You might not think much about it, but your microbiome actually plays a role in your ability to lose weight and keep it off for the long term.
The human body has as many bacteria as there are human cells (1). With this in mind, some researchers have found that certain bad bacteria are actually responsible for producing toxins that make you more prone to being insulin resistant.
In case you didn’t know, insulin resistance makes it very difficult for your body to burn fat for energy.
Additionally, an imbalance of gut bacteria can cause inflammation, contribute to diabetes, and make weight loss difficult.
Fortunately, there are foods that you can eat to make sure you have more of the good bacteria in your body to help keep the bad ones under control.
And the best part is that gut bacteria react quite quickly to a change in diet.
Just eating the types of foods that healthy gut bacteria thrive on and multiply on can help you manage your weight in no time!
Just add one to three servings per day of these prebiotic and / or probiotic foods. Eating these will not only help you lose weight, but it will also help prevent sugar cravings.
Prebiotic foods for weight loss:
- Raw dandelion leaves
- Raw or cooked onion
- Raw garlic
- Raw leeks
- Raw asparagus
Probiotic foods for weight loss:
- Plain yogurt (no added sugar)
- Raw milk cheese
- Cultivated vegetables (chilled, unpasteurized)
- Kimchi (spicy Korean condiment)
- Kombucha (effervescent culture drink)
- Bone broth
The bottom line is that the healthier your gut bacteria, the easier it will be to lose weight.
There’s a reason lean people have more gut bacteria and a more diverse microbiome than those who are overweight or obese. (2)