Its Tuesday and you all know what that means. Guest Post day!! Its a happy day isn’t it? Today’s Guest Post is about the Elimination Diet.
One of the hottest trends in nutrition is the Elimination Diet. If you haven’t heard of it, it is essentially exactly how it sounds: You eliminate a large amount of foods from your diet. The idea is remove typical or expected trigger foods from your diet for a number of weeks and then slowly reintroduce them while closely monitoring your symptoms. The main goal is identify foods that cause you problems so that you can avoid them in the future. Interestingly, following an Elimination Diet can have a beneficial side effect: weight loss. Here are some of the weight loss benefits of an Elimination Diet.
Lean protein. Most Elimination Diets limit you to fish, turkey, lamb, and wild game. These are lean, unprocessed meats that are often not subject to the hormone treatments that are common in mass-market beef and chicken. Lean proteins help promote muscle growth and help you feel fuller for longer after a meal.
Natural, non-processed foods. Many elimination diets are also de facto organic diets. You cut out all processed foods and are left with mostly fruits, vegetables, and nuts. These are typical weight-loss foods that contain important nutrients for maintaining your health. They are also low in fat and can help you lose weight.
Good fats. An Elimination Diet will cut out most fat sources except for olive oil and the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. These are considered “good fats” that provide fuel and nutrition for the body and don’t contribute to fat build-up in the body. They give you energy to exercise and can help prevent disease.
Low carb and low sugar. A side effect of cutting out most grains and processed foods, an Elimination Diet is quite low on carbs and sugars. As we know, low-carb diets can be very effective for losing weight, since these nutrients are easily converted to fat in the body.
Replace other beverages with water. Elimination Diets also cut out things like soda, alcohol, and caffeine, which can all be weight-gain culprits. By replacing most beverages with water and tea, you can eliminate a large part of your daily calorie intake. This also promotes overall health and helps to cleanse toxins from the body.
While usually used by people with gastrointestinal issues to identify problem foods, an Elimination Diet can also be a powerful weight loss tool. Just be sure to consult your doctor before drastically changing your diet.
This post was written for Never Ever Been Skinny by Karen Danish, LAP. Karen is a licensed acupuncture physician and a valued staff member at Tampa Acupuncture Clinic.