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The One Thing We've Missed and That You Should Do, in Order to Lose Weight

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We may have been focusing on the wrong thing for weight loss

I will admit it; I never thought I focused on the wrong methods to be successful with weight loss.

I would follow my body-building diet of eating several meals daily, filled with protein, hardly any carbs and veggies. That worked while I trained as a body-builder, and It should do the job again.

But sadly, back then (about four years ago now), it didn’t work.

I would uncover a bloated belly, water retention and going to the bathroom was dreadfully hard (and unpleasant as well!)I didn’t understand why this strategy didn’t produce any results, seeing as it did for about 99 per cent of the population.

But I was missing something in the equation of weight loss. Sure, I began fasting, and that made a difference. But, what created the most profound changes was my gut health (and fasting did help heal my gut).

We underestimate how important our gut health is for longevity, fitness and weight loss.

That community of microorganisms lurking in our intestines reside in the trillions, outnumbering our human cells by 10–1.

Our gut is the CEO of digestion and metabolism and protects us from infection by strengthening the immune system. In addition, a healthy gut microbiome can aid in preventing the onset of weight gain and obesity.

To have peak heath and hit those weight loss targets, you must diversify the number of good bacteria in your gut. There are several ways to do this, apart from taking probiotics (which is important too) and eating fermented foods — in other words, we also have to feed our guts prebiotics.

So, what are prebiotics, then?

In the simplest terms, they are foods like garlic, onions, artichokes, asparagus, green bananas, legumes and chicory.

Prebiotics help to encourage the growth of probiotics and maintain healthy gut bacteria. You also get the added benefit of absorbing your food a lot better.

That’s very important if you suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. It could be as simple as increasing your healthy gut microbiome to fix this problem.

There is also some evidence that eating prebiotic foods helps reduce our appetite — not to mention the added weight loss benefits from taking probiotics.

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What can you do to bring your gut back to health?

It’s not as hard as you think to begin getting all that good nourishing bacteria into your gut again.

What creates the most profound change is the diversity of bacteria — and that’s simply a matter of ensuring you have a lot of different foods.

Here are the most important ones you should try to include daily

One: Eat fermented foods every day when you take (or eat) probiotics, as these taken together will help to restore your gut bacteria

Two: Try not to take any antibiotics if you can help it. They kill your good gut bacteria and cause a lot of diarrhoea and inflammation.

Three: Take up an enjoyable form of exercise. Exercise is good for health and longevity, but it can also help keep your gut in good shape.

Four: Try not to eat processed sugar and any toxic artificial varieties you can find in soft drinks and sugar-free bars.

Five: Eat abundant fruit, veggies, and whole grains and eat in season. Try to stay away from any processed foods.

Six: Reduce your stress levels. Stress can cause all sorts of problems for our bodies, and our guts are no exception to this as well.

Key takeaways

Weight loss is not always about the calories you consume and burn; the health of your gut also governs it.

Science is now just hitting the spot of how important it is to take care of our gut bacteria as part of a healthy lifestyle — rather than a side thought.

All we have to do is eat a variety of whole foods, vegetables and as many prebiotic and fermented foods as possible.

That, mixed with exercise, a little laughter, and fun, will put you one step ahead of the weight loss game now and for life.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ange Dim

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