My good friend and gluten expert, Dr. Peter Osborne shares this important information about gluten intolerance:
Here’s more info from Dr. Osborne:
The problem with many weight loss systems is that they cater to the masses without considering individual need. They use a one size fits all approach. This approach works for some but leaves many to ponder why the weight will not come off the way it used to.
Most diet plans are based on Calorie consumption. Not enough thought is given to the quality of the Calories being consumed. For example, there are a number of companies that provide Calorie controlled meals. This concept works well for portion control; however, the quality of the food being used is poor and as the age old adage goes “You are what you eat.” Chemicals, radiated foods, ultra pasteurization, processing, lack of nutrient density, genetically modified foods, cloned meats, unidentified food intolerances, etc. all taint many of these so called “healthy foods”. Many of these factors can cause internal inflammation when ingested leading to an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and more.
As if that were not bad enough, weight loss is not just about Calories. The concept of the Calorie is based on the amount of heat a food generates when it is burned in a sealed chamber. Although Calorie estimation can be useful, it does not take into consideration the affect that food can have on hormone levels. To make things even more confusing, different foods can affect people?s hormones differently (see the example in the paragraph below).
Gluten Sensitivity Disrupts Weight Loss By Effecting Hormones
Many people do not tolerate gluten (a protein found in grains). For these individuals, gluten causes excessive insulin production which in turn tells the body to store fat. This can happen even if the individual is not “over eating” on Calories. Additionally, gluten can cause the body to over produce cortisol. This powerful hormone can also cause excessive bloating and weight gain. Gluten has also been shown to cause thyroid hormone deficiencies. Because the thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolism, a deficiency in this powerful hormone can cause a lack of energy, hair loss, dry skin, clouded thinking, and weight gain.
Common Sense Applies
People are different and unique. No one diet is right for everyone. The same can be said for exercise. No one program is right for everyone. If you are having problems with weight loss, know what your options are. You might not be responding for a number of different reasons. Specialized genetic and laboratory testing can help you identify gluten and other food intolerances. Put the odds in your favor before you get frustrated with a lack of progress.
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