Were you ever frustrated when a diet plan that helped a friend lose weight didn’t work for you? Scientists working in the emerging field of personalised nutrition believe they can now explain why. Simply put, the answer is we process the foods we eat differently.
“Some people are maybe trying to lose weight and the diet that they are following isn’t actually tailored to their metabolism,” says Prof Lorraine Brennan of University College Dublin’s (UCD) School of Agriculture and Food Science. “They would have a better chance of losing and keeping their weight down on a diet that is more tailored to them.”
The idea that obese people may carry extra weight because of their metabolism is not one that has tended to attract sympathy. However, when it comes to how we all process food, the evidence is clear; we are all very different and have individual dietary needs.