Do Food Allergies Affect Weight Loss?

Common Food Allergens

Eating foods you are allergic to can prevent you from losing weight. Science shows that allergens cause inflammation, which leads your glands to secrete certain hormones that destabilize your insulin and blood sugar levels. In turn, the high level of insulin in your body causes it to retain fat instead of burning the fat for energy, as it should. The more weight you gain, the worse the problem becomes, as large amounts of fat promote inflammation and worsens existing allergy problems.

While some people suffer obvious or even life threatening allergic reactions to certain foods, the fact is that you can be allergic to a particular food and not even realize it. The foods that are most likely to cause an allergic reaction are milk, fish, shellfish, peanuts, soy products, wheat, eggs and nuts. Children who are allergic to these or other foods frequently outgrow their allergies; however, adults seldom do.

If you're not sure if you are allergic to a particular food, try cutting it out of your diet for a period of time and then re-introducing it. You may need to do this with a number of foods before you discover which ones are causing you to retain weight, but the results are more than worth the effort.

You may also want to consult a weight loss professional to create a personalized diet plan that suits your needs and enables you to steadily lose weight and keep it off. At the Metabolic Resource Center, we specialize in tailoring our diet plans to suit individual needs, enabling you to maintain good dietary habits long-term. At the same time, our healthy meal plans provide you with the nutrition you need to not only slim down but also improve your health and boost your energy levels.


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