When Your Healthy Diet Makes Me Fatter

There are more diets than there are brands of cereal it seems. And they all have at least one person claiming this diet helped them lose X kgs. It’s no wonder dieters have trust issues! So which one is right? Perhaps all of them, new study proves.

Have you ever heard of the field of personalized nutrition? Probably not. It is relatively new afterall. Media swarmed on this field after an Israeli study was released. One headline claimed “This diet study upends everything we thought we knew about ‘healthy’ food.” Another claimed “Healthy diets may not be a one-size-fits-all.” Clickbait titles aside, what did the study actually suggest?

People fed with the same food have different health responses.

The reason for this is people have different genes, past health and other factors. These all determine how your unique body reacts to food. Pretty cool huh?

While this study is relatively new, it is revolutionary. It means that the time of following diet trends is way, way in the past. But it also has a pretty dark side.

So then what works for me???

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Truth be told, I have no idea what works for you. And chances are, you have no idea either. I could find the perfect diet for myself. I lose 10kgs in a week, I feel less slugish and meet the man of my dreams. But you could try the same diet and feel malnourished, gain half a kg and lose your partner. So where does this leave your health?

The study also suggested an individualized approach to nutrition could eventually supplant national guidelines meant for the entire public according to the New York Times.

Time to put your diet on a diet

But Jenny, I love my diet! It’s working fine for me, I mean in the past three weeks I’ve lost 7kgs! Don’t try and tell me this isn’t progress.” Well faithful reader, truth is your diet might be making progress for you. But is that long-term progress? Most diets have an average outcome mask, that makes your diet look awesome.

In reality, this masks tremendous individual variability. The New York Times digresses:

“While a clinical trial published in 2005 of 160 adults randomly assigned to the Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers and Zone diets reported modest results in all groups after one year, individuals in those groups experienced weight changes ranging from a loss of 35 pounds or more to a gain of 10 or more.”

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This isn’t just about losing weight

“In contrast to our current practices, tailoring diets to the individual may allow us to utilize nutrition as means of controlling elevated blood sugar levels and its associated medical conditions,” Eran Elinav, study coauthor from Weizmann’s Department of Immunology, said in a press release.

I could keep telling you why personalized nutrition is the future, but you might not believe me. Here’s a clip straight from the experts


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