With almost two-thirds of Brits admitting to being on a diet “most of the time”  you’re definitely not alone when it comes to watching what you eat and calorie counting. Whether you’re looking to lose weight for health reasons, want to squeeze back into a favourite dress, or have been slowly putting on weight but not sure why, your best bet is to look at your gut health.
Strict diets can often be hard to follow, and quick fixes, which promise instant weight loss results, are not sustainable in the long term and often lead to weight gain. To ensure a healthy weight loss, it is important to follow a balanced diet, which will give you all the nutrients you need to fuel your body and prevent you from falling “off the wagon”. It seems to be there case that strict diets are being followed when it comes to digestive discomfort such as gluten free, dairy free or low FODMap, to name a few, but you are better off looking at the cause of these issues.
- Do you get sugar cravings?
- Struggle with losing weight when your friends have no issue?
- Training in the gym all the time but nothing works?
- Weight been slowly increasing and have no idea why?
How modern life impacts our gut and makes us fat
Research suggests that a healthy gut bacterium is crucial to maintaining normal weight and metabolism . Unfortunately, several factors of modern life can directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:
- Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and painkillers
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- Diets low in fermentable fibres
- Toxins from pesticides and pollution
- Chronic stress
- Even lack of variety in your nutrition.
Keeping your gut healthy and balanced is essential when trying to lose weight. Good, live bacteria help to rebalance the gut flora and support a healthy digestion, which in turn could aid with weight loss and the reduction of fat tissue.
Top tips to maintaining a healthy shape:
- Move everyday – love what exercise you do.
- Swap processed foods that damage the gut for real foods like colourful fibrous fruit and veg.
- Consume a good quality protein with each meal.
- Eat good fats such as avocado, coconut oil, salmon, nuts and eggs. Eat fat to lose fat. Plus fats are more satisfying and heal the gut lining.
- Try to manage stress levels by taking walks, meditate, doing calming exercise like yoga as intense exercise when you are already stressed will just cause more damage to the gut.
- Remove toxins like alcohol and smoking
- Taking probiotics and prebiotics has the potential to bind to and remove toxins released from fat storage during weight loss to help enhance results.
So forget the fad diets and kick start your weight loss regime by healing your gut first.
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What are you tips for weight loss and improving gut health?
What tips can you share that have helped you with weight loss? Perhaps you have some hints to improving your gut health? Let us know in the comment box below.
References: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/03/10/majority-brits-are-on-a-diet-most-of-the-time_n_9426086.html  https://chriskresser.com/a-healthy-gut-is-the-hidden-key-to-weight-loss/