It's been three months and you've barely lost two pounds.
You don't understand why because you are exercising and eating what you think is a healthy diet of dairy, meat, whole grains, vegetables, fruits – and the occasional restaurant meal.
Yet, day after day, week after week, you are unable to drop even half of a pound.
What is going on?
It's true – certain foods can actually prevent you from losing weight and instead, act to keep weight on, causing you to gain more.
It All Starts in the Gut
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, family physician and #1 New York Times bestseller, foods you are allergic to, or have an intolerance to, cause inflammation in your gut. This leads to inflammation all over the body, which can increase insulin resistance.
Dr. Mark Hyman says,
"We already know that inflammation from any cause—bacteria,
allergy foods, a high-sugar, high-fat diet—will produce
insulin resistance, leading to higher insulin levels. And since
insulin is a fat storage hormone, you store more fat—mostly
around the belly."
So, what types of food allergies or food intolerances are causing you to keep the weight on?
Dairy and Weight Gain
According to some doctors, up to 60% of the population may have a hidden sensitivity to dairy. Many people are unaware of their lactose intolerance simply because it doesn't show the sudden onset symptoms a typical food allergy presents.
Food-related allergic reactions can cause:
- Difficulty breathing
- Life-threatening symptoms like anaphylactic reaction
On the other hand, food intolerance symptoms are not life-threatening and aren't sudden. In fact, you may not have symptoms for hours or days afterwards.
Foods with dairy can cause weight gain by causing unhealthy bacteria to grow in your gut, releasing toxins and causing systemic inflammation.
Your intestines become so inflamed that they prevent normal digestion, causing weight gain, as well as other conditions such as irritable bowel.
People may gain up to 30 lbs. and may not realize if they cut dairy out of their diet, all the weight will disappear.
To cut out dairy completely, you need to eliminate not only the main sources of dairy such as milk, cheese and yogurt, but also foods with hidden dairy in them.
Some hidden sources of dairy include:
- Deli Meats and Fish: processed meats often contain dairy products like lactose, casein, and caseinates. These act as emulsifiers and enhance the flavor of the meat. Make sure to buy "kosher" products, which are dairy-free.
- Bread: White and whole-wheat bread often contain casein, whey or powdered milk. Read the ingredients before you purchase your breads.
- Energy Bars: Many meal replacement bars and energy bars contain whey protein, so don't rely on them to lose weight if you are lactose intolerant.
You decide to lose weight, so what do you do? You switch from white bread to whole grains, stop eating processed foods and load up on your veggies.
Gone are the pop tarts and dinner rolls. Instead, you reach for steel-cut oats for breakfast and an artisan grain roll with your baked salmon for dinner.
It's been drilled into your head – whole grain food slows the digestion, leaving you fuller and helping you lose the weight. But, this is farthest from the truth.
According to Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, wheat is responsible for:
- Appetite stimulation
- A rise in blood pressure
- Celiac disease
- Heart Disease
- The release of endorphin-like chemicals that cause the brain to become "addicted" to bread, pasta, crackers and any other wheat filled product.
The wheat we eat today contributes to weight gain by spiking our blood sugar. The sugar in your body moves into your cells for energy or gets stored as fat if the pancreas responds by releasing insulin.
So, if you are struggling to lose the weight, why not opt to eliminate wheat from your diet?
Allergy Medication and Weight Gain
Struggling to lose weight and beat seasonal allergies?
Those allergy medications could be doing more than keeping your sneezing at bay.
Research has suggested that allergy medications and weight gain are closely tied together.
A study from Yale University found that people who took antihistamines for their seasonal allergies were heavier than those that didn't take medication at all.
Another study suggests that antihistamines can act as an appetite stimulator in animals. So, if you take a lot of antihistamines for your hay fever, this might cause you to eat more.
Other ways your allergy medications may contribute to your weight gain include:
- Taking an antihistamine often dries out your mouth. Some people may confuse being thirsty with being hungry.
- Some allergy medications have a sedative effect, causing you to sleep or lounge around the house. This makes it harder to exercise.
If you suspect your weight gain could be a result of taking allergy medication, opt for some natural ways to beat seasonal allergies.
Don't Live Like This One More Day
Losing weight is tough for a lot of people. With temptation everywhere and the will to change the way you eat, throwing a food allergy or food intolerance into the mix makes it that much harder.
Sure, you can avoid problem foods that trigger your allergies, but do you want to live like this every day?
If you have to read every food label, decline party invitations because the hostess is serving a trigger food or watch everyone around you eat the foods you can't, your quality of life will suffer.
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