July 25, 2014
I’m going to share with you two fundamental concepts about weight loss. These concepts seem simple—but it’s surprising how often they get left out when people are talking about diet. Yet if you don’t follow these two simple concepts, your weight-loss attempts are probably going to be unsuccessful, no matter how little you eat or how much you exercise.
Ready? Here they are:
The microbiome is the community of trillions of bacteria that lives within your body. You depend upon your microbiome for many crucial aspects of your health, including your digestion, your metabolism—and your weight.
Without a healthy microbiome, you won’t have a healthy gut.
And without a healthy gut, you will find it extremely difficult to lose weight…and even more difficult to keep it off.
So let’s take a closer look.
Conventional medicine views your gut and your immune system as two separate systems. In reality, though, they are closely related—and your microbiome is crucial to both.
The lining of your gut wall is one cell thick. Right on the other side of that cell wall is your immune system. So any time the cells of your gut wall are not functioning optimally, your immune system suffers.
And what keeps your gut wall in tip-top shape? Your microbiome.
When your microbiome is full of friendly bacteria, your gut walls are healthy and strong, and your immune system functions in peak condition.
When the balance tips, and there are too many unfriendly bacteria in your microbiome, your gut and your immune system both suffer.
So if you’ve been getting lots of colds and infections, don’t blame it on the weather or on “the bug that’s going around.” Think about how you can support your microbiome. You’re your gut and your immune system will thank you for it.
An unhealthy gut leads to weight gain in a number of ways:
These are just some of the ways in which an unhealthy gut can make you fat.
So what’s the solution? The following steps can help you support your microbiome, heal your gut, and lose unwanted weight:
It’s remarkable how much difference your microbiome and your gut can make to your overall health—and to your weight. Healing your gut and balancing your microbiome are two of the most important items in your weight-loss toolkit.