No Diet Plan Works The Same As Healthy Foods Differ By Individual

Posted: Nov 21 2015, 7:58am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2015, 3:55pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

No Diet Plan Works the Same as Healthy Foods Differ by Individual
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  • Researchers say that no “diet plan” works the same

According to researchers, the diet plans that are recommended by doctors and nutritionists do not work the same for everyone.

Weight loss has become a challenge for many people today. While exercise is a healthy option for those striving to remain fit, it is not an option for people suffering from obesity and other diseases like thyroid.

Dieting seems to be the path to rely on when it comes to weight loss. Doctors and nutritionists have devised some great diet plans that they reckon will definitely do wonders for everyone.

Israeli researchers Eran Elinav and Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science think otherwise. In their study published in the journal Cell, they have given the results that found people can metabolize the exact same foods in very different ways.

The researchers embarked on this ambitious study on the basis that the diet plans that are recommended do not often work in the same way for different people. Some people even tend to gain weight rather than loose it. So, Elinav and Segal believe that the solution lies in recommending a specified diet plan for every individual.

Elinav and Segal recruited 800 people and studied them intently over the course of one week to see how digestion worked. Participants were asked to log every bite, sip, exercise session, bowel movement and sleep session on a phone app. Their blood sugar levels were measured every five minutes by a device attached to their bodies, and they turned in stool samples for gut bacteria analysis.

They also gave blood samples and ate a few of the same exact meals for breakfast, so that the scientists could gauge all of the different effects the same food would have on different people. Elinav and Segal recorded the spike’s in blood sugar caused by what food material they had consumed. They also served as self-subjects for the study.

The data indicated that the participants all responded very differently to foods, even after meals in which participants were eating the same exact provided foods. The researchers then selected 26 of the participants to see if they could provide personalized nutrition recommendations would bring down the subjects' blood sugar levels. And indeed, Elinav and Segal were able to lower blood sugar levels after recommending meals made of foods they knew wouldn’t spike individual participants’ blood sugar.

Based on the results, the researchers hope to make a computer app or system which would design a special diet plan according to the individual’s disease and his health.

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