Friends and family are important; they are one of the most important aspects of your life. They care for us when we are sick, they support us when we are down, and make holidays and get together more fun. But in a world where we are bombarded with the next big nutrition trend and new fad diets, it can be really easy to get confused about what you should be doing. So as much as you love them, you may not want to take diet advice from them. Everyone has someone in their circle that has lost a significant amount of weight and has the diet tip that made the pounds melt off for them. While this can be true for your uncle Dave, it may not necessarily true for you. The information is anecdotal and these differences means that diet don’t work at the same rates and same ways that is does for other people. While we are share 99.9% of our genetic make up we do have small differences between us. These small differences are called genetic polymorphisms.
These small genetic differences are why specific types of diet may have worked for uncle Dave but not for you. One of the easiest examples to explain is the low carb versus the high carb diet trends. Let’s say your uncle went on a gluten-free diet and lost 30 pounds, but you did the exact same diet and lost 2. What gives? Is uncle Dave working that much harder than you?
While your uncle may just be combining his new diet with proper exercise, he may also be lacking, due to genetic differences, the ability to absorb the protein with in the wheat he has cut of out his diet. He could have a gluten intolerance or celiac. Getting rid of it would cause less inflammation and increases his ability to absorb the nutrients from the rest of the food he is eating that he may have been struggling with before.
While you are on the same gluten-free diet you didn’t notice any change in energy or appetite. This is most likely due to the fact that you can absorb the protein from wheat and don’t have any sensitivity to it. So while your uncle Dave swears by a gluten-free diet from the results he had, it is important to remember that you may not be. (Side note: If you feel like you are gluten intolerant, you should ask your doctor about having it tested.)
So listen to what your family and friends have to say, they may have valuable insights. But ultimately you have to do what works for you and your body. Consulting with a dietician or nutritionist can help you with some of your weight loss goals. Everyone has your best health in mind. The journey for your weight loss goals is exactly that, your journey.