Obesity and Stomach Bacteria: Can a Healthy Gut Help One Lose Weight?
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Obesity and Stomach Bacteria: Can a Healthy Gut Help One Lose Weight?

There are many theories to why we may getting obese and how to lose the weight. New studies show that the reason behind the challenge to lose pounds could be in our gut. Microbes tend to be different in an obese person, making it harder to lose weight. Processing a proper gut takes time, but it is achievable through a healthy diet and exercise.

Losing weight is a losing battle for some. No matter what weight loss program a dieter tends to, it takes forever to drop a pound and the stress of not feeling just a bit thinner is too much to bare. While some may eat to their heart’s content and stay svelte and lively, others just can’t lose the pounds. Most focus on cutting calories or exercise to find a slimmer body, but scientists are now finding out that obesity may stem from the gut.

Health messages cover the web and media posting how to eat, how to exercise and telling us we just don’t move the way our ancestors moved. Well, maybe, that’s true, but even when some of us start to diet and exercise, the results are just not there. Scientists are now learning that gut bacteria may have a huge role in obesity along with other diseases such as diabetes and insulin sensitivity. When bacteria in the stomach is altered, it may throw the gut out of whack. Sugars, flours and most processed food prompts an inflammatory response in our guts changing bacteria. Unfriendly bacteria alters the entire environment of the gut, triggering insulin responses.

There are several theories out there telling us why we gain weight: 

  • Lack of movement
  • Modern day conveniences
  • Portion sizes
  • Stress
  • Work place--desk and office jobs
  • Hormonal imbalance

But do calories matter and is there any effect to where the calories come from? It turns out that everyone has a unique set of bacteria in their guts. The gut takes in food and then decides on what to absorb.The microbes in the body, which have a larger population than our cells, have a direct impact on metabolism. Obese people have different microbes than those that are thin. The obese population collect microbes from fat they have stored, using macronutrients less effectively. According to onlinelibrary-wiley.com, gut bacteria contributes to weight gain plus glucose and fat metabolism. Each person has a unique threshold to the amount of protein that can be consumed and  some seem to reach satiety sooner than others. So just like our fingerprints, we are all unique and our bodies are made up in their own unique way.

A study recently published, took thin mice from a germ free environment and tried to fatten them with diet. They had no luck with the results. When they exposed the mice to bad bacteria from fat mice, the thin mice gained weight. This trial highlights how children from obese parents may have a battle with weight as well, whether it's inheriting the bacteria or just eating a similar diet.

So, are we doomed if our parents have trouble with weight? Not necessarily. Eating a whole food diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can get bacteria back on track as well as supplementing a diet with a quality probiotic. Exercise also keeps toxins out of the body. So, it still comes down to exercise and diet for an overall healthy approach.

Sources:

www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com

www.theconversation.edu.au

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Comments (5)

Exercise are great, well done Cheryl.

thanks, ron. I agree!! Exercise makes a huge difference.

Very interesting analysis, I enjoyed reading your article!

thanks all for the nice comments!

ill go for exercise, very effective.

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