Universal diets don’t work for everybody as it turns out that healthy foods are not that healthy for everyone!
It is true that most of us struggle with food and are almost always wanting to follow a diet, which would help us shed pounds. Many people in different parts of the world are falling prey to several diseases ranging from diabetes to cardiac problems to obesity and what not at an alarming rate. All this suggests that the present dietary policies might be effective to some while it remains ineffective to many. A new study proves that such a situation is nothing to be surprised about. It shows us that the way healthy foods work for some people might not be the same for other people. In short, how healthy foods end up metabolizing within the human body differs from individual to individual.
1 Different people respond differently to the same meal
It is quite often that many of us try out the latest diet trend and still find ourselves gaining weight and feeling awful at the fact that why such an effective diet that has shown positive results to so many is simply not working for us. Well, scientists have now found an explanation for this.
According to Israeli researchers, the same meal eaten by different people will respond in different ways to each of them, in fact, very differently. This means while your friend might lose a few inches by following a particular kind of diet you may not experience the same with that same diet and in fact end up gaining a few more pounds.
Lead authors Eran Elinav and Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science concentrated on a single key component that is used for forming balanced diet plans such as Zone, Atkins or South Beach. Referred to as the glycemic index (abbreviated as G1), it was created many years ago as a means to ascertain how different foods impact the level of blood sugar and it is assumed to be a fixed value or number.
However, it is not the case! The truth established by the study is that it widely varies depending on the person.
2 Research details
The research recruited 800 healthy and pre diabetic participants within the age group of 18 to 70. Researchers collected data with the help of questionnaires, blood tests, body measurements, stool samples and glucose monitoring. The participants also divulged their food consumption and lifestyle information by feeding the details into a mobile application. The app collected a huge deal of data on a total of about 46,898 meals that the participants consumed.
Each participant ate a standardized breakfast that included common foods like bread in the morning. It was found that age along with body mass index impacted on blood glucose level post meal. The same was seen with something else as well. Different individuals presented hugely varying responses to the same food item, though their own responses remained stagnant from one day to another.
3 The new future of dieting
According to the research, the findings have shown that designing meal plans for individuals’ biology might be the new future of dieting and this study came up with many surprises for people. For instance, there was a middle aged woman who tried many diets and failed without any success. Tests revealed that her blood sugar levels increased after eating tomatoes. This indicated that it is not a good diet choice for her as high blood sugar levels is linked with obesity, diabetes and heart related problems. But as the old woman was unaware of this she continued eating tomatoes as a part of her healthy diet plan for many weeks.
All this really shows us that we are conceptually wrong in the way we think about diabetes and obesity epidemic. The problem is that we think we know about these conditions and also the methods for treating them, on the other hand, some people just don’t listen and continue to eat out of control.
4 Diet and meal plans should be designed in an individual specific way
With the study, researchers have concluded that there is a holy grail when it comes to dieting. It is an algorithm which takes into account several factors regarding a person and considering those factors an individual specific meal plan should be designed.
So, get your personalized diet plan so that it works for you. Play smart, eat right and stay healthy!