since i cannot seem to manipulate my weight lower no matter what i try, and i still have a few digestive issues that come up occasionally (though nothing too serious), i'm considering that there may be some food sensitivies that are hindering my metabolism / weight loss. i have a few culprits in mind, and am starting a food diary to see if i can figure out any patterns in foods that make me feel less than great. also, in my googling i came across the ALCAT food allergy/sensitivity test. has anyone tried it? it seems to be controversial, but i'm not willing to write it off as non-sense quite yet. any input appreciated!
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on January 12, 2012
at 05:29 PM
I did it a few years ago and I thought it was very frustrating! It said I am intolerant to everything, except Turkey! No exaggeration! And I did the largest panel that tests them all~ I felt very hopeless when it came to eating after that, it was so hard choosing what to eat, and the stress was probably more harmful that any of it.
I would spend my money elsewhere.
on January 12, 2012
at 03:33 PM
I have done it and was shocked by the results! My nutritionist ordered the test and she believes in it, so I felt comfortable with it. After eliminating the offending foods my seasonal allergies (itchy nose & mouth year around) are nearly gone, as is the gas and bloating. A food journal is great too, but I never would have eliminated some of the foods identified (chicken & tomatoes). After a period of elimination, ALCAT will retest for free. Oh, and I've also dropped 10 pounds with little effort, even over the holidays.
on June 06, 2013
at 12:55 AM
I have eaten Paleo for 10 months before recently taking the ALCAT test at my GP's recommendation (I lost 30 lbs, dropped 70 points on cholesterol and felt great). Paleo helped me get rid of a lot of problem foods (i.e., sugars, dairy, all grains)so that my ALCAT list wasn't horrible--I have about 50 moderate to mild foods I'm intolerant of. I'm going to try to mix the two diet plans for three months and see what happens. Then I'll reintroduce some of the foods I really love (like tomatoes, salmon, bananas, garlic and chicken). The biggest challenge will be to rotate foods to eat as I don't like to cook and would rather stick with eating the same favorites every week.