Eating healthy is not easy, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or drastically change your lifestyle for the better. But with this sometimes difficult lifestyle change, many of us strive as much as possible to consume a nutritious and balanced meal. We aim to eat foods that provide us with a good amount of energy, healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, and that’s not always easy.
However, it’s important that we do make an effort because eating healthily plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy weight. Unfortunately, being overweight or obese can lead to many debilitating conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Yes, we’ve all come to the conclusion that a balanced lifestyle is best but how we play that out changes from individual to individual.
Some people only eat tacos on Tuesdays, some have just one sweet little treat every day to satisfy their cravings and some people go vegan. You need to pick the path the right for you. The point is: no one way is the right way.
I’ve seen articles come out saying you should eat pasta for breakfast or have two burgers at lunch with no damage done to your health and fitness goals (relatively speaking), so with that logic, if one really applies themselves, they could eat something that’s universally bad and still be healthy. Say, french fries.
According to a new scientific study that is definitely too good to be taken at face value, something deep fried and loaded with carbs might be the best option next time you’re cruising past the drive-thru. And it has nothing, or at least not much, to do with outrageous ratios of lettuce-to-ranch dressing. Just because you order a salad doesn’t mean you are eating healthy when you look at everything on the salad.
Your new favorite scientists hail from Israel at the Weizmann Institute, and they are led by Professor Eran Segal. They reached the very agreeable conclusion after monitoring the rise of blood sugar levels among 800 different people who consumed identical meals. They also tracked their physical activity, sleep habits, and bathroom activity.
The scientists found that everybody’s bodies react very differently to the exact same foods: what causes a sharp glucose spike in one person might do nothing to the lucky guy or girl who can eat an entire serving of pasta with no adverse glycemic response.
This could be why so many people don’t last long on their diets. They have followed something very specific but their body just doesn’t agree with it, so it’s very easy to revert back to your normal diet when your willpower is gone. This is why you need to go down your own healthy journey.
The researches behind the study collaborated with Dr. Niv Zmora, a physician, PhD student Daphna Rothschild and research associate Dr. Adina Weinberger.
The study was pretty unique and in its inclusion of the analysis of gut microbes, collectively known as the microbiome. Microbiome had recently been shown to play an important role in human health. Participants were fitted with small monitors that measured their blood sugar levels. They were asked to record everything they ate, as well as such lifestyle factors as sleep and physical activity. Overall, the researchers assessed the response of different people to more than 46,000 meals.
“The huge differences that we found in the rise of blood sugar levels among different people who consumed identical meals highlights why personalized eating choices are more likely to help people stay healthy than universal dietary advice,” said Professor Segal.
He thinks the study shows a need “to develop personal dietary recommendations that can help prevent and treat obesity and diabetes, which are among the most severe epidemics in human history.”
Just imagine how nice it would be if your genetic makeup allowed you to eat as much chocolate, fries, and pizza as you want with pretty much no negative effect on your health. A girl can only dream.