The obesity epidemic is a serious problem across the world. It has wreaked havoc on the health of millions upon millions of people. The visceral fat that we get around our middles is much more than an eye sore.
The health problems associated with extra weight around the middle are astronomically bad. Think things like life-threatening heart attacks, Type II Diabetes, and a host of other diseases. Well, I’m here to tell you that your gut flora may be playing a massive role in your body fat composition and weight fluctuations.
What in the heck?
Have you ever seen the individual that shovels ten plates of pasta in their mouths at dinner and doesn’t gain a pound? Then, you look at a milkshake and your butt grows by an inch. Then your try a healthy diet to lose weight but that “unhealthy metabolism” gets in the way.
Many of us wish and pray to kick start that fire of a metabolism. Hoping that one day, if you eat early enough and exercise hard enough it will magically turn on. Almost like an engine starts up in a car and begins to burn fuel.
Well according to a study accomplished in the UK this may be bunk science (1). Wouldn’t that be nice? To think that you’re either born with a bon fire in your gullet or food moves through you like molasses is quite disconcerting.
What the Kings College in London found by studying over 1000 identical twins was that a small portion of the genes a person is born with dictates long term weight gain. Meaning, that it’s not based on the metabolism that you’re “born with.”
You know what was more influential than genes? The microbiome and diversity of the microbiome in the subjects. Those that had a broader diversity of gut flora were leaner. Outstandingly, the major difference between the twins that were lean and twins that were fat was based on their microbiome.
My Gut Is Giving Me A Gut?
The short answer to this is, yes, it could be. Your poor gut flora may be causing you to gain weight. The reason this is happening isn’t complicated.
Essentially, when you have a broad diversity of gut flora each “tribe,” so to speak, is smaller. There’s only so much room for the trillions of little bacteria you have living inside your large intestine.
When one “tribe” begins to take over the others die off. As this happens you begin to have an overabundance of one specific strain or a few specific strains. So, when this happens because of the normal Western diet or the SAD we get fat. Here’s why.
When the diversity of little critters dwindles the tribes that often take over are those that create the enzymes necessary to digest carbs. After all, we mostly eat carbohydrates in the West. So, when that happens we burn an excess amount of carbs.
I Look At Bread And Gain Five Pounds!
This saying for many is all too true. Well, it may be because of your poorly populated gut flora. You are essentially, burning and storing way more carbohydrates than you could ever possibly need.
Your gut flora sucks. So, you have nothing to keep the carb digesting bacteria at bay. If you don’t change this situation you’ll have to starve yourself to lose weight and then gain it back in half the time it took you to lose it.
This is a terrible cycle. Not only is it unhealthy but it’s wildly defeating.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
The exciting news is, there’s SO MUCH you can do to turn this downward spiral up and in a different direction! YOU can take charge of your health and future. Thanks to the incredible research in epigenetics, you can modify what genes are expressed by diet and lifestyle factors.
So, set up a free 45 minute consultation with us. We’re here to help and serve you. We’ll get clear on where you are and where you want to go then hammer out a plan to get there.
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