Did you know that a sensitivity to wheat can result in unwanted weight gain? Yes, it’s true. I know this for sure, because if I eat wheat on a regular basis I will gain 20 pounds, take it out of my diet and the pounds drop off instantly.
Many people’s bodies are not genetically equipped to digest wheat properly and they have what is called a food allergy or food sensitivity. An allergy or sensitivity results in fluid retention or allergic edema, inflammation or a disruption in the metabolic system, all of which lead to weight gain.
Wheat is one of the most common foods to be sensitive to and result in weight gain, however a sensitivity to corn, cane sugar or other grains is very common as well. Although grains are the most common food group to lead to weight gain, an unidentified sensitivity to any food group can also result in weight gain – it could be beans, soy, dairy, chicken etc.
You can determine if you have unidentified sensitivities with a simple food sensitivity test. Remove the foods it identifies and the weight will fall off effortlessly.
However, it isn’t just a sensitivity to wheat that can cause weight gain. There are several other aspects that are inherent in wheat that lead to inches around the belly and elsewhere.
When you eat wheat, and this includes whole wheat, you are eating a product that is broken down into high levels of sugar in the body. As a matter of fact, eating two slices of whole grain bread is the equivalent of eating 2 tablespoons of sugar.When there is excess sugar in the body, it gets stored as fat.
Not only that, all this excess sugar leads to inflammation, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and much more.
Furthermore, during the digestion process of wheat, polypeptides called exorphins are produced. Exorphins are opiate like substances that mimic our own natural endorphins and affect the brain just like any other opiate, like heroin and morphine and are highly addictive. This leads to cravings for carbohydrates, overeating of grain products and even full blown compulsive overeating. This is why much of the population cannot resist those grain based foods like bread, pie, pizza, pasta etc.
The brain can be impacted in other negative ways by these addictive substances and result in other mental health issues like depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, schizophrenia, autism, mania and more.
Additionally, these exorphins can lead to addiction to carbs in general, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, morphine, heroin etc., as they alter the brain in the same manner as a drug and tolerance can develop. If one is recovering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, the consumption of wheat and other grains can lead to cravings for the substance of choice.
Wheat is basically an addictive drug that not only causes weight gain, but wreaks havoc on your mental and physical health.
So, if losing weight and improving your health is on the top of your New Years resolution list, this one simple change in your diet can help you succeed.