By Dr. Ryan Lombardo, DAOM, ABBAHP, BCIM, L.Ac.

“I eat healthy, exercise, and still can’t lose weight?”

“Why can’t I lose weight? I should be able to lose weight with all the exercise I do.”

“I haven’t eaten carbs in 6 months and I’ve only lost 5lbs.”

“I should be able to have a cookie and not gain weight.”

All of these comments are legitimate, real quotes from in-office conversations. Each of these people may be correct in theory, but individually, they are likely struggling with a deeper rooted issue. Many experts have stated many times that we need to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. They say things like, “Burn more calories than you eat,” and, “Exercise more and eat less.” But what if that’s not the whole truth?

Simple solutions for complex health issues are difficult to find; and unfortunately, there’s really nothing simple about weight loss. If it was as easy as, “Eat right and exercise,” then we wouldn’t have this struggle, let alone the obesity epidemic throughout the country. For many people that we see at our practice, they already “eat right and exercise” without successfully losing weight. That’s when we take a closer look at what may be going on inside. Here’s our secret, it’s the content of the calories that are holding you back, not the quantity.

Different foods, spices, molds, preservatives, and supplements create different responses in different people. There’s no reason to believe otherwise, and the science of food sensitivity testing supports this theory. In fact, a study at the Baylor Institute at Baylor Medical College showed a 98% success rate for individuals following an individualized elimination diet based on results of the ALCAT test. This was a double blind study where participants eliminated certain foods. Those who followed the correct protocol customized based on their own blood work lost weight, reduced body fat percentage, and improved body composition.

The ALCAT test is blood test that measures a person’s immune activation to different foods, molds, chemicals, preservatives, and other substances. Yale researchers confirmed the validity of the ALCAT test and immune response in multiple studies. This is a different test than an allergy test, and therefore delivers a less predictable result. Allergies are often much easier to notice. Food sensitivities create chronic inflammatory responses that continue to build over time without intervention.

Chronic inflammation may cause symptoms such as IBS, indigestion, bloating, weight gain, joint pain, rashes, headaches and more; and it can also trigger cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other cardiometabolic, dermatologic, and neurological disease. Considering the risks of disease and symptoms associated with chronic inflammation, who wouldn’t want to learn more about what they can do to prevent it?

What we eat matters, much more than what we are led to believe through the media. Diet may not make all the difference in health, but it’s the best place to start since we eat multiple times a day, every day. Why not learn how to eat with a customized anti-inflammatory diet? It makes practical sense, and it has evidence to support the benefits.

Schedule your WELLNESS CONSULTATION to learn more about how we can help customize your plan for optimal health and weight loss.

Read more about food sensitivities and ALCAT here.