Discover how bad gut bacteria can lead to weight gain…
If you want to lose weight, or maintain your healthy weight, you need to know about the link between bad gut bacteria and weight gain.
In studies of twins in which one was obese and the other was thin, the twins’ gut bacteria were completely different! The obese one suffered from bad gut health, and—you guessed it—the thin twin had good gut health.
That compelling evidence indicates that if you eat foods that enhance good gut bacteria, you’ll also be able to sustain a healthy body weight.BRAND NEW: These Delicious Desserts Can Help You Burn Fat & Lose Weight
The reason your gut exerts influence over your weight is because it determines how much energy your body absorbs, and also lets you know if you are hungry or full.
If you’re like me, it’s VERY important for your body to notify you when you’re full or you’ll just keep eating and eating and eating.
Gut health is partially hereditary, but you can change the balance of your gut bacteria by consuming foods that promote good gut health.
Let’s delve into how gut health affects your weight.
Facts on Gut Bacteria
Your large intestine contains good and bad bacteria. Consuming foods that encourage the good bacteria to flourish makes your gut healthy and improves your digestion.
The bacteria perform functions like telling your immune system to ward off infection and producing vitamin K and other vitamins.
Akkermansia muciniphila and Christensenella minuta are good gut bacteria that aid in weight loss. They are found in thin people and linked with avoiding weight gain. The holy grail of bacteria!
The Difference Between Good Gut Bacteria and Bad Gut Bacteria
Good gut bacteria help your body perform necessary functions such as fighting off bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi; balancing your gut microbe so that there’s more good bacteria than bad; preventing inflammation; and good digestion.
Bad gut bacteria cause autoimmune disorders like type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
You might have too much bad gut bacteria if you suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and heartburn.
Other indications of an excess of bad gut bacteria include eating a high-sugar diet, chronic exhaustion, not sleeping well, food intolerances, irritated skin, and weight changes.
The great news is that you can fix your imbalanced gut bacteria and be super healthy just by modifying your diet! You’ll most likely lose weight, too.
The Worst Foods for Your Gut
Limit your intake of the following if you want to increase your good bacteria and stop contributing to bad bacteria in your gut.
- Red meat
- Fried foods
- Antibiotics (found in meat because they are given to farmed animals)
- Artificial sweetener
- Refined sugar
- Processed food
- Refined food
Items on the list above can be occasional treats, but remember that link between bad gut bacteria and weight gain.SPECIAL: New Research Reveals How to Get Your Brain to Tell Your Body to Burn More Fat
How to Improve Gut Health for Weight Loss
Nutritious foods are great for your body and help you maintain a healthy gut, general wellness, and a weight that is best for your body.
The Best Foods for Your Gut
Polyphenol are micronutrients with a great deal of antioxidants.
- Red wine (You’re welcome!)
- Green tea
- Dark chocolate (Yay!)
- Grape skins
- Olive oil
Whole grains are unrefined so they are high in fiber.
- Whole oats
- Whole-grain and whole-wheat pastas
- Whole barley
- Bulgur/cracked wheat
- Whole wheat
- Whole-grain rye
- Whole grain breads
- Brown rice
Nuts, seeds, and beans are packed with healthy fat as well as fiber.
- White beans
- Kidney beans
- Pinto beans
Fruits and vegetables are fiber-licious and promote gut bacteria diversity.
The best fruits for gut health:
- Dried fruit
- Tropical passion fruit
Try whipping up a delicious smoothie with a few of those.
The best vegetables for gut health:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Green peas
- Salad greens
Fermented foods/probiotics are wonderful for your gut because fermentation changes the sugar in a food into alcohol or organic acids.
- Yogurt (use plain and add fruit for less sugar)
Prebiotics are compounds in food that help good bacteria, fungi, and microorganisms grow.
- Whole grains
- Chicory root
- Jerusalem artichokes
- Dandelion greens
There are SO MANY tempting delicious treats at the supermarket, on restaurant menus, at parties, in the office, et cetera (please bear with my pre-COVID social distance references).
Eating healthy food requires a bit of effort with all of the less healthy options out there, but when you know the science behind why wholesome foods create a healthy microbe balance in your intestinal lining, you’ll be motivated to avoid stomach problems and digestive issues and feel well in general.
The occasional indulgence in foods and drinks that are bad for your gut bacteria is as forgivable as it is inevitable. If it somehow happens (so quickly that you didn’t even realize it passed through your lips), just leave the incident in your past and move on.
If you follow the healthy gut bacteria rules (most of the time) you can fix your gut, be trim, and feel great.
The Best Way To Regrow Good Bacteria & Start Burning Fat
There is no denying it…
A microbiome ravaged with bad gut bacteria makes it nearly impossible to lose weight.
It’s like your own body is constantly fighting against you – no matter how much you diet or exercise…it’s simply impossible to lose weight if your gut is populated by bad guys…
So what is the best way to get rid of the bad bacteria in your gut?
Your best line of defense is to completely flood your gut with these 4 strains of ‘good’ gut bacteria.
Some of these good gut bacteria warriors can actually eat the bad gut bacteria in your gut…and even transform fat into fuel in the process!
These 4 super fighter strains can help increase your metabolism, boost energy, and even burn more fat.
To tell you everything you need to know- here’s Dr. Steven Masley, MD, the very doctor who discovered these good bacteria: