Rating Popular Diets and Hidden Food Allergies: How to improve your chances of success...
There is a wide variety of popular diets on the market these days (South Beach, Atkins, Sugar Busters, Weight Watchers, Zone). Dieters are spoiled for choice over which diet to choose next: Should they copy their favorite celebrity's latest diet craze?
Perhaps they should follow the in-crowd at work and opt for the diet that 95% of the workforce is currently on! Before you can say 'cream cake' they've rushed out and spent hundreds of dollars on diet books along with several grocery bags full of low-fat, low-carb, and low-everything-else food, when in actual fact they haven't really got a clue which diet they should be following. With regards to the number of diet books hitting the shelves over recent years, AMA Spokesman and Melbourne doctor, Rick Kausman, stated: "It's mayhem what's going on out there."
As a result, many dieters end up jumping from one fad diet to another, never really settling down into a healthy eating regime, and probably doing themselves more harm than good. Because they don't have a clue which diet is actually likely to be most effective for them, they continue to dip their toe into every diet doing the rounds and ultimately end up putting on more weight than they lost.
...many dieters end up jumping from one fad diet to another, never really settling down into a healthy eating regime, and probably doing themselves more harm than good.
One way to combat this problem is to consult a professional and have tests to find out whether you are allergic or sensitive to certain foods or food types. It's pretty pointless throwing yourself head-first into the latest fad diet if, unbeknown to you at the time, you have an allergy to one or more of the food types upon which the diet is based. For example, you may look in the mirror one day and decide that your stomach looks a little on the large side. What if you have an allergy to yeast and it is actually a reaction to, say, bread that has caused the bloating around your stomach? You may decide to embark obliviously upon a carb-rich diet, unaware that after yet another slice of yeast-laden bread your problem is going to get worse and not better.
The key to successful dieting is to ensure that you select the right diet for you and your body. By having tests performed for allergies and sensitivities, you can eliminate the offensive foods from your diet plan thus gaining a true insight into selecting a diet that will work for you. Identifying foods which are not suited to your body will allow you to devise a well-balanced, nutritious eating plan free of foods that will make your diet pointless and ineffective. Food allergies / sensitivities are those which can cause problems such as migraines, skin problems, bloating and swelling, sinus problems - even breathing disorders. Food intolerances can result in symptoms such as sickness, diarrhea, flushes, and dips in blood pressure.
There are a couple of recommended ways in which have yourself tested for food allergies. The first is skin-pricking: this is where a food substance is pricked into the skin and any reaction - such as rashes or swelling - is noted. This test can also be performed through the use of patches. The second way is to have a blood test. This can identify food allergies by checking for the presence of certain antibodies to particular food allergies.
It is a sensible and worthwhile idea to get these tests done prior to starting any weight loss plan. Apart from the fact that you may be wasting your own time and money on a diet that will not work for you, it may be that you will end up exacerbating your problems by consuming foods that are unsuitable for you.