How To Lose Weight Fast For Women

Jan 08, 2016, 11:48 AM

Do you count calories religiously and work out like a gladiator but still struggle to lose weight? What could be the possible cause? to some experts, the culprit may not be what is contained in the foods themselves, but your own body's reaction to these foods causing water retention. This reaction is known as food intolerance.

Food allergies are typically easy to detect as the body often reacts with extreme and even deadly symptoms when the allergen is eaten. Food intolerance, by contrast, is much more subtle and may take long periods of repeatedly eating a given food to manifest itself.

It can have several causes such as lack of a particular digestive enzyme or sensitivity to additives in processed foods. Experts estimate that as many as one in every 10 people suffer from some type of food intolerance, and a study in the UK found the figure to be as high as 45%.

According to Muriel Simmons, Chief Executive of Allergy UK, food intolerance occurs when an immune reaction is brought on by IgG antibodies that are released when certain trigger foods are ingested. A food allergy, by contrast is caused by an IgE immune response, which is much more powerful.

When the IgG immune response is activated, it increases the permeability of the body's smallest blood vessels called the capillaries, which allows more fluids to pass through into the cells causing water retention, thus weight gain.