Recently the World famous TV celebrity Dr Oz has been discussing how food sensitivities may be the cause behind weight gain and other problems.
Common food sensitivities
Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas was the guest on the Dr Oz Show and she explained that the following foods were the biggest cause of food sensitivities and allergies:
Problems associated with food sensitivities
There are various problems associated with food sensitivities including:
- Weight gain
- Joint pain
- Excessive gas
- Acid reflux
- Food cravings
There are also emotional problems too including:
- Mood swings
How do food sensitivities cause weight gain?
Usually your hypothalamus a part of your brain that controls hunger will receive a signal from your stomach that food is being eaten and will therefore reduce your feelings of hunger.
However, when you suffer from a food sensitivity this signal is disrupted by the allergic reaction and subsequent inflammation.
If you tend to eat many of your problem foods then this signal will permanently be disrupted, which will inevitably lead to weight gain.
How to find out which foods you are sensitive too?
There are a few ways that you can test to see which foods you are sensitive to:
1. Get a blood test.
A blood test for IgG food allergens can help to identify food sensitivities.
There are some limitations to this sort of test and the results will need to be interpreted by someone trained in dealing with food sensitivities for the best results.
2. Avoid gluten or dairy for 6 weeks.
As these are 2 of the most common food sensitivities avoiding them for 6 weeks or so can kick start your weight loss efforts.
3. The elimination diet.
The elimination diet works by removing those foods that are common for causing food sensitivities. Instead you are allowed to eat those at a low risk (turkey, lamb, lentils, fruit and vegetables).
After around 6 weeks the problem foods are slowly reintroduced and any adverse affects noted (for example weight gain).
This should be helpful in finding out what foods you have a problem with and what should be eaten in moderation or avoided totally in the future.
How to lose weight if you have a food sensitivity?
By finding out what foods are causing your food sensitivity you can take the necessary steps to remove them from your diet.
There are plenty of different foods that you can eat, even if a whole food group causes you a problem you cannot let it affect your weight and health.
Do you have a food sensitivity? How have you managed to lose weight?