What foods are making you tired, bloated, and overweight?

There is no secret potion, shake, or pill that will help you lose weight faster than boosting your metabolism. But do you know what foods speed up your metabolism and what foods slow it down? Knowing what foods boost or slow your metabolism is now proving through medical research to be the most successful way to lose weight.

You eat healthily and get plenty of exercise, but still cannot seem to shift those extra pounds. Forget counting calories – your favourite food could be to blame. Do you often feel bloated or suffer from fluid retention? Are you careful about what you eat, but still seem to find it hard to lose weight? Have you tried all the diets you have ever heard of and gone to every fitness class at the gym, but still find you are the same size? If this sounds like you, don’t despair – it may be a food intolerance that is stopping you shifting those excess pounds.

Statistics from Allergy UK, a national charity established in 1991 to increase awareness of food sensitivity, show that around 45 per cent of the UK population suffer from a food intolerance at some time in their lives. In fact, food intolerance is fast becoming one of the most likely reasons for much ill health today. But how does it affect our weight?

Poor metabolism

Ongoing research suggests that how well our metabolism functions is a key factor in weight loss or gain, and some of the foods that are most likely to trigger an intolerance are known to disrupt our metabolism. Research also shows that our metabolism works most efficiently when we eat a variety of nutrients. For example, a lot of processed foods contain grains, which are one of the main food intolerance offenders; these include spelt, wheat, rye , barley, gluten, and oats, and also slow down both metabolism and weight loss. But this is only one food group.

At the Raw Food Coach nutritionist and naturopath Yvonne Duffy O'Shaughnessy tests 200 foods, helping you identify foods that are causing you to gain weight, feel bloated, and wipe your energy. "Traditionally, weight loss programmes have been built on the assumption that everyone's metabolism works in the same way, and that if you monitor your calories, count fat grams, drink meal replacements, take dieting pills, or follow the diet sheet — whoever you are, you will lose weight," she said. "However research has confirmed what many frustrated dieters have suspected for a long time: one size really does not fit all. In fact, there is now concrete evidence that many of us struggle with weight gain and have difficulty losing excess pounds not because we are lazy or failed dieters, but because we have a metabolism that doesn't quite match the textbook version."

Call The Raw Food Coach to book your appointment to have your blood assessed (pin prick ) and start a tailor made plan just for you. Now on special offer, was €250 now €150. Call 087 057 3098.

For more information see www.irishrawfoodcoach.com or www.facebook.com/therawfoodcoach

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