If you are a little overweighted or were or you simply want to have a more healthy body conformation, but any physical activity is out of the question, you most probably resorted to diets. But diets are frustrating and hard to keep and even more, they don’t usually work as expected or advertised. People who actually went to a nutritionist and asked for a personalized diet, sometimes failed to reach their desired weight and that’s because we’ve been looking at diets wrong.
By using a standard glycemic index, nutritionists rank foods based on their effect on blood sugar levels, which helped them create healthy diets. In a small group of people this diets seemed to work, but what it lacked was assessment of the act that every person has a different metabolism. A new study was made at the Institute of Science in Israel, proving that even if 800 people ate the same meal for a week, their bodies would metabolize the meals differently.
By keeping track of blood sugar levels, body measurements, stool samples and food intake of the study participants, also by collecting data through a questionnaire and a mobile-app through which participants reported their lifestyles, researchers managed to assess how each individual processes meals differently.
Until now, many dieticians or nutritionists didn’t pay that much attention to each individual’s metabolism, but by taking in account this study, it might lead to more accurate, individual diets. Also, this study might lead to other researches that will try to understand how exactly metabolisms differ and maybe find easier ways to predict which foods are healthier for each individual based on their metabolisms.