Dr Oz: The Skinny Gut Diet
Dr. Oz explained that there may be a reason for your continual weight gain and the solution may be right there in your kitchen and in your gut.
Dr. Oz explained that inside your intestines, there are a trillion bacteria that live inside your GI tract and make up 90% of the cells in your body. We all have good bacteria and bad bacteria in our gut, but everyone’s ecosystem works differently. Dr. Oz explained that sometimes the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria and some experts believe that when the microbes are out of balance, it can lead to obesity. If you can learn to balance the bacteria, you can lose the weight for good.
Dr. Oz welcomed the author of The Skinny Gut Diet, Brenda Watson, to his show to talk about what we’re doing wrong with our gut. Brenda said the most common misconception is that when we have cravings or give in to eating unhealthy, it was due to a lack of willpower. Now research is showing us that it can actually be the gut bacteria asserting their willpower over you, creating those cravings. As Dr. Oz said, we have more bacteria in our gut than we do cells in our body, and so good bacteria levels thrive on foods that keep people lean, whereas the bad bacteria will thrive on sugary and processed foods
Dr Oz: Skinny Vs Fat Bacteria
Brenda calls the good bacteria the skinny bacteria, and the bad bacteria the fat bacteria. A woman named Autumn explained that she had been gaining and losing the same 30 pounds and said her biggest frustration is that she goes to the gym and makes healthy food choices, but she can’t lose the weight. She said she’s 31 years old, getting married in eight months, and wants to be able to live a long happy life with her future husband.
Dr Oz: More Fiber, Less Fat
Brenda shared that she had a three-step program to increase the be skinny bacteria and get rid of the fatty bacteria. Brenda first said that if you take in 35 grams of fiber a day, you will flush out 245 calories a day. She explained that fiber comes from good foods like kale, vegetables, and nuts and seeds. Brenda said that we never get rid of fat bacteria, we just want to bring it into a balance, which will help the cravings go away.
Brenda explained that fiber-rich foods act as a food for the good bacteria and fiber also absorbs calories as well as keeping you full.
Dr Oz: Balance Your Gut With Live Foods
Brenda also suggested that you eat live foods, which means a lot of vegetables and low-sugar fruits. She divided live foods into fruits and vegetables and then fermented foods. A fermented food that Brenda suggested was pickles found in the refrigerated section, not on the shelf. She explained that fermented foods have live bacteria in them, and some more examples include sauerkraut and Greek yogurt.
Brenda’s third tip was to restrict sugar, and said it can come in all kinds of forms. She said you have to starve the fat bacteria.