It’s more common than you think…Is a food allergy or sensitivity causing your weight gain?…It was in my case!
Many people today, both children and adults, are living with hidden or undiagnosed food allergies. The reality is that modern science is really just beginning to understand the complex relationships of all the systems of the body and how what we eat can have an impact on inflammation, weight gain, and overall health.
One of the issues that is not effectively addressed by many doctors seeing patients is the role of food allergies and sensitivities and the resulting inflammation and weight gain.
Food allergies may not cause a severe reaction, so that they can go largely undetected. Eating any type of food that your body is sensitive too will set up a reaction in the body. This reaction results in inflammation within the body. The inflammation then results in triggering the adrenal glands, which increases the levels of insulin. This high insulin level boosts the activity of the enzymes that are responsible for storing fat in the body.
At the same time, the presence of these two enzymes in the body also prohibits the body from burning existing fat stored in the cells. The body keeps adding fat to the existing cells, which can result in cell ruptures. At the same time, these cells rupture or leak, so the body sends in specialized immune cells to heal and remove the material. These special cells also release inflammatory chemicals, further leading to the cycle continuing.
Eating an Anti-inflammatory Diet
Cutting out foods that cause the inflammatory response due the allergic response and sensitivity in the body is important. Eating out at restaurants is particularly problematic for this reason. Some of the foods that are the worst culprits include:
- Vegetable oil
- Fried foods
- Refined flour such as white bread and pizza crust
- Artificial sweeteners
- Artificial additives like food coloring and other additives found in processed foods
- Saturated fats
- Grain-fed meats
- Processed meats such as hot dogs, bologna, bacon, sausage, and jerky
- Gluten from store-bought bread
- A second round of alcohol (one drink a day doesn’t set off the inflammatory reaction…it’s the second drink that sets it off)
- Trans-fat foods such as margarine, non-dairy creamers, baked goods, frozen pizza, and frosting
- Fast food
In addition to avoiding foods that are linked to food allergies, it is important to add foods into your diet to fight inflammation. Some of the best foods for fighting inflammation and weight gain include:
- Natural spices (turmeric, cinnamon, cilantro, basil, garlic, cloves)
- Citrus fruits
It is important to realize that weight loss and weight gain is controlled by more than food intake and calorie output. But…Eating the wrong foods can result in limited or no weight loss if you have a food allergy and just aren’t aware!