With so much controversial literature in magazines and on television it’s getting increasingly more difficult to decipher proper dietary advice, especially on the best fat loss diets.
As a personal trainer it’s my goal to decipher the fitness related quackery so I can keep my clients on track with their specific goals. I read a ton of research literature and soley rely on credible research data, versus what is represented in the bodybuilding journals. On that note, this is my nutrition FYI for 2016. As the year progresses I will keep you updated on current publish research.
BIG FALLACY – Paleo, or low carb diets rule, beating out all others diets.
Just walk into any gym and you’ll hear the rants. These are the best fat loss diets ” Just slash carbs, sodium and potassium if you want to get shredded” You gotta try Paleo if you want the mass and cuts of a caveman”. Does anyone every think, one shoe does not fit all. What works for one person may not react the same way for another. Well; Newsflash! Israeli Researchers don’t believe the hype at all.
According to an Israeli Study published Nov. 2015, the best fat loss diets react differently on each and every one of us. This landmark study held at the famous Weizmann Institute of Science continually and carefully monitored blood sugars on 800 individuals. Researchers discovered people responded very DIFFERENTLY to foods. Overall the researchers evaluated the individual blood sugar reactions of over 460,000 meals. That’s a lot of meals!
They found huge differences in the rise of blood glucose levels among people who ate identical diets and who participated in identical activity levels.
Blood sugar elevation is a key factor in diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome. This study was designed to find key factors that are responsible for individual blood sugar responses. And a specific diet DID NOT make a difference in controlling blood sugar reaction. In fact they found blood sugars increased significantly higher in some individuals who ate Sashimi, while others exhibited low blood sugars when eating sugar laden Ice Cream. Look out Paleo gurus!
Towards the tail end of the study, customized diets who assigned to each individual study participant to re-evaluate blood sugar responses. Keep in mind one persons ideal diet was often another persons nemesis! After one week of each study member consuming their personalized good diet, researchers found very well controlled blood sugars, healthy weight loss, and a significant change in gut microbe composition. This current research suggests, that gut microbe composition is a key factor in blood sugar stabilization and weight loss. Not a particular diet.
This incredible data suggested that genetics, gut microbe composition and activity level all play a big factor in weight loss, not the PALEO, DASH, TLC, MIND or Weight Watchers diets.
The study is now in its longitudinal phase and it should be exciting to see what else researchers may discover later on down the road. Perhaps the best fat loss diets consist of customized probiotics, a genetically specific diet plan and a moderate physical activity is the hidden answer for weight loss?
For more information on this exciting study, check out the researchers website The Personalized Nutrition Project
Rivak Hoffman is a Master Personal Trainer and President of Every Bit Fit Arizona. He is an avid writer and enjoys discovering the truths that help people achieve their health and fitness goals. For more information visit Every Bit Fit Arizona