It's no secret that losing weight isn't easy. If it was, 42% of women and 14% of men in South Africa wouldn't be obese. Not only does obesity take a toll on your self-esteem, but also boosts your risk for cognitive impairment and mood disorders.
But here's some good news: According to emerging research, losing weight may be as easy as balancing your microbiome - a vast ecosystem of organisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi and viruses that live in your digestive pipes.
Here are our top tips for a healthy microbiome…
Four tips to balance your microbiome and lose weight
#1: Eat a variety of vegetables
Get into the habit of eating a number of different types of vegetables at each meal – grate some carrot, throw over a handful of pomegranate seeds or chop lots of different fresh herbs on top.
#2: Drink milk kefir every day
Milk kefir is a top probiotic that’s a convenient and delicious way to get tens of billions of beneficial bacteria into your gut in one sitting. You can blend it with fruit and nuts to make a smoothie, or mix it with olive oil, lemon juice and a touch of garlic for a tasty salad dressing.
Burn extra calories by eating more fat!
Did you know there’s one type of saturated fat
that encourages your body to burn more energy as fuel. And that only means one thing: You lose more weight.
#3: Snack on flaxseeds
Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are a fairly inexpensive superfoods
that are great for your gut bacteria. They produce a fuel to keep your gut lining in good repair. Sprinkle them over breakfast or add them to smoothies, soups and baked goods.
#4: Eat your potatoes cold
Potatoes have long been demonised for their high carbohydrate content, but they can actually be very good for your microbiome and consequently your weight. When potatoes cool down, they form a type of fibre known as resistant starch, which can’t be digested in the top half of your digestive tract. As a result, you feel full.
Additional tip: Eating slowly is important to optimal digestive health. If you wolf down your food, undigested food can reach your colon and lead to bloating, hunger and an unhealthy micobiome.
These simple actions can deliver big weight-loss results!
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