Want to Lose Weight? Trust Your Gut

It’s that time of year again we dread. Well, unless you’re Gigi Hadid or Kendall Jenner. It’s swimsuit season. I started singing “It’s the most dreadful time of the year…” while browsing the swimwear aisle at Target recently. Oddly enough, no one found this funny.

Why is everyone so determined to be angry?

That’s a blog for another day. Instead, let’s focus on what these ladies were angry about. We hate swimsuit shopping. I tend to feel invincible in a swimsuit however, that’s only if I don’t catch my reflection in the water.

If you’re looking to lose weight ahead of summer, try to trust your gut.

We’ve heard all the diet trends out there… Less fat, less carbs. No sweets, no refined sugars. More fruits, more vegetables. Atkins. Nutrisystem. Slimfast. It’s enough to make your head spin. What if we changed our thinking though? What if we focused on giving our gut what it needs and therefore befriended the beast in an effort to make it work for us?

That’s the idea behind “The Gut Makeover: 4 Weeks to Nourish Your Gut, Revolutionize Your Health, and Lose Weight.”

It’s a book written by Jeannette Hyde, who was a recent guest on Good Morning America. She discussed finding the balance with the bacteria in your gut. With “trillions of bacteria living in the gut” it was about time for Hyde to tap into that resource, which turns out to be three to four pounds of life-altering stuff.

Hyde said that this bacterial balance could effect several areas of our health, like weight, immune system and mental health.

I have to say that I agree with her. We are well-manufactured machines created to work in harmony. If you put the wrong gas in your car, it’s gonna kick the bucket. But if you give it what it was designed to run on, it purrs like a kitten.

Earlier this year I adopted the idea of Lent into my life. I decided that I wanted to give up refined and added sugars. It wasn’t easy for someone who ate bread on a regular basis, but I wanted to try. I just had to see what kind of effect it would have on my body. Was I perfect? No, but I still saw incredible results. Not only did I drop some weight, I felt better, my skin looked healthier and I could see more definition in my body. I also found that when I ate fried, heavy, or sugary foods I felt awful.

There’s something to this “gut reset.”

Hyde recommends that you give up sugar, wheat, alcohol (who is she kidding?), caffeine (are you crazy?) and dairy for two weeks. So what can you eat? Colorful fruits and vegetables and fiber. In addition to this, she recommends not eating for 12 hours a day, i.e. closing the kitchen at a decent hour and getting your beauty rest.

I feel that once your gut is running smoothly and you start seeing results, it will be easy to stick to. Would you give it a try?

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