The most common food sensitivities to inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy and soy may be the reason why you can’t lose those weight even when it may seem as though you are doing everything right such as exercising and not overeating.
To understand the connection between food sensitivities and weight gain it is necessary to understand how food sensitivities cause inflammation and chronic adrenal stress that leads to over production of cortisol, insulin resistance and an inability to lose weight.
Gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, sugar, corn and soy are the most common food sensitivities contributing to an inability to shed those excess pounds.
By simply removing and substituting these inflammatory foods that cause weight gain, inflammation is lowered and weight loss goals can be achieved.
But how can food intolerances cause weight gain and what is the connection between inflammation and weight gain?
When a person eats food in which they have developed a food sensitivity too whether it is due to the food itself, a leaky gut or undigested food the body does not recognize the food as a nutrient and instead recognizes the food as a foreign invader and mounts an immune response to that particular food.
This means that the immune system has created antibodies such as an IgG antibody to that food and whenever that food is eaten the immune system is activated and creates inflammation as it attacks the offending food.
When the body is chronically inflamed from eating these common foods sensitivities daily this puts stress on the adrenals. The adrenals are responsible for the production of cortisol which is a powerful anti-inflammatory that your body uses to counter the effects of an over reactive immune system that is challenged by common food sensitivities such as gluten, dairy, soy and sugar.
Cortisol which is known as the “stress” hormone is not all bad. The more important question to ask is what is causing excess cortisol production? Which by the way can lead to adrenal burnout and hormonal imbalances.
A big contributing factor to chronic cortisol production is food sensitivities!
The connection between cortisol and weight gain
Another role of cortisol is to breakdown muscle and fat tissue to raise blood glucose in an emergency when blood glucose drops to low. If cortisol production is constantly being stimulated by offending food sensitivities then blood glucose levels are also constantly raised which over time can lead to insulin resistance due to excess glucose always being in the bloodstream.
Cortisol contributes to weight gain by consistently raising blood glucose levels in the bloodstream which then leads to consistently elevated levels of insulin which keeps the body in fat storage mode.
Insulin is the primary hormone responsible for weight gain. The higher the insulin levels the harder it is to lose weight as insulin tells your body to store fat. Foods that cause weight gain include sugar and highly processed refined carbohydrates such as white bread as those foods spike insulin and tell your body to store fat.
The best way to reduce cortisol levels through diet, which is the stress hormone responsible for belly fat is by removing inflammatory foods which can lead to insulin resistance and refined carbohydrates and sugar which disrupts blood sugar balance.
Why is it that some people lose weight when initially stressed and others gain weight when chronically stressed?
Initially cortisol can cause weight loss as it signals for the breakdown of muscle and fat tissue to raise blood glucose BUT when cortisol levels remain high it causes insulin to be constantly high thus creating a vicious cycle where a person cannot lose weight due to insulin always being present and telling the body to not burn fat which can leave a person feeling fatigued and struggling to lose weight.
As you can see everything is connected in the body and these common food sensitivities cause inflammation and weight gain as a result of cortisol consistently stimulating elevated insulin levels that keep the body in fat storage mode. This is how food intolerance and weight gain are connected, but by removing the food sensitivities that are causing inflammation weight loss goals can be achieved.
To find out if these foods are problematic for you I recommend avoiding gluten, dairy, sugar and soy 100% for 3 weeks then challenging each food separately 3 days apart while tracking and taking note of any abnormal symptoms.
Common food sensitivity symptoms include headaches, bloating, skin rashes, runny nose, cough, stomach ache, irritable bowel, puffiness and an inability to lose weight.
When challenging food that you are likely to be intolerant to pay attention to any “digestive symptom” or an abnormal symptom that may arise. You might also notice that you’ve lost a few extra pounds by avoiding these most common food sensitivities if inflammation caused by food sensitivities is the cause of your weight gain.
For more information on how these common food sensitivities cause weight gain and are preventing you from losing weight, I recommend reading The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin.
For more information on foods that cause weight gain and insulin resistance, I recommend reading The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung. Both of these books are life changing for anyone wanting to understand the real reason as to why sugar and food sensitivities are the reason as to why you can’t lose weight.
Losing weight is not as simple as counting calories. Ditching the refined sugar and common food sensitivities including, dairy, soy and gluten is a must for anyone wanting to lose weight without counting calories. If you are ready to lose weight for good sign up for my free weight loss challenge cheat sheet here.