Control your metabolic thermostat and lose weight with probiotics
It’s happened to almost everyone who’s ever tried dieting — you go on a diet, lose some weight and then gain it back again. In fact, you may even put on more weight than you lost initially, which means you have to go on another diet.
This is yo-yo dieting. And it can easily become an endless cycle: the more you diet, the more weight you gain in the long run. And if you gain more and more weight, you fall victim to an increased risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, fatty liver and other diseases.
It seems like an uphill battle, but…
There may be a simple answer.
Since weight loss and weight gain are tied to your gut bacteria and the polyphenols in your body, there’s an easy way to undo the damage of yo-yo dieting so your gut can back to controlling your metabolic thermostat and helping you lose weight…
The first step is to adopt a reasonable diet you can sustain for the long-term. Eating healthy will help you much more in the long run, than obsessively counting calories or adhering to an extreme diet craze. These diets are doomed from the start.
Instead, try to eat fresh food that’s as close to its natural form as possible. That means eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, grass-fed meats and whole grains, and less boxed or prepackaged meals and snacks like chips, cereals, and sweets (choose desserts that can actually help you lose weight, like this). Make sure you eat plenty of fiber (here’s a list to make that easy), because that feeds the bacteria in your gut and keeps them thriving.
Secondly, be sure to take a good quality probiotic to ensure the diversity of your gut microbiome. According to Dr. Mark Wiley, probiotics could be the key to successful weight loss — and plenty of studies back him up on that.
Lastly, pump up the polyphenols since they seem to keep your gut bacteria happy and your body healthy. For a diet that really works, seek out polyphenol-rich foods like:
- Seasonings such as cloves, sage, rosemary and thyme.
- Fruits and vegetables like strawberries, blackberries, plum, spinach, onions and broccoli.
- Nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds, pecans, almonds and hazelnuts.
- Dark chocolate
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A. Thaiss, et al. “Persistent microbiome alterations modulate the rate of post-dieting weight regain.” Nature, 2016.
J Pérez-Jiménez. “Identification of the 100 richest dietary sources of polyphenols: an application of the Phenol-Explorer database.” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010: 64, S112–S120.