You probably know someone who is just naturally thin…
Someone who seems to be able to eat anything and not gain an ounce — never experiencing that up and down cycle that lifetime dieters battle.
So, what’s their secret? What makes it so easy for them to stay lean while others (the majority of us!) struggle to maintain a “healthy” weight… much less drop the belly bulge that makes it impossible to zip up skinny jeans.
That’s the million-dollar question. Because as hot as the weight loss product market is, anyone that can answer that would be set for life.
But the truth is, that’s the wrong way to go about it.
According to new research, we need to think about what’s going on inside the belly before we can lose it…
Your gut microbiome and your weight
Obesity, which affects the health of nearly 2 billion people worldwide, has been linked to a variety of factors including genetics, diet and even behavior. But research shows it could also be tied to problems in your gut microbiome.
By now, you know there are millions of tiny bacteria that live in your gut — some good for you and some not so good.
In fact, this population of gut flora is responsible for a large part of the health of your immune system. In other words, gut health equals immune health — and vice versa.
Interestingly enough, studies in mice have shown that differences in the gut microbiome composition in lean and obese animals can predispose a mouse to obesity. And scientists have found that when they transplant the microbiome of an obese human to an otherwise healthy animal, that animal can develop metabolic disorders.
This led researchers at University of Utah Health to speculate that the relationship between the immune system and gut health could affect weight gain and weight loss.
And guess what…
They were right!
Antibodies in your gut
Those scientists found that specialized immune cells called T follicular helper (TFH) cells can shield mice from obesity by promoting the production of immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies in their gut.
A fat antibody — who knew!
When those same mice were genetically altered to have defective TFH cell development, they produced little IgA. This resulted in symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including fat accumulation and insulin resistance.
See, that change in immune cells also stopped gut colonization by a beneficial bacterium known as Clostridia. But putting this class of immune-supporting microbes back in the animals kept them slim.
Put simply, beneficial gut bacteria promoted a healthy immune system that in turn promoted slimmer mice.
The probiotic approach to weight loss
So, the answer to the million-dollar question doesn’t include some fancy expensive weight loss product, diet book du jour or an insane fitness routine.
The answer is simple: Improve your gut microbiome with the right nutrition — starting with probiotic foods. Great food sources for probiotics include:
But if you’re like me and sometimes life gets too busy to eat right, I’ve got a super easy and convenient solution.
I just add a probiotic-rich food source directly to my favorite juice or smoothie. I like the taste much better than kimchi! Not only does it provide an unbeatable enzyme and probiotic blend, it also offers high levels of fiber, antioxidants, fruits, vegetables and greens that further support gut and immune system health.
So, if you’re ready to slim down — stop the yoyo dieting. It’s time to put the science of weight loss to work with probiotic nutrition that boosts the health of your gut and immune cells.