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Weight Gain and Obesity
It's true that we gain weight when we eat more than we can burn off. But this conventional diet wisdom does not always hold true. Weight gain can also be caused by health conditions such as hypothyroidism, food sensitivity, Cushing's syndrome, organ disease, prescription drug use, anxiety, blood sugar imbalance, and essential fatty acid deficiency. Many people respond to stress or depression by eating excessively. Sources of stress may not always be apparent, but may still affect eating habits and cause weight gain.
Reactions to foods are not always immediate. They can occur many hours later as bloating and swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, abdomen, chin and around the eyes. Much of the weight gained is fluid retention caused by inflammation and the release of certain hormones. In addition, there is fermentation of foods, particularly carbohydrates, in the intestines which can result in a swollen distended belly and gas production. Inflammation associated with food sensitivities can lead to weight gain.
Clinical Studies on Weight Management
The Effect of The ALCAT Test Diet Therapy for Food Sensitivity in Patient’s With Obesity - Middle East Journal of Family Medicine - Mohammed Akmal, Saeed Ahmed Khan, Abdul Qayyum Khan
The Short Term Efficacy of the ALCAT Test of Food Sensitivities to Facilitate Changes in Body Composition and Self-Reported Disease Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Study. Gilbert R. Kaats, Director; Health and Medical Research Foundation. San Antonio, Dennis Pullin, Executive Director; Baylor Sports Medicine Institute, Houston, TX, Larry K. Parker; MD, Women’s Total Health Care, Angleton, TX Published American Journal of Bariatric Medicine. Spring, 1996