🍰🥛Food Intolerances and Weight – The Link 🍰🥛
Do you suffer from food intolerances? Is your weight a problem for you? The two are intimately linked and if you can’t seem to shift the weight despite being “good” then could it be that food intolerances are to blame? The answer is yes, quite possibly and it’s one of the first things I look at with my weight loss clients.
❔How do food intolerances lead to weight gain?
Ultimately, if you are intolerant to a specific food – all too often gluten/wheat, dairy, yeast, salmon and soya – it will be irritating your body. This irritation causes inflammation which your body reacts to with a stress response. When this happens, your adrenal glands start pushing out stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) which destabilises your insulin and blood sugar levels. When blood sugars are too high and we can’t use it for energy, we will store it as fat in our adipose tissue.
To add to the problem, high amounts of body fat can also promote inflammation and exacerbate problems with food intolerances.
This may sound like a depressing, vicious cycle. Inflammation from food intolerances leads to excess fat, and the excess fat leads to inflammation. But you can stop this cycle - by identifying and eliminating your food intolerances. Weight loss is not about calories. It is about controlling hormones such as insulin and cortisol and decreasing inflammation, some of which can caused by food intolerances.
❔What foods are likely to be causing a problem?
Because we are all different, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact food culprits without testing, however there are some foods that I know from working with my clients are likely to be impacting on your weight, these are:
🍽️ Wheat and gluten containing foods
🍽️ Dairy – cows milk, cheese, yogurt, butter
🍽️ Yeast – bakers yeast used in bread making
🍽️ Fish – especially shellfish
❔What are the common symptoms of food intolerances?
Again, because we are all different, we all react in different ways. Common symptoms can include:
🍽️ Weight gain
🍽️ IBS symptoms and bloating
🍽️ Headaches and migraines
🍽️ Skin problems
🍽️ Joint pain
🍽️ Thyroid issues
You don’t need to have digestive issues such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea to have a food intolerance. Some can be causing silent inflammation, without any overt symptoms at all. Quite often I find that clients haven’t made the link between a particular health issue and a possible food intolerance, so I always explore what is going on for them to see if testing is the right choice for them.
❔What can I do if I think food intolerances are impacting my weight?
The quickest and most efficient method is to test. Food intolerance testing is readily available and provides firm answers to what foods are impacting, and how reactive you are to them.
❔Interested in testing?
Book in for your complementary 30-minute introductory food intolerance consultation with me. We will book a time to speak on Zoom, and I will review your symptoms and recommend the most suitable test and support package for you.
You can book your call HERE 👉https://buff.ly/3xktrl7
Complete a Food Intolerance test and receive the results. I will help you understand the significance of the test results and implement a new eating plan and consider the best ways to support your weight loss journey, free from inflammatory food intolerances.
With the right support, it is very possible that you will be able to re-introduce the ‘problem’ foods over time. Identifying the foods you react to doesn’t necessarily mean that you can never eat them again.
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