Losing False Fat

Losing False FatFalse fat, or excess inflammation and bloating around the midsection, can account for pounds of excess weight many people battle. Proponents of False Fat diets point out many dieters struggle with an extra five or ten pounds of weight – especially around the midsection – not for lack of exercise or overindulgence, but because they’re eating the wrong foods.

Food allergies and sensitivities and the ways they affect a large portion of the population are coming under increasing scrutinization. Although severe allergies to common foods may not necessarily be as widespread, many allergists and health professionals believe wide-spread sensitivities to commonly used foods go unnoticed.

Food sensitivities are often responsible for the accumulation of false fat. The commonly experienced collection of excess fluid around the digestive tract is caused by inflammation. The same types of inflammation can occur when parts of the body are injured externally, and such physical symptoms provide a good clue as to how the body handles commonly allergenic foods.

Dr. Elson Haas, who has written extensively about the issue and wrote the book, The False Fat Diet, hones in on seven foods that are the common culprit for food sensitivities and cause bloating, inflammation, water weight and swelling. These foods include wheat, sugar, corn, eggs, soy, dairy and peanuts.

Haas points out wheat, sugar and corn are particularly problematic because they are so commonly used as additives and fillers in processed foods, which make up a large portion of common diets. Haas claims people who follow his eating plans lose more than excess water weight, finding relief from common issues such as congestion, fatigue and painful digestive issues. He also maintains some people can be cured from more serious medical problems such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, asthma and attention deficit disorder.

Other False Fat plans also focus in heavily on salty and processed foods. Most people consume much more salt than they realize. The majority of salt intake comes from processed foods, not necessarily from a salt shaker, so simply paying attention to food labels and monitoring sodium intake can help shed a great deal of water weight. Cutting back on salt is also a proven method for lowering blood pressure.

Eliminating false fat fits in with many healthy eating plans, as the plans focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods and encourages the identification of potentially allergenic foods. The staples of these diets include lean meats, vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes.

A bit of experimentation can also go a long way in helping to eliminate false fat. For example, cutting out only dairy for a week or two and watching for results, then repeating the elimination process for other common trigger foods such as wheat and sugar. Some people who accumulate false fat due to food sensitivities have trouble with most or all of the aforementioned foods while some may only need to eliminate or cut back on one or two.

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3 Responses to “Losing False Fat”

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    Amy May 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this article! Too many people may not even realize that these common foods could be causing their weight issues and so much more! I was diagnosed with food allergies a few years ago after years of struggling to lose weight, but still always had a bloated and uncomfortable tummy, fatigue, depression, and more. The foods I’m allergic to are some of those same foods mentioned (WHEAT, SOY, CORN, PEANUTS, but also rice, barley and rye). I followed an anti-fungal diet and eliminated these foods from my diet…as well as cutting out and back on dairy and replaced cow’s milk with unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk and occasonially raw cheeses or goat cheese only. SOY and CORN were a bit trickier as it is in EVERYTHING in the typical American diet (such as salad dressings, marinades, sauces, etc. and a lot of restaurants will even cook in a SOYBEAN OIL blend!)! And corn can have many disguises such as maltodextrin, dextrin, dextrose, etc.and then there’s corn starch, corn sugar, canola and vegetable oil. Bottom line is I now eat a healthy diet of whole foods! If it comes in a bag or box…I won’t eat! I lost a total of 90 lbs. and I now have flat and happy belly! :)

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    Amy May 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Oh! And I should add and concur that SUGAR is EVIL!!! LOL I replaced sugar and artificial sweeteners (which are basically poison!) with small amounts of raw honey, coconut sugar, and stevia. My skin thanked me for it too!!! :)

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    Roxanne May 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Just a point for clarification…

    Canola is short for CANadian lOw Lysergic Acid rapeseed oil. This varietal of rape seed grown in the central provinces of Canada has greater self stability.

    Is there a relationship between corn allergies and rape seed oil?

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