Weight loss success is tied up with a range of factors, mostly within your body and about which you’d be unaware. We all have friends or family members who can eat whatever they want and not gain weight, and we all have others in our lives who are completely different. Even amongst family members, there are striking differences in the foods and amounts that siblings can eat.
The bottom line is that each body is different. While that seems obvious when you think about appearance, it’s less obvious when considering hormonal responses, microbiome, appetite regulation, taste preferences, and social influences. These can all have an impact on the amount we weigh.
A study http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35193414 being undertaken in Israel is comparing individual responses to foods, and coming up with surprising results. The old dogma that calories control weight is clearly being disproven: in its place is a far more complex set of criteria that are different for each person.
As an example, two women were paired up and tracked for a week. Their activity levels and food choices and amounts were the same, with the aim to eliminate confounding factors. What the two have discovered about their own bodies is enlightening. One found that some of her favourite foods – grapes, sushi, chicken sandwiches, and cereal made her blood glucose skyrocket. Her partner’s blood glucose did little in response to these foods.
On the plus side, the first woman’s blood glucose rise was minimal after eating chocolate, ice-cream and soft drink. That’s pretty much the opposite of what most people would think.
The study is now looking at gut microbes to determine the influence they may play, and the results are looking promising.
While the study is on-going and the results are a long way off, there are things you can to do improve your chances of weight loss success:
While research may not yet be able to give us all the answers when it comes to effective weight loss, your body knows exactly what you need. Listen to your body and the responses it has to particular foods, and you’ll be well on your way to lasting weight control.
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