Weight Loss or Slimming
Every day we consume energy and we burn energy; the net balance of this equation determines whether we gain or lose weight. Obesity and associated metabolic disorders represent a major societal challenge in health and quality of life with large psychological consequences in addition to physical disabilities. Although, different etiologic factors including excessive food intake and reduced physical activity have been well identified, they cannot explain the kinetics of epidemic evolution of obesity and diabetes with prevalence rates reaching pandemic proportions. Interestingly, convincing data have shown that environmental pollutants, specifically those endowed with endocrine disrupting activities, could contribute to the ethology of these multifactorial metabolic disorders. Certainly, more studies are to be undertaken to better determine the nature of the chemicals to which humans are exposed and at which level.
Are food intolerances making me gain weight?
Gluten Intolerance and Weight Gain
Historically, medical textbooks have presented Celiac disease patients as small, thin, anemic individuals, a depiction that still dominates many physicians’ views of gluten intolerance and the people who have it.
Recent research, however, is forcing a major re-thinking of that “classic” picture, and urging clinicians to be on the lookout for gluten sensitivity among people who are overweight or obese.
Overweight individuals believe they have some type of intestinal disorder like irritable bowel syndrome.
Described variously as an autoimmune disease or an allergy, Celiac disease affects the small intestine by reducing its total surface area. In sensitive individuals, presence of gluten in the gut instigates an inflammatory response, which over time destroys the fingerlike villi lining the inside of the small bowel.
Learning to prepare fresh, healthy, gluten-free meals at home eliminates potential allergens and reduces the amount of processed foods that one consumes. It also offers greater control over portion sizing, flavors, and food-related expenses.
Even for those who are profoundly impressed by their results, the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle can be challenging.
While not everybody is gluten intolerant, and it’s certainly not the universal cause of obesity, we can all benefit from cooking our own food.
Lactose Intolerance and Weight Gain
Having lactose intolerance can’t cause you to gain weight, but it can cause a variety of other symptoms. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, which is milk sugar. You can also become lactose intolerant if your intestines have been affected by illness or if you’ve sustained an injury to the digestive tract.
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