It’s Summer, and we’re all considering how our waistlines have managed to grow again during the colder months! I am anyway – thanks new MCAS meds and peri-menopause fat fairy!
I am being asked regularly what is my best diet for weight loss and I always point them to my Belly Fat book. This is based on removing the two common ‘bloating and inflammation’ allergens, wheat and dairy, and encouraging low GL eating. It’s simply the best approach I’ve found over the years.
I found when I was teaching my Stop Dieting and Lose Weight courses for the NHS and privately years ago, that many people couldn’t lose weight because they were ‘reacting’ to those common foods. The reaction usually takes two forms.
Bloating from excess wind
Either a person gets excess wind and bloats up that way – in which case cutting the foods out will help enormously. Even cutting them down and adding some extra stomach acid and enzymes to help digest them properly will help. Tip: if the swelling occurs within 30 mins of eating, it’s most likely acid. If it’s after a couple of hours, you probably need more enzymes. You can read more about it here in the Acid & Enzyme Factsheet.
Bloating from swelling/inflammation
Some people will react in an inflammatory manner to allergenic foods. Think of when you bash your knee: it goes red and lymph comes to the area as part of your immune reaction, making it swell. What do you think happens to your gut lining? The same. It’s just that you can’t see it. So, some bloating is actually an inflammatory immune reaction. Again, cutting the allergenic foods out will help. Enzymes are unlikely to help as much here because you can react to infinitesimal amounts. The trick is to avoid the foods and do some gut healing and immune support.
Anyway, back to weight loss! Why the Low GL diet?
Well, I based it on research conducted by Patrick Holford years ago. I notice he’s recently done an overview of low GL for weight loss and I’m sure he won’t mind me sharing a bit of it here with you. You can read it in full here.
You’ll see that Patrick goes on to talk about supplements that help weight loss in his article. In short, I find something like Sugar Block helps to slow down the release of insulin and prevent sugar turning to fat. And taking glucomannan/konjac fibre before meals can help control appetite.
Hope that helps – begone belly fat!