Your Weight And Your Gut

Losing weight and keeping it off is greatly influenced by your gut bacteria.

If you look back to the ’50s, there was a big push for people to gain weight. It was post-war, and a lot of food industries weren’t up and running properly. People were primarily eating real food.

The artificial foods that came to the forefront in the 60s changed things dramatically.
Today it’s all about losing weight on this diet or that diet. There is no shortage of factory food that damages our health rather than building it up. You need to eat the right food and have the right metabolic rate to get the kind of physique your want. The gut flora plays an instrumental role in weight management.

The following are the steps I recommend to anyone who wants to lose weight or keep their weight in a healthy range.

1. Firstly, you want little to no inflammation in the body. Your immune system needs to be functioning properly so that your gut doesn’t react to gluten or lectin or any other compound in food. Fixing a leaky gut solves a lot of problems that people have with food.

I’ve helped a lot of people fix leaky gut by removing junk from their diet. This allows their intestinal membrane to heal, and the excessive permeability disappears. Low and behold, they can eat foods they haven’t been able to tolerate for years. Now their gut is in a better position to properly digest a wide range of food.When you eat a broader range of foods, you end up with a much more diverse microbiota, which is essential for building good gut and immune health.

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2. Foods with the right amount and type of fiber are essential. These types of foods help control your appetite and metabolic rate. Fiber contributes to a feeling of satiety, so you’re not tempted to eat a sleeve of cookies or a couple of doughnuts. The lack of fiber in the classic ketogenic dieting concerns me. I think it contains too much meat, too much fat, and not enough carbs, including resistant starches.

3. Optimize your gut health. An unhealthy GI tract can increase your tendency to store fat. Many people with poor gut health also have decreased insulin sensitivity resulting in higher blood sugar and insulin levels. This leads to more inflammation, more fat storage, and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

It’s crucial to eat the right kinds of fiber, fats, and protein to keep the gut healthy. At the same time, avoid antibiotics if at all possible. This class of drugs can reduce the levels of beneficial bacteria in your gut. When that happens, the door is open for harmful bacteria and yeast to overgrow. This overgrowth can impair your immune system, distort your appetite, increase fat storage, cause fatigue, and trigger brain fog. When you feel that bad, it’s a lot more likely that you’ll reach for the second burger and extra ice cream cone. A healthy gut helps you make healthy food decisions and vice versa.

4. Build up the right balance of microbiota in your gut. I’ve been advocating this for 30 plus years, and my recommendations are being more and more validated by scientific research. Having a healthy mix of bacterial species in your guts helps maintain your metabolic rate, your weight, and your physique.


About Eric Bakker N.D.

Eric Bakker ND has completed almost ten years of study and has almost almost 25 years of clinical experience in natural and integrative forms of medicine, and has pursued continuous post-graduate study in Australia, America, India as well as in New Zealand.

Eric is the past Vice President of the NZ Natural Medicine Association and is currently on their editorial advisory board.