It’s holiday season and tables abound with tempting festive dishes.People around the world indulge in more food and drink that they need during celebrations and the result is increased body weight.Once the holidays are over, there is a struggle to shed those extra kilograms.Dieting does not always work and scientists now say it’s because no regimen works the same for everyone.
The year we’ve been trying to search for that, a silver bullet diet that would work for everybody and we’ve been miserably failing and that’s because the best diet for each person really has to be tailored to that individual.
Israeli researchers Erin Siegel and Eran Elinav say the key to losing weight is keeping blood sugar levels low.Too much sugar in one’s blood gets stored as fat.The two scientists have measured blood sugar levels in about 800 people after every meal for a week.What we were really surprised to find is that different people react very uniquely even when they eat the same exact food.
以色列研究人员Erin Siegel和Eran Elinav说，减肥的关键是保持血糖在一个较低的水平。血液中过多的糖分会被储存形成脂肪。这两位科学家在一周内测定了大约800人的每餐后的血糖水平。真正让我们感到惊讶的是，每个人反应都非常不一样，哪怕他们吃的一样。
Food that created a healthy response in some individuals caused an unhealthy increase of blood sugar in others.People reacted very differently to bread, for example.What we were surprised to find out was just like any other food there is no such thing as a good bread.The response to bread was completely individualized.
Adding fat to bread like butter oil or avocado can help normalize blood sugar in some individuals but not all.Meat and cheese are least likely to cause blood sugar spikes but a diet without carbohydrates is not sustainable.The Israeli researchers say the best solution is finding out which carbohydrates are safe to be incorporated in an individual’s diet.It requires breaking a finger for a drop of blood to measure sugar levels after each meal for a while but the pain may well be worth it.
Zlatica Hoke, VOA News, Washington.