Doing Everything Right, But Still Can Not Lose Weight? It May Not Be Your Fault.
This week on the Harmony with Food Show, I talked about why your gut microbiome may be to blame for your weight loss resistance, and how food sensitivities cause inflammation.
Proactive vs. Preventative Healthcare
In my opinion, the term preventative healthcare gets overused, so I like to say I practice proactive healthcare. A lot of doctors will tell you you are pre-diabetic, or have signs of high cholesterol, etc., and start you on a statin or diabetes medication and call it preventative. I don't see medication as preventative, instead, I want to make sure you don't have to wind up on medication.
If you've ruled out serious illness with your doctor but you still have symptoms, that's somewhere I can step in and help. If you are struggling with joint pain, weight loss resistance, IBS, and other problems, know that there is relief out there, and so much we can do to help.
Having a Care Team
I've worked with many doctors and respect what they do, but they don't know very much about nutrition and that's ok. That's why I'm here and why it's important to have more than one medical professional on your team. You may have a doctor, a dietitian, and a personal trainer. Or you may need a physical therapist. There are so many resources out there and working with multiple professionals can help you dig deeper into your health.
Weight Loss Resistance
A study says the gut microbiota is emerging as a promising target for managing inflammatory disease, metabolic disorders, and obesity. The human microbiome consists of 10 to 100 trillion microbiota, which includes bacteria, fungi, pathogens, and viruses. They all live in the human body and are primarily bacteria in the gut.
What does this have to do with weight loss? We are seeing a lot of science-based evidence that if you re high in firmicutes, you have a higher risk of obesity. So if you feel like you're doing "everything right" and the weight just won't come off, it's not all in your head.
The good news is there is so much we can do about it! I recommend starting with a microbiome test. This stool test can help us determine if you're sensitive to gluten, wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It looks at over 67 different pathogens, hundreds of bacteria, and so much more. With this testing, I can help you break weight loss resistance.
Food sensitivities are another thing that can contribute to weight loss resistance. You may not realize what you're sensitive to. For example, I had a gentleman see me this week and it turned out he was sensitive to pineapple, bananas, wheat, barley, and eggs.
Once we find your sensitivities, we will do a 30 to 90-day trial where you stay away from those foods. We'll see if your symptoms go down with the avoidance of those foods.
Food sensitivities can cause inflammation. That inflammation could be in your joints, or it may be leading to brain fog, causing GI issues, or causing weight gain.
And if you have food sensitivities, it doesn't mean you can never eat those foods again. After a time, we will try reintroducing those foods one at a time, to see how you react. Or, we can repeat the food sensitivity testing to see if it may be time to try reintroduction.
How does food sensitivity testing work?
With food sensitivity testing we look at both the IgA and IgG antibodies to food antigens. A food may trigger an immune response through an IgG-derived mechanism while having absolutely no effect on the IgA or vice versa. So it is important to test both.
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