question, how exactly does it do this? Let us take a look at how and why weight loss and green tea go hand in hand.

How Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight 

Green Tea is known to increase your metabolism. In a small study, green tea appeared to raise metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation during a small study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Metabolic rate can be described as the rate at which calories are burned by our bodies. So, the faster the rate, the more calories burnt.  Simply put, the faster your metabolism, the better.

Various studies have revealed that green tea leaves have the ability to boost metabolism. According to Abdul G. Dulloo, a researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Green tea contains thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis is the process in which the body burns calories.

Green tea leaves also contain a substance known as EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). This is a form of antioxidants that play a role in increasing metabolism. The drink also contains some amounts of Caffeine. According to the British Journal of Nutrition, the combination of both caffeine and EGCG increases metabolism.

 

Green Tea Leaves Increases Fat Burning Process

Yes, the best green tea does aid in the fat burning process. As previously mentioned, green tea increases thermogenesis. Thermogenesis being the increase in calorie or fat burning process.

But, what aids this process? Studies have revealed that it is because of the polyphenols contained in the green tea.  Polyphenols are also referred to as catechins. The highest catechin is the EGCG; however, it contains other catechins such as Epicatechin and  Epigallocatechin just to name a few.

These catechins inhibit the enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase, also known as COMT. The COMT enzyme breaks down Norepinephrine, a hormone that increases the fat burning process.

However, COMT lacks the ability to interfere with the effectiveness of Norepinephrine in the presence of catechins.

Green Tea and Exercise

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We’ve already seen that green tea has a tremendous effect on the fat burning process. Yet, the good news does not end there. Studies have revealed a correlation between the best green tea (organic is the best choice) and exercise. Especially when it comes to the effectiveness of the exercise.

According to a certain study, men that used green tea extract, and still exercised lost a lot of fat. The study states that the men lost at least 17% more fat, as compared to the men that were not taking the supplements. Note, that even though they did not take any supplements, they still exercised and lost some weight. The supplements only made exercise more effective.

As always,  if you want to see results in weight loss, you must remember, consistency is key.  You must be consistent in whatever remedy you choose for your self.  Just remember to always seek your health care professional before trying anything new in your diet.

Have you tried Green Tea Extract or Green Tea Leaves, and gotten results in your weight loss journey?

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The Connection Between Weight Loss and Multiple Food Sensitivities

%Health and Wellness Tips%Terry TalksBy Theresa Harding          This post contains affiliate links.

My Experience

I never knew that something as simple as knowing that my “go-to” foods were causing me the extra weight gain over the past 3 years.  I was doing every healthy thing I knew to do.  All accept researching the possible reasons for my weight gain. 

After doing some extra “digging”, I found some other possible reasons for my weight gain that I had not considered before, and I was able to prove that food sensitivities were the problem.  I did experience inflammation with some body aches in my knees as well and had a hard time eliminating the pain. 

So I started taking an Omega 3 supplement for inflammation.  The pain lessened but did not completely go away until I discovered I had issues with some food sensitivities.

Food Sensitivities

Food allergies in children are rather intense and easy to detect. The case is different in adults because the presentation of food sensitivity symptoms comes in the form of mild allergies and sensitivities. Your body begins to reject such foods as corn, wheat, eggs or even milk.

In fact, it has been proven that once you cut the potentially problematic foods, you will deal with other challenges like low mood and headaches.

In your attempt to cut weight, you probably have tried low GI, low carb, low fats, etc. and failed. According to experts, the problem lies in food sensitivity.   Sensitivities have been proven to contribute to weight gain, even added calories in your food, and failure to exercise.

The challenge with identifying food sensitivity symptoms is because one ends up with a headache or fatigue that is not associated with diet. It takes a specialist to pinpoint the problem.

 

Hidden Dangers of Food Sensitivity

The fact that many people are exposed to foods they are allergic to, may escape their attention because the reaction is mild.  Some consume the food over breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc.  Over the years, vague food sensitivity symptoms of fatigue, constipation, unexplained weight gain and bloating continue undetected.  

The problem escalates by taking a toll on your immune system. With an overworked system, the problem spills over to such conditions as arthritis, irritable bowel, and weight gain, among others.

 

Allergies and Weight Gain

As it has been noted, with multiple food sensitivities, most people are allergic to the prohibited foods. These foods are known to give you a ‘feel good’ effect. However, this effect does not last long, leading to an insatiable craving.  

When serotonin is released, you become an eater who must eat for comfort.  With allergic reactions that lead to inflammation, cytokines lead to a reduction in serotonin which ends up complicating weight gain and loss of balance.

Inflammation

The anti-inflammation hormone called cortisol is also responsible for the uncontrolled weight loss. It is produced by the body to control inflammation. Unfortunately, it works by raising your blood sugar levels.

With inflammation caused by allergies, your blood sugar goes up, leading to excess production of insulin.  Eventually, diabetes spikes out of control. Cortisol is also blamed for causing accumulation of fat around your midsection. You end up with an apple-shaped body.

Allergic Reactions

It has been proven that allergic reactions to foods cause nutrient deficiencies because of the inflamed guts alongside an immune system that is overworked. Beneficial bacteria may also be lacking in the gut, leading to nutritional complications.

To fight the allergy, your body may result in using a lot of nutrients. Sometimes those nutrients are not available to your body and therefore it does not operate efficiently.

 

Solution to Weight Gain Caused by Multiple Food Sensitivities

The solution is to use the elimination of food method, to capture the delayed food allergies and multiple food sensitivities. This helps you identify the foods that have been affecting your body. Once you have eliminated the problematic foods, you can expect quick weight loss that may be visible within seven days.

You may need a specialist’s guidance to be certain that the identified foods are responsible for the unending weight gain problem.  For me, I learned that by eliminating grains from my diet during a Diet Detox, I could actually pinpoint the foods I no longer needed in my diet. 

I’d noticed that when I added those “bad” foods back into my diet, the weight gain returned.  Those foods were causing me the weight gain and inflammation!  This was a lesson learned.

If you want to lose weight and you find yourself in a cycle of gaining weight or bloating throughout the day, start paying close attention to what you’re eating throughout the day. 

You might find that upon waking, you feel good and your mid-section will appear flat.  Then, as you start eating your first meal of the day, you might notice the bloating start to take effect.  This is when you should consider what you ate for your last meal. 

If you really hone in what you eat throughout the day, you will find that certain foods are causing you the weight gain.  These same foods are probably the foods your body is sensitive to and you should take a break from these such foods. 

I would say eliminate certain foods for about 2 weeks then introduce them back into your diet and see how you feel again, after eating them.  This is what I had to do when I discovered that my favorite snack-blue chips were causing me bloating.  I had to change my favorite snack.

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