You probably already know that you need to eat fewer calories than your body burns in order to effect weight loss, but what exactly should you eat?
Different people respond differently to changes in their diets based on the bacteria in their gut. There are many different types of bacteria in your gut (digestive tract) and the amount and composition of these bacteria, combined with the amounts and types of digestive enzymes, play a huge role when different foods are consumed.
Some people respond differently to different types of foods as all people do not have exactly the same amounts of various types of bacteria in their gut. You can cause the bacteria colonies in your gut to thrive and invite other healthy bacteria to colonize by simply eating some pro biotic foods as well as foods that have qualities that attract healthy gut bacteria to develop.
Your Gut Feeling
Your gut is so important that it is often called your ‘second brain’. Bacteria in your gut manufactures and releases many chemicals which are used by your brain to regulate many physiological processes. If your gut is not healthy and suffers an inability to absorb nutrients changes in your diet may result in a decline to your general health.
In order to test which foods you need to eat in your personal diet, you should ask and follow your own gut!
The state of your gut and gut bacteria influence your mood, how you feel as well as cravings, hunger and many of your other feelings.
Changes to the composition, density and ratio types of bacteria in your gut can be achieved by consuming a cocktail of antibiotics or by simply altering your dietary composition. If your start eating only pickles, sauerkraut (pickled cabbage), yogurt, cheese and other lactic rich dairy type foods, your gut bacterial composition as well as the ratio of different types of gut bacteria will change.
Each person has a unique composition and ratio of different gut bacteria and studies in blue zones (areas where the composition of people older than 100 years in age is far higher than the national average) has shown that general traits as well as longevity are both related to the ratios and composition of gut bacteria.
These are some of the foods proven to be effective in expanding colonies of healthy gut bacteria (as well as breaking down important dietary fiber):
- yogurt (avoid high sugar types),
- fermented milk products,
- dark chocolate,
- fermented rye,
- fermented beans,
- fermented rice,
- fermented barley products
- sauerkraut (fermented cabbage)
TIP: You can chop and change these diets and exchange calorie weights of foods with any of the above pro biotic and bacteria friendly foods!
Healthy weight loss diets
List of diets for weight loss (not balanced): 28 Day Diet ; 30 Day Diet (2)
Clinical Studies, Mayo Clinic & others (Elsevier, etc)
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