We all know that we are unique individuals. Human beings share overlapping similarities but we are also have differences. This is true of our appearance, personalities, intelligence, talents, ect. This is also true of our metabolic make-up. Because of this, the nutritional approach an individual takes to achieve fat loss has to be unique to them. When an individual finds her correct metabolic formula, she is able to achieve and sustain fat loss while having balanced energy, reduced hunger, and absent cravings.
The concept of TRIGGER FOODS is important to learn and understand in order to find your unique fat loss formula. A trigger food is a food that triggers cravings, hunger, or adverse changes in an individual’s energy. These foods can result in a slowing of fat loss, a lack of fat loss, or compensatory eating (which will also result in a disruption of fat loss). The top six trigger foods are:
- sugar-free products
- nuts and nut butters
In some individuals, dairy and gluten interrupt their metabolisms through an immune response. Dairy can also disrupt fat loss in some by causing an exaggerated insulin response when consumed. Nuts and nut butters are typically digested inefficiently, but in some individuals these foods are digested more efficiently . This results in them extracting more fat and calories from the nuts. Fruits, sugar-free products, nuts and nut butters, and alcohol can act as trigger foods because they can result in extreme hunger and cravings later in the day. Another interesting mechanism by which sugar-free products can act is called the cephalic phase insulin response. In some individuals, the sweet taste of these products on their tongue results in increased insulin production by the pancreas. The insulin is released in anticipation of an increase in blood sugar, but since the individual has not consumed the sugar and her blood sugar does not rise, the insulin causes her blood sugar to drop low enough to induce hunger and cravings.
The important thing to realize is that while these are common trigger foods, every individual’s reaction is different. The number of these foods that actually act as trigger foods in an individual’s body may be most of them or none of them at all. It is also important to note that many of these foods, such as nuts and sugar-free products, may actually aid in fat loss by reducing cravings and compensatory eating later in the day. This may sound complicated and confusing, but actually it is not. Now that you understand that these reactions exist, you just need to be a detective. If you are consuming some or all of these foods and are having issues with cravings, extreme hunger, energy fluctuations, or are having difficulty with fat loss, try systematically eliminating the potential trigger foods. Then, see if the symptoms resolve and fat loss resumes.
Remember that every individual has her own metabolic fat loss formula. With detective work, every individual can discover her own reactions to potential trigger foods; and ultimately, their own unique formula to achieve and maintain a lean, muscular, and healthy body.