Fake Fat Sucks
You step on the scale with anticipation.
It’s your weekly weigh in day. You have been following your calorie plan all week.
Gasp! You see a 2-pound weight GAIN. You think “WTH! I give up! …and go eat a donut”.
Not so fast! You might have actually lost 1 pound of real fat and gained 2 pounds of fake fat.
What the heck is fake fat?
It looks real, you can see it on your body and on the scale. It’s not fat though, its inflammation. Think back over your diet for the week. Were you eating dairy, corn, fake sugars, or wheat? Even when you calorie restrict, these foods are known to cause a silent intolerant reaction. Silent meaning you don’t break out in hives itch and feel horrible when you ingest them immediately like an allergic reaction. The reactions you are having are subtle and can take up to 24 hours to show up.
You might find you look “pudgy”.
Your stomach is a bit bloated.
Your face and legs are puffy.
Your rings are harder to get on in the morning.
You are waking up with a slightly stuffy nose or a headache in the morning.
You have a hard time getting to sleep at night.
You struggle with mild anxiety.
These are all very subtle signs that you are eating something your body is intolerant to. The top offenders are wheat, dairy, sugar, fake sugars, corn, and eggs. In all reality though you can be intolerant to anything. Its up to you to figure out what you have been eating a lot of lately that might be the offender.
When you eat these foods, your body will hold on to more water and create inflammation to help “heal” the offended area. Many of us have a leaky gut from these food intolerances.
Large undigested particles will pass into your bloodstream instead of getting digested, and you will feel uncomfortable as a result and see a weight increase on the scale. The weight gain is not the worst of it. Long-term exposure to foods you are intolerant to can increase your chance of intestinal illness and autoimmune conditions. This was a big part of how I ended up getting sick with Interstitial Cystitis.
To figure out if you are having problems with foods the cheapest way is to do an elimination diet. Eat only meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and rice for a week and then introduce the offending food to note any reactions. I happen to be intolerant to white rice and you might find even on the “safe” diet you are still having issues. You have to be your own detective.
Once you figure it out and abstain from the offending foods you will be blessed with water weight loss, more energy, better sleep, less headaches and colds, and less blaoting. Your anticipation to step on the scale after all your hard work will be rewarded and your health will thank you!
Melissa is the Author of Healing Through the Pain How I overcame Interstitial Cystitis. She writes about health (physical, emotional and spiritual) from a vulnerable place, after overcoming Interstitial Cystitis and still battling emotional illness. She is passionate about helping women realize their ability to make changes and move forward from difficult situations in their lives.
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