Trust Your Gut To Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

Trusting your gut can do more than spark creativity or keep you out of unhealthy situations–it can also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight!

Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds or simply maintain your current weight, it’s rarely an easy task. After all, the standard American lifestyle that so many of us have become accustomed to is full of unhealthy processed foods and busy schedules that allow very little time for exercise. It’s no wonder losing weight often feels like an uphill battle. 

But what about those times when you’re doing everything right? You are exercising regularly, controlling your portions, and skipping sugary treats, but you still can’t seem to make any progress. What gives? If this sounds familiar, then the answer may lie within–that is, within your gut microbiome. Let us explain. 

What is the Gut Microbiome?

There are trillions of microscopic organisms that live in and on your body, and the vast majority of them reside in your digestive tract, making up what is commonly known as the gut microbiome. While we commonly think of bacteria as bad or harmful to our health, we assure you that there’s no reason to worry. Yes, some of the types of bacteria that reside in your gut microbiome can be harmful; however, most of them are helpful and actually play an important role in a variety of bodily functions such as nutrient absorption, hormone regulation, immune response, waste elimination, and food cravings. 

Similar to a fingerprint, no two gut microbiomes are the same. The composition of bacteria in your gut is unique to you, but it can be altered slightly based on a variety of factors like the environment you live in, the foods you eat, and the medications you take. While this may be the case, our gut microbiomes do have one thing in common–in order to stay healthy, the colonies of good bacteria need to be large and diverse so they do not become overwhelmed by the harmful bacteria. If this balance is not maintained, it can affect both your overall health and your ability to lose weight. 

Your Gut Microbiome and Weight Management

While there is no such thing as skinny microbes or fat bacteria, the bacteria in your gut microbiome do help regulate things like digestion and hormone production, which both play a role in controlling your weight. 

Digestion 

The bacteria in your gut line your digestive tract and assist with both the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients. However, some types of bacteria have a more profound impact on this process than others, with two types being particularly important – Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. 

Let’s start with Firmicutes, which are your gut’s fat-loving microbes. They are excellent at turning food into energy and storing it as fat for later use. Meanwhile, Bacteroidetes are the exact opposite. They absorb the calories from the food you eat and convert them into energy that your body can use immediately. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that some studies have found that lean people tend to have more Bacteroidetes and fewer Firmicutes than those who are overweight. 

Hormone Production 

Your body naturally produces a variety of hormones that play a role in appetite regulation, including ghrelin and leptin

In addition to affecting how your body digests food, your gut flora also has the ability to influence the production of a variety of hormones. Two of the hormones produced by your gut microbiome are ghrelin and leptin, which both play a role in appetite regulation. Ghrelin is a hormone that contributes to feelings of hunger while leptin suppresses your appetite to initiate the feeling of being full. Needless to say, low levels of leptin or high levels of ghrelin can both inhibit weight loss by driving you to eat when your body isn’t actually hungry. 

How exactly does this relate to your gut health? Research has found that the microbes in your gut can stimulate certain cells and neurotransmitters that promote the production and secretion of both of these appetite-regulating hormones. Therefore, the balance of bacteria in your gut plays an important role in whether you feel hungry or full. 

If you have been struggling to lose those last few pounds and think your gut may be to blame, don’t fret. There are steps you can take to improve your gut health and get your weight loss journey back on track. You can start with simple daily habits like eating more whole foods, exercising daily, and taking a probiotic supplement

Join Us to Rebalance and Reboot Your Gut 

At New Earth, we understand the importance of gut health not only for weight loss, but for your overall health and wellbeing, and we want to help make having a healthy gut as easy as possible. That’s why we created the 30-Day Gut Reboot, a month-long challenge designed to help you create sustainable daily habits that support a healthy gut and a healthy you. So go ahead, take the first step to a healthier gut and join the challenge today! 

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