Extreme dieting can be very severe, often leaving you hungry, tired and deprived of nutrients. If you are looking for results that can be maintained, quit the extreme mentality. A new study has revealed that crash diets could now be a thing of the past.
According to one of the UK’s leading biochemists and YorkTest’s Scientific Director Dr Gill Hart, a diet tailored to your unique food intolerances could contribute to weight loss, emphasising the impact food intolerances could have on obesity. Dr Hart has outlined that personalised diet could be the key to wellbeing and weight loss.
The study, which followed people who were suffering from ailments such as bloating, fatigue, migraine, skin conditions, digestive complaints and IBS, has revealed their ‘trigger’ foods such as carrots, lentils, wheat, cow’s milk and eggs. These foods were identified by an at home blood test which measures food-specific IgG antibody reactions to 158 food and drinks at YorkTests’ accredited UK laboratory.
Having identified an individual’s tolerance levels, specialist nutritional support was provided to help participants eliminate problem foods from their diet. The results speak for themselves with more than half (52%) shedding pounds within the first two weeks. 43% lost between 11Ibs and 1 stone 6Ibs, and 9% lost even more than this – despite the main objective for the majority of participants (87%) being to ease digestive issues or other symptoms they were experiencing.
Dr Hart, who led the study, explains: “These results are significant because, while the focus was how a healthy, balanced – but personalised – diet could improve health and wellbeing, weight loss was revealed as a very interesting by-product.”
“The process of food intake and uptake is complex, but it is accepted that obesity correlates with inflammation in the body. We can attribute the weight loss in this study to the digestive system functioning more effectively, and a reduction in the immune system reacting to foods it sees as hostile.”
There is also independent research into how obesity and related diseases can be tackled through dietary changes which improve gut flora and reduce intestinal permeability, more commonly known as ‘leaky gut’.
‘Leaky gut’ can cause chronic inflammation which can influence the brain’s ability to receive appetite-suppressing messages; creating a problem for dieters. Despite their efforts, studies have indicated that once overweight or obese, shifting the balance to lose weight is not as simple as just reducing calories. Whilst still important, calorie counting on its own may not be sufficient and extreme diets can also irritate the digestive system, which in itself can contribute to food intolerances.
Dr Hart says: “Evidence suggests a food intolerance-led elimination diet can help sufferers of conditions such as bloating, migraine, indigestion and IBS, among other complaints, and improve quality of life. But these new findings show an important link to weight loss too. There are countless dietary programmes out there, but none recognise the possibility that some foods, even healthy ones like carrots or lentils, buckwheat or limes, could be an obstacle to losing weight.
“At YorkTest we passionately believe that when it comes to diet, one size does not fit all and fad, crash diets or limiting calorie intake drastically can be damaging to health. People are being besieged with advice on what to eat and what to avoid, much of which is contradictory and confusing. The research backs up our belief in the importance of a personalised ‘food fingerprint’ to aid health and wellbeing, and now we can see the added benefit of weight loss.”
There are numerous testimonials of real-life weight management cases on our website, which can be found here.
Dr Hart concludes: “Everyone is looking for the next wonder diet that will make them thinner, give them glossier hair or clear up a problematic skin condition – but you simply can’t find that in a nine day cleanse or six week detox. It’s all about learning which food and drinks work in harmony with your body and those that should be avoided.”
“We encourage those who experiences negative symptoms after eating and drinking that they think may be attributable to food or drink ingredients to find out what’s personally holding them back from being the healthiest they can be. We’ve learnt from our customers’ feedback that diet personalisation not only holds the key to good health but can help with losing weight too.”
YorkTest’s Food & Drink Scan programme, priced at £299, analyses a person’s IgG reaction to 158 food and drinks. After identifying intolerances, the company’s team of experts provide nutritional advice to replace problem foods whilst maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.
YorkTest advise that you consult with your GP first if you are experiencing the types of symptoms mentioned in this testimonial.