The more trouble you’ve had with losing weight and keeping it off, the more likely it is that food intolerance is at the root of your problem.
Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, highly reactive or high-food intolerance (high-FI) foods are almost certainly behind your struggles with weight loss. If yogurt, eggs, soymilk, and whole-wheat bread are a frequent part of your diet—and especially if you’re eating them every day—your system is overwhelmed with problem foods, and your immune system never really calms down.
This creates a number of problems, including leaky gut, inflammation, and digestive difficulties that sabotage fat loss. Even small amounts of high-FI foods make these problems worse.
Do You Have Food Intolerances?
Answer each question with never (0), seldom (1), sometimes (2), or often (3).
I need a cup of coffee or other caffeinated pick-me-up to jumpstart the middle of my morning or afternoon.
I crave baked goods, pasta, and other high-sugar impact foods.
I have difficulty falling asleep, or I lie awake during the night feeling anxious and struggle to get back to sleep.
My bowel movements occur infrequently (less than one a day), which can sometimes be painful and involve straining.
My mood can change swiftly, and I take out my crankiness and irritation on coworkers and family.
I want to lay my head down on my desk mid-morning or afternoon because I have little motivation to remain productive.
During meetings or conversations I zone out, and I struggle to concentrate for long periods of time with my work.
Even though I eat a big meal, I find myself hungry and craving more of what I ate several hours later.
Doing routine and important tasks take all the energy and initiative I have.
Even as an adult, I struggle with acne, rashes, or blotchy skin, even though I use expensive skin cream.
I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating, or other uncomfortable gut issues.
The smell of scented candles, perfume, and detergents bothers me.
Walking or moving around can create cramping, achiness, or joint pain.
I develop headaches that prevent me from enjoying the moment and leave me scrambling for a pain reliever.
I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise religiously, and yet every pound seems a maddening struggle to lose.
Even though I don't have other cold/flu symptoms, I suffer with a scratchy throat or sinus trouble.
What your score means:
18 or above: You most likely struggle with food intolerances that create many unpleasant symptoms and stall fast fat loss. By removing 7 foods for just 3 weeks, you'll see these symptoms disappear and the scales will start moving again.
10 to 17: You display some of the symptoms that food intolerances can trigger. You would greatly benefit from removing these 7 foods for just 3 weeks to eliminate those symptoms and lose those last few pounds.
Below 10: While you suffer few of the symptoms brought about by food intolerances, you could still benefit from removing these 7 foods for just 3 weeks. Even the healthiest person can take their game up a notch and ditch those last few stubborn pounds, right?
Excerpted from The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days. Copyright © JJ Virgin. Used with permission.