If you're dieting and the scale isn't budging, scientists want you to know something important: It's not you, it's the diet (most likely).
Weight-loss experts now think that general advice on what to eat and what to avoid probably doesn't hold true for everyone--and that to shed pounds, it's better to go on a weight-loss program that is geared to YOUR individual needs.
The latest study to come to this conclusion was done by Israeli researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science and published this month. The team monitored 800 people, ages 18 to 70, for a week; the subjects wore devices that measured blood sugar levels every five minutes and provided blood and stool samples. Researchers found that their blood sugar levels varied wildly, even when they all ate the same meal. That meant everyone was metabolizing the foods differently.
What accounts for the difference? Researchers speculate the trillions of bacteria in our digestive system, which can influence everything from weight to mood. Everyone's microbiome (as the bacterial system is called) is totally unique.
The Israeli researchers think it's just a matter of time until people can get their own tailored diet programs using their data. And that's good news for anyone looking to shed pounds after the holidays are over.
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