Apr
16
2009

Can food allergies prevent weight loss?

Calories (photo by baejaar - CC-BY)

Calories (photo by baejaar - CC-BY)

Many individuals are frustrated by an inability to reach their weight loss goals despite an adequate reduction in daily calories. It now appears that food allergies may be partly to blame!

Food intolerance can create an inflammatory immune response which can inhibit weight loss. Sensitivities to commonly ingested foods can be revealed in chronic symptoms like migraine headaches, achy joints, indigestion, fatigue, depression, skin disorders and irritable bowel syndrome. Individuals with undetected food allergies can be left frustrated and discouraged when their weight loss efforts never seem to pay off.

Recent research confirms that even the most committed weight loss diets can be sabotaged by sensitivities to certain foods.

Medical researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Centre placed 27 refractory weight loss patients on individualized diets with a simple parameter – elimination of foods which displayed an immune response in an ALCAT blood test. The study was designed to test whether a food intolerance elimination diet specialized to each individual could improve weight loss in obese patients who had previously been unsuccessful in their diet attempts. Results after the twelve-week study revealed a significant decrease in body fat percentage, body weight and body mass index in patients who followed an individualized ALCAT diet plan compared to the control group.

Positive weight loss results in conjunction with a food sensitivity  elimination diet were also found in a study conducted  at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at Columbia/HCA Medical Center Hospital. Participants who followed a diet plan which eliminated foods identified in ALCAT sensitivity testing lost significantly more weight than the control individuals who simply followed a diet of their own choosing.  Positive changes in body composition, fat weight loss, lean body mass and overall BMI were noted in the experimental group along with overall weight loss. Significant improvement in self-reported disease symptoms associated with potential food sensitivities were also observed.

More information on the ALCAT blood test and food sensitivity can be found here.

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