How much of your diet is blamed on your non-compliance? Don’t beat yourself up if you think you’ve been focused enough on your diet but still can’t lose those pounds.
A new study reveals that how food is metabolized actually varies from person to person, and in some cases, it can be the total opposite of each other. And if this is the case, any standardized diet approach based on the idea that we all absorb nutrition in the same way, would actually just be playing hit or miss. You’d definitely be much better off going after personalized nutrition that is made for you, based on your own individual profile, your diet and habits.
Blood sugar is one of the main things that are monitored especially when dealing with diet related diseases like obesity, and cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Too much disturbance in blood sugar levels, for instance, makes the body insensitive to insulin, a hormone which facilitates proper absorption of sugar in the blood so we can utilize energy from the food we eat. This leads to magical weight gain even if we’re not actually eating too fatty or too much. To help address such problems, nutritionists have come up with diet recommendations based on food’s Glycemic Index (GI), which ranks how much food affects sugars in our blood stream.
A food’s GI has always been viewed as a standard for each food item. Based on this index, with the consideration of a some factors like a person’s age and Body Mass Index, nutritionists see if a food item should be enjoyed or avoided. However, based on a new comprehensive study it is reveals that a food’s Glycemic index is actually not a set value, but varies per individual.
This study led by Dr. Eran Segal and Dr. Eran Elinav biologists at Weizmann Institute in Israel, involved monitoring blood sugars of 800 participants over a week. Such studies are not usually done in such large scale. Data was collected through various meals like health questionnaires, including a mobile-app reporting of lifestyle and food intake with a total of 46,898 meals measured. In this study it was found that people show big differences in their responses to food, and in some cases have complete opposite responses. A particular case is of a person discovering she has been consuming food perceived as good for her, but was actually affecting her blood sugars negatively, which she wouldn’t have known outside the study.
So in reality, your current diet based on the standard GI is possibly not helping you that much. What this study essentially revealed is that you should be seeking guidance from a nutritionist that will look at you as an individual and will not base advice on a standard one-size-fits-all index when trying to come up with a diet regimen. A personalized nutrition plan definitely would be the best way to go.
Cell Press. “‘Healthy’ foods differ by individual.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 November 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151119133230.htm>.