[Topic: Gut Health for Weight Loss]
When you think about losing weight, you may think about calories, carbohydrates, diet plans, and the possibility of having to starve yourself in order to see results.
But have you ever thought that there might be something else at work too?
Perhaps… your gut health?
See, your gut is this really sneaky part of your body that I love to call “your greatest life hack.”
Because restoring your gut health is oftentimes the exact solution you are looking for in order to lose weight!
Why Do We Care About Gut Health and Weight Loss?
This was a new term to me when I stumbled upon it, but after discovering how many bodily processes (including our weight) that the gut controls –
I genuinely felt like I had uncovered one of life’s greatest secrets.
But first, let’s talk what we DO know.
Diet and exercise – two words that have been ingrained in our brains since we were old enough to walk and talk – exercise and eat – as the sole recipe for living a healthy life.
“Eat a nutritious diet and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.”
A slogan that has made its way into health classrooms around the globe.
And it’s a solid mantra – Balance diet with exercise and you too will be happy and healthy.
But the sole problem – it forgets what is arguably one of the most vital components to establishing a sustainable realm of weight loss for our bodies (our gut health).
And if you’re someone who is tired of riding the roller coaster (all those ups and downs) of weight loss – you’re not alone.
I hope you have a glass of wine on board as I tell you these numbers.
- About HALF of Americans say they are trying to lose weight.
- 45 million Americans go on a diet each year
- Nearly ⅔ of Americans are overweight or obese
- $33 Billion is spent annually on weight loss programs and products
All this means is that millions of Americans are spending billions of dollars actively seeking a solution to the same problem – seemingly inevitable weight fluctuation and disappointment.
But here’s the universal saving grace – there are THREE primary components to establishing a healthy weight (not just the two that are heavily emphasized).
- Gut Health
(And I’m not just following my gut on this one.. If you take a peek at my About page, you’ll realize why this resonates so personally to me.)
What Is Gut Health?
Simply put, your gut health is your everything – your ticket to losing weight, healing your mental health, and feeling the same energy as when you were a kid again.
See, your gut – the part of the digestive tract that contains the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – helps to regulate your metabolism, increase nutrient absorption, and aid with weight management.
And while normally the word “bacteria” is something we grab the Lysol wipes for, there are actually beneficial strains of bacteria that make up our bodies, specifically, our digestive tract.
I’m talking trillions of strains of bacteria.
And it’s these beneficial gut microbes that perform certain helpful tasks regulate countless processes in your body.
For instance, our gut health alone controls:
- Healthy Digestion
- Weight management (and weight loss)
- Skin Health
- Nutrient Absorption
- Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
- Brain Clarity and Mental Health
- Hunger and Appetite
- Bloating and Inflammation
- Chronic Illness
But for the sake of this article, we’re going to keep the focus to losing weight – even though when you improve your gut health, you’ll reap benefits from each of the bulleted points above! Because gut health and weight loss truly go hand in hand.
Now there’s no such thing as “skinny” bacteria, but there are good bacterial strains that specialize in:
- Creating lean body mass
- Reducing fat storage
- Regulating appetite
- Curbing hunger
- Stabilizing metabolic rates
- Aiding with digestion
Beneficial gut microbes also can:
- Produce important nutrients and certain vitamins
- Fight infections and inflammation
- Reduce bloating and gas
- Digest food that otherwise would have been unable to break down
- Produce chemical balances that help you to feel full
- Regulate metabolic rates and energy levels
So, if our gut is unhealthy (which unfortunately most people’s are due to the modern western diet), our digestive tract is filled with harmful gut bacteria that craves company (causing you to crave unhealthy, sugary foods).
Good news is – by regulating your gut health, you can and will reap all the benefits of a healthy digestive tract, including weight loss.
I personally lost 15 pounds without dieting – just by simply addressing my core (gut health).
Why Has Our Gut Health Been Destroyed?
Welcome to the 21st century, where food is processed, artificial, manufactured, and becoming increasingly more of a health hazard by the day.
Here we have meals drastically different than what filled the plates in our grandparents’ generation – so much to the point where we eat more “products” than “real food.”
And as much as we tend to beat ourselves up for not being able to lose weight – it’s NOT our fault!
Here’s a snapshot of what’s causing us to all gain weight like crazy.
- Farm to table has become factory to table to meet the high demands of the US populations (we’re talking approximately 331 million people – that’s a LOT of mouths to feed)
- Industries have become heavily involved, processing foods, and adding chemical preservatives to be able to package and ship these products
- Crops are genetically modified (glance at the chicken breasts in the grocery store and tell me when you’ve seen a chicken naturally that large)
- Foods are dripping in artificial sugars, trans fat, refined carbs, and are being stripped of their essential healthy fibers and nutrition
And our gut health suffers most severely since the condition of our digestive system is developed from our chronic diet – and we’ve been eating this way (especially without knowing) for years!
Okay – deep breath.
You still with me?
I knew I liked you.
I wouldn’t be writing this to you if there weren’t a light at the end of the tunnel.
While many of those factors are out of our control, there is one especially important factor that will always remain in our control – our gut health.
And improving our gut health is so much easier than you’d think.
Top Ten Tips to Restore Your Gut Health
➪ 1. Consume healthy, wholesome (anti inflammatory) ingredients (Check out the full 14 day anti inflammatory meal plan HERE!)
➪ 2. Supplement your diet with superfoods for an incredible boost of nutrition (I personally use and recommend Your Super!)
➪ 3. Incorporate probiotics into your daily diet (Learn how to choose the right one for you HERE!)
➪ 4. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
➪ 5. Reduce stress levels
➪ 6. Get plenty of rest
➪ 7. Perform gentle exercises (like yoga!)
➪ 8. Incorporate intermittent fasting (Must know dos and don’ts HERE!)
➪ 9. Use apple cider vinegar for detoxing (Check out this article for the 6 ways ACV will benefit your weight loss HERE!)
➪ 10. Chew food thoroughly and slowly
(For the full article for these ten tips, be sure to check out HERE!)
Hold Yourself Accountable with a Trustworthy Program
It’s always easier to challenge yourself to stick to a program that is specifically tailored to provide you with the desired results.
Because let’s be real – there are SO many temptations out there, including just walking into the grocery store and seeing your favorite comfort food chilling on the shelf.
So what I always recommend is taking a challenge (there are awesome ones out there!) that will help you to stay disciplined.
I personally created the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge if you are interested in restoring your gut health! I worked hard to make it the most comprehensive resource.
Let’s just say I took everything I learned in 3 YEARS and put it together in one simple challenge to make it so much easier for you.
(I’m a teacher by day, so it’s in my nature to teach other how to do something – especially when I’ve been on the side of poor gut health, and it’s NOT fun!)
But if you are specifically looking to lose weight, I would recommend Avocadu’s 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge. They have a guarantee to lose 10-21 pounds in 21 days or get your money back.
I took the challenge and loved the results, but more than that – they do a great job about teaching you what is good for you and what will cause unwanted weight gain.