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Why The Gut May Cause Slow Fat Loss

By November 4, 2016Uncategorized
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Is Your Gut Slowing You Down?

Do you exercise regularly, but can’t achieve consistent, long term body fat loss?

Have you changed your eating habits and noticed small results?

Is your energy still low?

You may have a bad gut.

Now before your curse me, I am not referring to the size of your gut, I’m referring to the inside of it!

There are two main families of good bacteria in the gut: bacteroidetes and firmicutes. Body weight seems to be related to the balance of these two families of bacteria.

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Studies have found that an individual at a healthy weight has a difference in gut bacteria than over-weight people.

They have even taken the gut bacteria from an obese person and injected it into skinny mice. Guess what. The mice got fat!

These studies show that gut bacteria may play a major role in weight regulation.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology information, it is thought that certain probiotics may fight obesity by:

  • -helping you keep fewer calories from the foods in your diet
  • -helping release the satiety hormone GLP-1. Increasing this hormone may help you burn more calories and fat
  • -helping increase levels of the protein ANGPTL, which may lead to decreased fat storage.

 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Probiotics may reduce gut inflammation which leads to less calories absorbed from food, better functioning hormones, and faster weight-loss!

I highly recommend that you seek out a nutritionist that can optimize your health for more information on what type and dosage of probiotic you should take.

 

How can you speed up your gut health and lose body fat faster?

Fiber packed salad | Source: iStock

Fiber packed salad | Source: iStock

1. Get enough digestive enzymes

By sticking to a diet high in digestive enzymes and fermented foods, your system will run smoothly. Try foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi or herbs such as peppermint and ginger.

2. Increase physical activity

Being active keeps your digestion moving and results in more elimination and weight loss.

3. Drink plenty of water

Period.

4. Pay attention to food combinations.

Simply put, make sure you are not consuming meals that only come from one food group. Protein is great, but a plateful of only protein can wreck havoc on your gut.

5. Get a healthy amount of fiber

You can get this from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fiber improves your digestion by pushing food waste and toxins through your body. Try foods such as sweet potatoes, beans, carrots, lentils, peas, dates, pears, and apples.


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