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Weight Loss May Improve Taste of Food

Posted: March 21, 2018

weight loss may improve taste of food, taste, taste buds, obesity, inflammation, overeating, Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss CenterIt’s a scientific fact: weight loss may improve taste of food.

Has your favorite salad lost its appeal? Does it seem like foods you used to enjoy no longer taste that good? Is fruit no longer sweet enough?

Before you chalk it up to getting older or changing taste buds, consider whether you’ve recently gained weight. Your loss of taste may actually be real, especially if you’ve gained enough weight to have obesity. Researchers have proven that gaining weight can make you less sensitive to the taste of food.

The sweet news is that your sense of taste can come back once you lose the weight. It has to do with inflammation in your body, which can reduce the number of taste buds you have. Obesity, when your body mass index reaches 30 or greater, drives inflammation in the body.

People who have obesity often say they can’t taste things as well. It can be a compounding problem because you end up eating more, trying to reach a level of satisfaction.

If you’re trying to lose weight, the first thing to do is talk to your doctor. Many people who’ve been unable to lose weight and keep it off need help from weight-loss specialists to figure out the best strategy for their unique health needs.

People who have diabetes, liver problems or other health issues should seriously consider losing weight under a doctor’s care. Unsafe weight loss can make health problems worse.

Weight Loss May Improve Taste of Food

In some cases, the best strategy to lose weight is to have bariatric surgery. Figuring out if this is the best approach for you takes time, education and a willingness to make a lifetime commitment to eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.

Other people benefit from a very-low calorie diet, which restricts calories and hastens weight loss. You should only attempt this type of diet under medical supervision. Patients usually stay on the very-low calorie diet for 12 to 16 weeks. At Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute, patients learn how to return to a normal diet without gaining the weight back. Keeping track of protein, carbohydrates, fats and calories are all part of maintaining a healthy weight.

No matter which approach you choose to lose weight, once you start shedding the pounds, your sense of taste is likely to improve.

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