Are your vegetables the reason your not able to loose weight?


Yes this is possible and very true.

How you may ask, well let’s find out.

Your body responds to food in various ways by braking it down into tiny little pieces during the process of digestion then sending the specific nutrients of that food to certain areas of the body for example; amino acids (better known as protein) are sent to the liver for detoxification or to damaged cells to repair and restore.

The body does this smoothly and efficiently (providing the digestion is working, but that’s a whole new topic)

So how can your vegetables be the cause to you not being able to loose weight?


Many people do not eat a varied diet, it’s been shown in modern society that people only rotate between 15-30 foods, that’s the top end of the scale. By not rotating your food you start to use less of the great nutrients that these foods have to offer and as the body starts to get “lazy” due to the same foods coming in all the time this can lead to food sensitivities (allergy is a bit more severe).

How food that we are sensitive to reacts in the body?

Our immune systems identifies good and bad, when it identifies a bad I.e. A virus or bacteria our immune systems first line of defence kicks in and will attacks these viruses and bacteria.

However, if the immune system decides that a food is dangerous and should be destroyed, the result is the release of “mediators” which cause inflammation and pain. This is how food sensitivities develop.

When these mediators are released they cause pain and inflammation in the body, the side effects can vary from joint pain to acne (a detailed list below).

Here are some common symptoms of food sensitivities:

-sleepiness after eating
-mental fog
-eczema & other skin disorders
-weight problems
-sinus issues
-muscle pain
-gas & bloating
-acid reflux
-mouth sores
-food cravings
-high blood pressure

Keeping a food diary is a very good start as it can give you some sort of idea as to what foods might be causing these side effects, this is something I always get my clients to do.

There is however a problem with a food diary, as the onset of the symptoms may be up to 3 days after ingestion of the offending food.

This can be quite a challenge when dealing with a client with many food sensitives due to poor food quality and rotation over many months.

So what’s next?

My favourite and best tool when dealing with any weight loss client or athlete is the “MRT” blood test.

This is by far the best test when dealing with food sensitivities as it checks your immune systems response to 150 foods and chemicals.

Once we have the results of the blood test I create an individualized healthy eating plan which eliminates any of the foods that were causing pain or inflammation and we start a broad spectrum varied diet.

Once we start to reduce inflammation via cutting out the “problem foods” weight starts to drop off and in the case of athletes performances notably increases.

Another benefit of cutting out these “sensitive” foods for a few months is that what tends to happen is that these foods will then be able to be re-introduced without any negative side effects. So if you’ve had to cut out some of your favourite foods for a while fear not as you will probably be able to eat them again.

So my takeaways for this article would be if you having any of the symptoms above or having trouble loosing weight I would recommend having a look at your diet and maybe have a mix about with foods and change things around, if you find that to be to complicated then get yourself tested(via blood) and see what results come up, you might be very surprised.

Just to give you an idea of some of the foods that have come up with different clients:

-Black Pepper


Jason Pena

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